Sabra Williams

Sabra Williams has received international acclaim for her work as an artist and founder of The Actors’ Gang Prison Project. After establishing a body of work as an actress and television host in the United Kingdom and internationally, Sabra became an “alien of exceptional ability” upon her arrival to Los Angeles in 2002.

In 2004 Sabra was honored with an invitation to serve as a company member of The Actors’ Gang (Tim Robbins, Artistic Director). Based in part on her experience of working in prisons in the United Kingdom with The English Shakespeare Company and The London Shakespeare Workout, Sabra created The Actors’ Gang Prison Project and currently serves as the program’s Director in addition to serving as the company’s Director of Outreach, overseeing prevention programs for at-risk youth and gang members. Sabra has established strategic program partnerships between The Actors’ Gang, the Department of Justice and such organizations as Inner-City Arts and Homeboy Industries. She was invited by The President’s Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarret to co- produce an event at The White House around innovative programming and the Arts in Criminal Justice Reform. Sabra has been a tireless advocate for including the Arts in legislation and has been invited to do two TEDx talks about her work.

The Prison Project has developed programs at The California Institution for Men, The California Institution for Women, The California Rehabilitation Center, Lancaster State Prison, Ironwood State Prison and New Folsom Prison. With programs upcoming in two more prisons, a brand new re-entry program and a Juvenile program as well as a program for Officers. The work has been featured by the BBC, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and National Public Radio, as well as many other publications, articles, and radio and television shows nationally and internationally.

In 2014, The Martin Luther King Westside Coalition gave their Community Light Award and California Lawyers for the Arts gave their Artistic License Award to The Prison Project for the work.