Recent TV/Video

David Pakman Show, May 19, 2016, “Juveniles in Adults Prisons: A Disastrous Idea.”

Rising Up with Sonali, April 19, 2016

Performing New Lives Panel in NYC at the East Side Institute to introduce the power and potential of theatre in prison, April 15, 2011.

WATCH THE moving 7 minute 2010 VIDEO trailer of Performing New Lives which draws together original and innovative programs in contemporary prison theatre. Book available here.

Pen New England Freedom to Write Forum, “Writing on the Walls:  American Prison Writing,” April 19, 2007, sponsored by WGBH, Boston MA.






Marblehead Community Access TV “Changing Our World,” April 2012

Selected Radio

Cyrus Webb on Conversation Pieces, Blog Talk Radio, April 18, 2016

Reforming the Justice System with Jan Miyasaki, May 4, 2016

WHMP Radio: The Bill Newman Show, May 17, 2016

Al Vuona, Public Eye, April 17, 2016, podcast

Guy Rathbun Ideasphere, April 11, 2016

Killer Legal Reality Radio, Amazing People, a 3 part series, April 21, 2016

Radio With a View
April 10, 2016, a show about Boy With A Knife

A Prisoner’s Story of Murder, Remorse, and Justice March 30, 2016 Radio Boston with Karter Reed.

“You are Here, a show about prison education, interview on WERS Boson by Maria Nifakos, October 18, 2015. Rap Radio out of U Mass Amherst on Juvenile Justice and Massachusetts harsh sentencing laws, 2014.

Four Stories, Boston pre-eminent reading series presents Crime and Punishment: Stories from the Big House, featuring Jean, Tracy Slater, TJ Parsall and Elaine Lee.  Click here to get the mp3 and scroll down to 10/30/06

Interview with Elizabeth Lund, Christian Science Monitor,“Putting Drama into Prison’s Stark Life.”

Interview, All Things Considered, NPR on Shakespeare Behind Bars, March 21, 2001.

Jean’s Changing Lives Through Literature program has also appeared on The Today Show, and Jean has appeared in numerous TV/radio interviews such as The Connection with Chris Lydon, and Here and Now with Robin Young.

Sample Web/Blogs about JT
CarolineLeavittville; A Young Prisoner fights for Justice in Jean Trounstine’s extraordinary true narrative of murder, memory, truth and redemption, in Boy With A Knife, April 11, 2016

CarolineLeavittville: The Bard and women behind bars: Jean Trounstine talks about Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women’s Prison, December 3, 2014.

“Women Who Dared” award from the Jewish Women’s Archives.  Featured interview at online JWA.

“The Quality of Mercy:” Online review of Shakespeare Behind Bars by Scott Ruescher  for Arts/Editor,

2001 & 2006 Interview by Doug Holder of Ibbetson Press on Almost Home Free
Jean on Changing Lives Through Literature

BlogCritics Book Review by Katie Tratner of Why I’m Still Married, July 29, 2007.


Selected Print about JT
“This Boy’s Knife” by Chris Faraone at digboston April 19, 2016.

Boy With A Knife Makes the Case for Justice Reform” by Carly Metz at Boston Magazine, April 13, 2016.

“Prison Is No Place for Kids: An Interview with Author Jean Trounstine,” by Chris Zoukis on Huffington Post, December 15, 2015.

Yvonne Abraham, “A Different Read on Life,” Changing Lives Through Literature, The Boston Globe , May 12, 2011.

“A Novel Approach to Sentencing has Criminals Hitting the Books, by William Boles, American News Service, 1997

“Taking Shakespeare into a Women’s Prison,” by Bob Blaisdell, San Francisco Chronicle, April1, 2001.

“Prison Buff:  Peeking Behind the Curtain of Incarceration by Amanda Eyre Ward, Austin Chronicle, April 6, 2001

Review of Why I’m Still Married , by Jan Gardner The Boston Globe, “With Hope and Honesty, Essays Show How Marriages Endure,” March 8, 2006.

“Get Your Groove On:  Improvisation as a Path to Participation Lowell Civic Collaborative/Middlesex Community College, 14-19, 2006.