Tofteland to discuss 'Shakespeare Behind Bars'

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University’s Forester Lecture Series will feature Curt Tofteland, producing artistic director of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Center for the Arts.

Tofteland will show the 90-minute documentary film, “Shakespeare Behind Bars,” and a discussion will follow. The film highlights his organization, Shakespeare Behind Bars, the only North American Shakespeare Company contained within the walls of a medium-security adult male prison. “Shakespeare Behind Bars” premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to screen at more than 35 film festivals around the world, winning a total of 10 film awards.

“It’s a great story of how the theatre can aid in reforming hardened criminals,” said Mike Burnett, chairman of the Department of Theatre Arts.

Huntington University presents the Forester Lecture Series each semester. The lectures are designed to bring interesting people and topics to the attention of students and the regional community. All lectures are open to the public free of charge.
 Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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