The Prometheus Project: Amnesty International and the A.R.T.

The Prometheus Project is a partnership between the American Repertory Theater and Amnesty International to bring the theater arts to the service of human rights advocacy. 

In an effort to bring the power of theater to aid the fight for universal human rights, the A.R.T. will dedicate the run of Prometheus Bound to eight Amnesty Actions calling to free prisoners of conscience and fight against human rights abuses all over the world. By singing the story of Prometheus, the God who defied the tyrant Zeus by giving the human race both fire and art, we hope to bring a voice to all prisoners of conscience currently being silenced by tyrannical governments. At each performance, the audience can become an activist for a specific cause or prisoner.

Below is information on the eight selected cases where individuals are currently suffering major human rights violations. Please take a moment to learn about these people’s stories and discover what action you can take to help.

At the bottom of the page, you will find detailed information on how to get involved in the Prometheus Project.

The 8 Cases

February 25 – March 4

March 7 – 9

Jafar Panahi (Iran)
Learn more and take action
Dem. Republic of Congo (mass rape as a weapon of war)
Learn more and take action

 March 10 – 16

 March 17 – 18

Dhondup Wangchen (China)
Press Release
David Kato (Uganda)
Learn more and take action

 March 21 – 23

March 24 – 25

Tran Quoc Hien, Doan Van Dien, and Doan Huy Chuong (Vietnam) Norma Cruz (Guatemala)
Learn more and take action

 March 28 – 29

 March 30 – 31

Reggie Clemons (USA)
Learn more and take action
Nasrin Sotoudeh (Iran)
Learn more and take action

A.R.T. Events:

February 25 – March 4: Jafar Panahi (Iran)
March 7 – 9: Dem. Republic of Congo (focus on mass rape as a weapon of war)
March 10 – 16: Dhondup Wangchen (China)
March 17 – 18: David Kato (Uganda)
March 21 – 23: Tran Quoc Hien & Doan Van Dien (Vietnam)
March 24 – 25: Norma Cruz (Guatemala)
March 28 – 29: Reggie Clemons (USA)
March 30 – 31: Nasrin Sotoudeh (Iran)

How to Get Involved:

In order to transform the audience of Prometheus Bound from passive spectators to active citizens, we need a group of dedicated volunteer Activists to join their voices to Prometheus’.  Below are descriptions of the two types of Prometheus Project Activists– Audience Activist and Outreach Activist.  Both roles offer an opportunity to directly participate in the production of Prometheus Bound and activate awareness of pressing human rights issues worldwide.

The Audience Activists are a core group of model audience members who are fully engaged in the performance itself, guiding the audience, by example, into the rock concert world of Prometheus Bound.  You will be briefed before the show on suggested and simple actions.  For the outreach part of the evening, Audience Activists will create the vigil for the selected prisoner, holding posters side by side as the audience is invited to learn more about the Amnesty cases.

Commitment:  Arrive at 6:15 pm the night of the performance and check in with your Prometheus Project Representative for the night.
6:15pm-7pm  Briefing with Prometheus Project Rep, learn/practice Audience Activist Responsibilities
7pm – 9:30  Prometheus Bound Performance
Max: 5 per show

As an Outreach Activist, you give a voice to the specific case/cause being highlighted that performance.  Outreach Activists are present during the performance, and then speak one-on-one with the audience about the specific cases during the outreach portion of the evening.

Commitment: Arrive at 6:15 pm the night of the performance and check in with Prometheus Project Representative
6:15pm-7pm Briefing with Amnesty Rep on the specific case.
7pm – 9:30pm  Prometheus Bound Performance
Max: 3 per show


Once you have signed up for a performance, a confirmation email will be sent to you with location, dress, and further details for the evening.

Please note: If you are scheduled as an Outreach or Audience Activist, you are treated as part of the show and your commitment is taken seriously.  Please arrive on time and ready to engage.  If you would like to attend the show as an audience member, without these responsibilities, we encourage you purchase tickets before they sell out. 

On behalf of the A.R.T. and Amnesty International, thank you for your interest in the Prometheus Project!

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