Audience Engagement Events for "Not About Nightingales"

Are the issues that inspired Tennessee Williams to write "Not About Nightingales" still relevant today? On Sunday, April 30 and Thursday, May 18, we will host speakers from organizations that review current incarceration practices in Illinois to give an update and take questions from the audience.

There is no additional charge to attend any of these post-show events. Regular ticket prices apply for the performances of "Not About Nightingales."

Sunday, April 30, 2017  - following 3 pm performance

Post-show discussion with members of the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform

(Discussion will begin approximately 5:30 pm)

The Commission is charged with developing comprehensive, evidence-based strategies to meet the goal of reducing Illinois’ prison population 25 percent by 2025.

Guests: Commission members Dr. David Olson, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Loyola University; and Pamela Rodriguez - President and CEO, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities

Sundays, May 7, 14, 28, June 4 - Audience Talk-backs -- led by Assistant Director Jack Bourgeois - following 3 pm performances

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - following 7:30 pm performance

Post-show discussion with Jennifer Vollen-Katz, Executive Director, The John Howard Association

(Discussion will begin approximately 10 pm)

The John Howard Association, or JHA, independently monitors correctional facilities, policies and practices, and advances reforms needed to achieve a fair, humane and effective criminal justice system in Illinois.


David Olson (April 30) is as a Professor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at Loyola University Chicago, where he is also the Graduate Program Director, and previously served as Department Chairperson and Director of Loyola’s interdisciplinary Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Olson worked at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he was a Senior Scientist responsible for overseeing the evaluation of federally funded drug and violent crime control efforts in the State of Illinois. During his 29 years in the field of criminal justice, David has worked with a variety of federal, state and local agencies to develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies, particularly in the area of community and institutional corrections.

Pamela Rodriguez (April 30) is president of TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities), a statewide provider of prison diversion and community reentry services. In addition to leading TASC’s services for courts, corrections, and child welfare systems, Ms. Rodriguez directs TASC’s public policy and international consulting services. She serves on the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform; the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, an independent organization in the U.S. executive branch; the oversight board of Redeploy Illinois, which supports community-based alternatives to incarceration for youth; the Illinois Juvenile Justice Leadership Council; and the advisory board of the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice. Recognized as an expert in connectingresearch to clinical practice, Ms. Rodriguez has co-authored numerous articles on alternatives to incarceration and access to health care for justice populations.

Jennifer Vollen-Katz (May 18) is an attorney and the Executive Director of the John Howard Association of Illinois. She oversees the Association’s work monitoring the conditions and programming in all Illinois correctional facilities, as well as helping to create and implement operational and policy reform system wide. Jennifer is the past Chairperson and a current board member of the State Advisory Board to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice; a board member on the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, for which she serves as the Chairperson of the Appeals Committee; a member of the Federal Defender Program, Salvation Army, and Chicago Community Bond Fund Advisory Boards; and she is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.