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The Afterschool Podcast

Introducing the "After-School Podcast"

by The Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble

Welcome to the After-School Podcast, where the vibrant voices of teenagers take center stage. Produced by The Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble’s Walking the Beat program, our podcast is not just about conversations; it’s about empowering young minds to write their stories, sing their lyrics, and think their thoughts. This mark’s EYTE’s first podcast generation. We’re growing!

In each episode, our talented group of teenagers delves into topics that matter—from the challenges of community-based violence, reading Jason Reynolds’ Long Way Down, to the intricate dynamics of relationships. It’s not just talk; it’s a journey through the thoughts, experiences, and creativity of the next generation.

But here’s the unique twist: we don’t just talk about it; we learn about it. The After-School Podcast is not just a show; it’s a workshop. Our teens are not only hosts but also producers, learning the ropes of podcast creation from the ground up. From using AI to edit and creating their own logos seen here to mastering the art of structuring a conversation, assembling equipment, conducting interviews, and producing a show—our teens do it all.

Join us as we navigate the realms of technology and storytelling. The After-School Podcast is more than just a platform; it’s a brave space where these amazing teens can be themselves, explore their passions, and share their perspectives with the world.

Whether you’re interested in the raw authenticity of teen voices, the ins and outs of podcast production, or just crave an engaging conversation, this program is for you. Subscribe now to join our community and witness the incredible journey of self-discovery and expression.

The After-School Podcast—a space where teens not only find their voices but also learn to amplify them.

Read your words, sing your lyrics, think your thoughts. Open your mind.

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ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence

Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble presents:

ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence

Kean University STEM Building Auditorium
Monday, November 6, 2023 @ 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST
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LOCATION: Kean University STEM Building 1075 Morris Ave Union, New Jersey 07083
ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence creates space for teens to confront gun violence by creating new works of theatre that will spark critical conversations and inspire meaningful action in communities across the country.

On the same evening across the country, theaters, schools, and community groups stage readings of a script comprised of six (6) new 10-minute plays by teen writers confronting gun violence, selected by a committee of nationally-renowned playwrights out of plays received in our Call for Submissions.

Walking the Beat is a creative writing, theater, and multi-media workshop for students grades 9-12 and local police officers, designed to establish a groundwork for conversation and create real, achievable actions for specific communities across the country.

Walking the Beat is funded by the NJ Office of Attorney General’s Office of Violence Intervention and Prevention’s Community Based Violence Intervention (CBVI) program.

COVID-19 NOTICE

Show your support for Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble with this mask

Face coverings are strongly recommended. Proof of vaccination will not be required.

Everyone should practice recommended social distancing guidelines during their time at all EYTE events.

  • In addition to using hand sanitizing stations onsite, everyone is encouraged to wash their hands regularly while at the event.
  • If you are feeling ill, we ask that you refrain from attending the performance and visit us when you are feeling healthy.
  • Please take care of yourself and your fellow patrons by respecting our protocols and procedures. If, for any reason, you refuse to abide by our safety measures, you will be removed without a refund.
  • Please contact us if you test positive for COVID-19 after attending a show.  Reach out to us at info@elizabethyouththeater.org

COVID-19 is extremely contagious and an inherent risk in all public locations where people are present. The CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. People who show no symptoms can spread the coronavirus if they are infected and any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19. EYTE has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, we cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19. By attending EYTE events, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure of COVID-19 and agree not to hold EYTE; or any of its affiliates, employees, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.

Your contribution to the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble makes you an ally in our efforts to help young people build capacity for social change through art-making.

As an organization committed to deepening artistic engagement in communities, while fighting for justice, we are looking for your support!

Join our mission now.

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2023 Elders in Residence Program

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Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble presents:

2023 Elders in Residence Program

Your contribution to the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble makes you an ally in our efforts to help young people build capacity for social change through art-making.

As an organization committed to deepening artistic engagement in communities, while fighting for justice, we are looking for your support!

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Walking The Beat 2023

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Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble presents:

Walking the Beat 2023

Sat, September 09, 2023 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy
27 Martin Luther King Jr, Blvd
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
United States

A Satire, Written and arranged by Angela Kariotis and members of the devised theater cohort Directed by Theo Perkins

In a world grappling with the sobering reality of gun violence (heartbeat), the stage becomes a mirror reflecting the complexities of human behavior and society’s struggles.

While the subject matter itself is undeniably grave, satire provides an avenue to dissect the absurdities, contradictions, and hypocrisies that surround the discourse on guns. By exaggerating these aspects through humor, satire allows us to dissect the intricacies of society’s relationship with firearms – from the political wrangling over regulations to the glorification of violence. We chose satire and comedy to protect our own well-being too, we will not display our traumas, our cries, and our pleas–because that has not worked. When 21 little first graders were blown away in Connecticut, and white children at that, when that moment did not work to affect any change, what will? The only thing that happened was the continuous community based gun violence effectively ignored for decades because of systemic racism and more shootings, this time, 4th graders, in Uvalde.

Through laughter, discomfort, and self-reflection, satire provides a lens to confront the underlying factors that perpetuate gun violence. The root of the problem is necessary to explore because we believe gun violence is a public health crisis, not a criminal justice issue. We thank the police for working with us on this work. We all have a role in public safety. We all play a role in keeping each other safe.

Our play seeks to ignite conversations that may otherwise remain buried beneath the weight of statistics and sorrow. The characters that will grace the stage are not caricatures, but rather vessels through which we explore the shades of humanity – from the victims and perpetrators to the policymakers and armchair critics. We are challenged to contemplate the role we play in the perpetuation or prevention of this epidemic. Instead of frozen in shock, let’s take… ACTION! PLACES PLACES…Take your PLACE. Where do YOU stand?

COVID-19 NOTICE

Show your support for Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble with this mask

This event is Outdoors. Face coverings are strongly recommended. Proof of vaccination will not be required.

Everyone should practice recommended social distancing guidelines during their time at all EYTE events.

  • In addition to using hand sanitizing stations onsite, everyone is encouraged to wash their hands regularly while at the event.
  • If you are feeling ill, we ask that you refrain from attending the performance and visit us when you are feeling healthy.
  • Please take care of yourself and your fellow patrons by respecting our protocols and procedures. If, for any reason, you refuse to abide by our safety measures, you will be removed without a refund.
  • Please contact us if you test positive for COVID-19 after attending a show.  Reach out to us at info@elizabethyouththeater.org

COVID-19 is extremely contagious and an inherent risk in all public locations where people are present. The CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. People who show no symptoms can spread the coronavirus if they are infected and any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19. EYTE has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, we cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19. By attending EYTE events, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure of COVID-19 and agree not to hold EYTE; or any of its affiliates, employees, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.

Your contribution to the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble makes you an ally in our efforts to help young people build capacity for social change through art-making.

As an organization committed to deepening artistic engagement in communities, while fighting for justice, we are looking for your support!

Join our mission now.

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Enough Play Reading

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Elizabeth Youth theater ensemble fundraising event

2023 Holiday Mixer Celebration

Your contribution to the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble makes you an ally in our efforts to help young people build capacity for social change through art-making.

As an organization committed to deepening artistic engagement in communities, while fighting for justice, we are looking for your support!

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Unreal Engine 5

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Unreal Engine Cohort

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AI Public Safety Animation

Introduction to Unreal Engine:

What is Unreal Engine? It’s primarily used to create interactive 3D experiences, including video games.

Realistic Visuals and Interactivity: Unreal Engineenables creators to build highly detailed and realistic virtual worlds, enhancing immersion and engagement.

How Unreal Engine Works:

Rendering and Graphics: Unreal Engine uses advanced rendering techniques to create lifelike graphics.

Blueprint Visual Scripting: Unreal Engine features a visual scripting system called Blueprints. This allows developers to create complex interactions, behaviors, and gameplay mechanics without extensive coding knowledge

Physics and Simulation: The engine incorporates physics simulations that enable realistic object interactions, fluid dynamics, and environmental effects

Exploring Gun Violence and Solutions:

Interactive Simulations: Unreal Engine can be used to create interactive simulations that mimic realworld scenarios. In the context of gun violence, it can simulate various situations to explore the impact of different choices and actions

 

Empathy and Awareness: Through immersive experiences, Unreal Engine can help users understand the emotional and physical consequences of gun violence. It can be a tool to foster empathy and raise awareness about the challenges faced by affected individuals and communities

Solutionoriented Scenarios: Creators can use Unreal Engine to design scenarios that explore solutions for addressing gun violence. These scenarios can showcase conflict resolution, mediation, policy changes, community engagement, and more

Education and Training: Unreal Engine’s interactive nature makes it a valuable tool for educational purposes. It can be used to train law enforcement, educators, policymakers, and community members about gun violence prevention strategies and intervention techniques. 

Facilitating Dialogue: By experiencing interactive narratives centered around gun violence, individuals can engage in productive discussions about the complexities of the issue and brainstorm potential solutions.

Conclusion:

As students engage with Unreal Engine to explore gun violence and its solutions, we have the opportunity to harness technology and creativity for social impact, raising awareness and fostering positive change, all while learning valuable and marketable hard skills for the future

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For the Sake of Our Bodies

For the Sake of Our Bodies
An Exploration of Cop and Teen Relations

Walking the Beat 2018 - New Jersey

For the Sake of Our Bodies was developed as part of Walking the Beat: an ongoing arts-in-education
residency supported by The Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble, The Office of Youth, Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation, and HBO


Wednesday and Thursday, 
September 12 and 13, 2018 @ 8pm
Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy

CAST

Students:

Cooper Mendonssa
Fatima Laurent
Gryffin Mendonssa
Janay Martinez
Jared Delante Smoot
jayleen Camargo Ojeda
Masiyah Harrison
Natalia Chancafe Santos
Oniyah Mina
Selena Jean- Pierre
Skylin Pereira
Trevon McClain
Marie Isme
Bryan Rodriguez
Angelica Medina
Ariana Montoya

Officers:

Tamiko Brooks
Darin Williamson
Lamar Hartsfield
Ed Pinkevicz (on camera)
Ina F. Silva (on camera)
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Saturday Se[ptember 14 at 7pm
Sunday, September 15 at 2pm

Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy 

Project Facilitators 

Theo Perkins – EYTE Founder, Executive & Artistic Director 

Angela Kariotis – EYTE Curriculum Director & Program Facilitator; Writer/Performer 

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Students:

Angelica Medina
Briyana Albornoz
Fatima Laurent
Janay Martinez
Jared Delante Smoot
Kenneth Roman
Lougayen Souryal
Masiyah Harrison
Natalia Chancafe Santos
Oniyah Mina
Santos Colon
Selena Jean- Pierre
Trevon McClain

Officers:

Romina Cannon
Karim Gad
Isa McClendon
Darin Williamson

Guest Artists:

Choreography sequences by Nicholas Rodriguez

Drama therapist work by Brooke Campbell

Trauma BaseD Yoga by Tina LeMAr

Drama therapist work by Brooke Campbell

Trauma BaseD Yoga by Tina LeMAr
Credits

Director/Producer – Theo Perkins

Writer- Angela Kariotis
(based on writings from participants)

Program Assistant –
Bryan Rodriguez

Video and Graphics –
Adler Lafleur /Cinematic Hitman, LLC

Stage Crew –
members of TJAA Drama Division


Special Thanks


City of Elizabeth
Mayor J. Christian Bollwage
Councilwoman, Perkins-Auguste
The Elizabeth Board of Education
Dir. Krishna Garlic, Dir. Earl Graves
Deputy, Chief Giacomo Sacca
Michael Ojeda
Sandra Toll
Erika Hicks
Mary Rivera
Dennis Williams
Kenn Foster
USC Arts Leadership Program
Cornelius Smith Jr
Delores Perkins
Monica Perkins
Valencas Restaurant
The Elizabeth Police Department
Skylin Pereira
Cooper Mendonssa
Sarai Smith

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Everything Is a Re-Mix

Theater for all generations

Everything Is a Re-Mix
An Intergeneration Theater Experience
Siloam Hope Cares, CDC & the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble Present:

Everything Is a Re-Mix An Intergeneration Theater Experience

Fri, June 22, 2018 @ 7pm
Sat, June 23, 2018 @ 2pm

African-American Cultural & Learning Center 420 Spring Street, Elizabeth

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Emily Alarcon
Marty Brandon
Fleeta Bulle
Jayleen Camargo Ojeda
Janiyah Fullwood
Zachary Halley
Selena Jean-Pierre
Eva Kotsonis
Bilal McCray
Cooper Mendonssa
Gryffin Mendonssa
Miles Mendonssa
Anthony Owens
Dolores Perkins
Bryan Rodriguez
Sarai Smith
Kelley Tate
Sandra Toll
Jorge A. Toll
Juliet Toll Luchsinger
Lucas Toll Luchsinger



Theodore Perkins – EYTE Founder & Producer
Angela Kariotis – Workshop Facilitator, Writer/Director
Bryan Rodriguez – Program Assistant
Janeé Howard – Lighting Operator

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