Noah Bragg is the coordinator and co-facilitator of community programming at Maine Inside Out. He joined MIO as a volunteer in 2016 and then as an Americorps VISTA member in 2017. Previously, Noah worked as a business strategy consultant, research assistant in Latin American history, and youth tennis coach. He holds a B.A. in English and Latin American Studies from Bowdoin College and is a proud alumni of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He has trained in nonviolent communication, theater of the oppressed, physical theatre, and ensemble creation.
Margot Fine is a co-founder and operations director at Maine Inside Out. Prior to her time at MIO she served as a clinician at McGeachey Hall, Sebago Educational Alliance, as a crisis worker at Opportunity Alliance, as the the Director of LearningWorks’ Alternative to Detention program, and youth advocacy case worker at Preble Street Teen Center. Margot brings a strong anti-racist movement building orientation to all of her work. She a trained and licensed as clinical social worker, with her practice rooted in radical social change strategies for structural transformation and community justice. Margot holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine.
Joseph Jackson is the Youth and Community Liaison at Maine Inside Out. He is also the coordinator of Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, a group that engages in direct advocacy with the Maine Department of Corrections on behalf of prisoners and their families. Mr. Jackson was convicted in 1995 of manslaughter and sentenced to the Maine Department of Corrections where he served nineteen years. As a prisoner, Mr. Jackson completed Literacy Volunteer Training, PEER Education, Work Ready Alternatives to Violence, One, Two, and Three. He is a founder of the Maine State Prison chapter of the NAACP and has served on its executive committee in several capacities from 2003-2012. While incarcerated, Mr. Jackson earned his Associate and Bachelor’s degrees with summa cum laude honors from the University of Southern Maine in Augusta. Later that year, he was selected as a member of Who's Who among students in colleges and universities in 2012. Mr. Jackson became the first prisoner in Maine to be selected to University of Southern Maine’s graduate program at StoneCoast while still a prisoner. Mr. Jackson represented the University of Southern Maine in Augusta’s 50 years 50 portraits for their 50 year anniversary in 2015. Mr. Jackson earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Maine and was one of four commencement speakers for his class. Joseph Jackson has published poetry in the on-line news journal Village Soup, in 2003 & 2004. His poetry is featured in Portland and Bangor’s NAACP Martin Luther King breakfast catalogs from 2005-2012. Mr. Jackson's poem Brighter Days was published in the UMA Scholar in 2012. His poetry was featured in Bangor Daily News in 2014. In January 2016, Mr. Jackson released his master’s thesis Black In Maine to the world. You can find the digital copy at https://usm.maine.edu/library.
Chiara Liberatore is a co-founder and director of programs at Maine Inside Out. Prior to her time at MIO she has worked in numerous settings using original theater as a tool for social change. She started as a volunteer for the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan, co facilitating ongoing theater workshops in various adult prisons in Michigan. She continued on as program staff at Music Theater Workshop (now Story Catcher's Theater) in Chicago working both with incarcerated youth inside the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center and with youth in neighborhoods greatly impacted by the Prison Industrial Complex. Chiara is committed to practicing the values and pedagogy learned through her deep study of the work of Paolo Friere and Augusto Boal Boal and Theater of the Oppressed technique. Chiara holds a B.A. in Psychology and English Literature from The University of Michigan and a completed internship at the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory in New York City.
Tessy Seward is a co-founder and director of development and finance director at Maine Inside Out. She has been writing, directing and performing in Maine for fifteen years, and has a long history developing and facilitating theater workshops with youth. Her work includes therapeutic theater workshops for resettled teens in Baton Rouge after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Portland-based projects at Learning Works, the Preble Street Teen Center and Portland High School, and Maine Inside Out workshops at Maine Department of Corrections’ Women’s Reentry Center and Long Creek Youth Development Center. Tessy studied with Theater of the Oppressed founder Augusto Boal at the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory in New York City. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Southern Maine, with training in group facilitation, expressive arts therapy, multi-cultural counseling, non-violent communication, and crisis intervention, and a B.A. in English from Williams College.
Maine Inside Out is a 501 © (3) nonprofit organization founded in 2008 and based in Portland, Maine. We have offered theater programs at Maine’s juvenile correctional facility, Long Creek Youth Development Center, for the past ten years, working with more than 250 incarcerated youth to create and share powerful original theater inside LCYDC and in communities across the state. Since 2014, we have also engaged with released youth, to improve outcomes for youth returning home after incarceration through meaningful community engagement, peer and adult support, leadership development and practical skill-building.
Maine Inside Out was founded with the intention of building a movement for transformative justice, in which communities acknowledge and attend to the social, structural and systemic roots of crime and harm. We believe that oppression is at the root of all forms of harm.
Maine Inside Out’s chosen practice is art, and in particular, theater. Our work has a strong foundation in Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed and the critical pedagogy of Boal’s friend and mentor Paolo Friere. Maine Inside Out workshops involve a collaborative, creative process in which participants learn to identify the root causes of both internal and external sources of oppression, while developing a powerful language to inform and engage the greater community in dialogue about social change.