1970 – The Barbwire Theatre

Stuart began writing plays while in prison and after his release his first play Envelope was produced by The American Conservatory Theatre in San Fransisco. He spent some time as assistant director to Tom Ohorgan for the San Fransisco production of Hair. In 1970 Stuart co-founded The Barbwire Theatre. The theatre company consisted of ex-convicts. They produced The Cage and toured the country promoting prison reform.