Workshop with Agnes Wilcox and Open Studio with Charlie Watts

Agnes Wilcox, founder and former artistic director of Prison Performing Arts in St. Louis, directed plays and taught poetry in the Missouri prison system for over twenty years. She produced and directed plays by Shakespeare, ancient and modern classics, and actor-devised plays. In 2012, Agnes inaugurated a new program with men about to be released from prison. Going Home engages inmates in productions they create and perform, in which the actors examine their hopes and fears about returning to society Agnes developed and directed two museum-theatre projects for the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, "Staging Old Masters" in 2010 and "Staging Reflections of the Buddha" in 2012. Those productions involved former prison inmates and homeless veterans as creators and performers of a series of scenes examining the artwork in one of the museum’s exhibitions.

Atlanta-based queer artist Charlie Watts seeks to create images not of this world, to use photography as a stepping-stone to the unknown realm just past the peripheral edge of consciousness. She creates images to bring imagination into fruition and provide a visual escape from the mundane to the fantastical. This spring, Watts finished an MFA program in photography with the San Francisco Art Institute after graduating with highest honors and a B.A. in art history and visual arts at Emory University. She has been a member of the Dashboard CO-OP and a resident with The Creatives Project, through which she teaches photography in underserved neighborhoods.

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