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Pipeline At Everyman Theatre

Nya(Eleasha Gamble) and Xavier (Jefferson Russell) discuss parenting during a scene in Everyman Theatre's 'Pipeline' Credit: Teresa Castracane Photography
Nya(Eleasha Gamble) and Xavier( Jefferson Russell) discuss parenting in a scene of Everyman Theatre's 'Pipeline' Credit: Teresa Castracane Photography

“School-to-prison pipeline” labels policies that put Black and brown kids who cause trouble at school at greater risk for criminal charges and a path to incarceration.

Everyman Theatre’s current production, Pipeline, traces the pressures on one family. We talk to veteran actor and former policeman Jefferson A. Russell, who plays the father of a son at risk and to Everyman’s community engagement director Brianna McCoy.

Then Renaissance Academy principal Tammatha Woodhouse tells about a moment in a dark courtroom that struck her with second thoughts about criminal charges for a pupil who had punched her and her altered M.O. for school discipline.

“Each kid has their own story, each kid has their own needs and I have to deal with them all individually and not one size fit all.”

Links: Pipeline at Everyman Theatre, Sat. June 19 An Essential Conversation with Promise Heights,

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'