Press Release: National Theatre Performance

Vision from Prison Brings DC Middle-Schoolers to Premiere a Show at The National Theatre

Formerly incarcerated entrepreneur partners on youth program, culminating in performance at The National Theatre

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 1, 2022) — In a unique multi-stakeholder collaboration, DC middle-schoolers will premiere a show at The National Theatre on April 21, 2022 starting at 7PM entitled Through Our Eyes. Formerly incarcerated entrepreneur Devin Smith and DC-based criminal justice advocacy nonprofit Voices Unbarred teamed up with The National Theatre Foundation, Georgetown University’s A.S.K., and The Social Justice School to make this show possible.

The performance represents the culmination of ANCRD Voices (pronounced “anchored voices”), a nine-week program that integrates community violence prevention and Theater of the Oppressed(T/O) techniques to facilitate social emotional learning and advocacy training. In this program students explore their personal visions and create advocacy pieces related to their perspectives on current social justice issues.

CEO of Ship and Anchor and Voices Unbarred board member Devin Smith remarks on what he believes is the value of the program,

“this is how you build an army of advocates, confident and equipped to advocate powerfully from lived experience. It’s a game changer, and I believe that’ll reflect in the performance.”

Smith initiated the ANCRD Voices program drawing from the “What’s Your Anchor” framework he began drafting while in prison nearly 10 years ago. Both Smith and Co-creator Lori Pitts, Voices Unbarred founder and Ally Theatre Creative Director, are alumni of DC government’s 202Creates Residency Program.

Tickets to this performance are free, but limited. You must register via Eventbrite. A reception and talkback will follow the performance. Audience members must be vaccinated and wear masks in order to attend.


About Ship and Anchor: Ship and Anchor is a social impact and management consulting agency that helps drive value for organizations primarily through communications, value-driven relationship-building, and education and training for businesses that market to or serve its four Impact Groups: 1) Current/Formerly Incarcerated, 2) BIPOC, 3) Students, 4) Entrepreneurs/Small Business. For more info visit

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