Ashley Lucas is Associate Professor of Theatre & Drama, the Residential College, the Penny Stamps School of Art & Design, and English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan (UM). She is the Former Director of the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), a founding member of the Carceral State Project, and a co-primary investigator on a large-scale humanities archival project called Documenting Criminalization and Confinement. Lucas is also the author of an ethnographic play about the families of prisoners entitled Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass, which she has performed as a one-woman show throughout the U.S. and in Ireland, Brazil, and Canada. Her forthcoming book Prison Theatre and the Global Crisis of Incarceration (Bloomsbury, Sept. 2020) examines the ways in which incarcerated people use theatre to counteract the dehumanizing forces of the prison.

The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) provides arts programming inside all 27 adult prisons in the state of Michigan and also works with youth and formerly incarcerated people.