Huntington University is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana

shakespeare at pendleton

Shakespeare at Pendleton is a program for inmates at the Pendleton Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Madison County, Indiana. The prison’s average daily population in 2012 was 1,840 inmates. Shakespeare at Pendleton intends to guide the participants through the study and performance of Shakespeare, with the goals of increasing their cultural opportunities and of using Shakespeare’s works to re-examine their lives.

Huntington University professor of English Dr. Jack Heller began Shakespeare at Pendleton in October 2013. His inspiration for beginning this program came from seven years of visiting and volunteering for Shakespeare Behind Bars in Lagrange, Kentucky and in Muskegon Heights, Michigan. In those seven years, he has taken frequent trips with Huntington University students to the prisons, has given guest lectures to the inmates, has conducted four summer seminars, and has arranged to contribute resources to the prison libraries. In the summer of 2013, several prison theatre practitioners challenged Dr. Heller to begin Shakespeare at Pendleton. Its first meeting occurred on October 18, 2013.

For those interested in giving to this effort, we are accepting contributions. Contributions will be used for books, media, and supplies, for visits and assistance from theatre professionals, for performance-related expenses, and for travel expenses. To make an online contribution, please go to, find the box labeled “Other Gift Designation,” and enter Shakespeare at Pendleton.