Lulu, I Hear You ... is a performance piece based on poetry and stories RTA received from the men and women we work with at NYS prisons during the Covid-19 pandemic. Adapted by Joe Giardina and directed by Thomas Coté, the cast is made up of RTA alumni and teaching artists who wish to share the voices of our members still incarcerated.
A talk-back followed the performance and featured RTA alumni released over the past few months, who spoke directly about the experience of being locked down, locked in and released during a pandemic.
Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA) stands with others in outrage and grief over the killings of George Floyd and countless other victims brutalized by institutionalized oppression.
As an organization working in prison for almost 25 years, RTA cannot be silent. We see our society’s structural racism in the faces of the mostly brown and black people RTA serves every day.
As a prison organization, we stand in solidarity with incarcerated people and all people of color. As an arts organization, we are committed to telling the story of our shared humanity.
RTA uses the transformative power of the arts to help people in prison develop skills to unlock their potential and succeed in the larger community.
Founded at Sing Sing in 1996, RTA operates a wide-ranging arts program in New York State prisons in the Hudson Valley, serving over 200 incarcerated men & women.