The Theater of Change:

Reimagining Justice Through Abolition

Artist Application


Broadway Advocacy Coalition​ and Columbia Law School​ continue their multi-year partnership by offering a semester-long course entitled The Theater of Change: Reimagining Justice through Abolition.


Applications are open to participants from any artistic discipline interested in learning how to use their own skills and expertise for social change. The course will run from January 21st to April 8th, 2021. See below for more details. Participants will be compensated for participation in the course. 

Applications will be processed starting December 6th. Participants will be selected and informed by late December 2020.


The course will be administered online over the course of a number of required sessions. Those sessions will be made up of: 

  • Five 2-hour classes (on several Thursdays over the course from 7:10-9:00pm)

  • One week-end retreat (February 5-7)

  • Four 3-hour small group sessions (scheduled based on group availability)

  • One share-out (to be scheduled based on availability)

If you have any questions about the course or schedule expectations, please email


If you would like to view the recording of the Information Session or have any questions about the course or schedule expectations, please email


Amidst resounding calls to abolish the current state of the country’s criminal legal system, notably prisons and the police, the arts provides a critical space to imagine alternatives and promote those envisionings as achievable realities. The semester will focus on issues of abolition, reimagining justice, and strengthening communities, and will be informed by the expertise of the community leaders with extensive experience both fighting and feeling the effects of these systems. Artists will join forces with law students and community advocates to create performance pieces that envision a path to abolition and strategize how and where these performances can occur to achieve sustainable impact. The course will also build artistic capacity to merge high quality, high impact, rigorous artistry with community narratives, policy analysis, and effective policy advocacy. The goals of this course are not only to facilitate an exchange of ideas across disciplines, but to ​form lasting partnerships that can continue to generate game-changing work into the future.

Photos by William Alatriste

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