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Michael Morgan: The Odyssey Project

Michael Morgan (UCSB):$5,000 for The Odyssey Project (Local Demonstration Project)

In the summer of 2012, Michael Morgan offered a course that was designed to confront the problem of youthful criminal offenders in a theatrically creative way. In this class, UC students partner with a group of gang members from Los Prietos Boys Camp, a detention facility, to tell their stories using the heroic template from the Odyssey of Homer. The project culminates in a production downtown where everyone, university students and gang members, are all heroes in their journey toward identify and recovering their authentic voice in society.

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