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Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble presents...an encore presentation of:

Walking the Beat 2020: An Emergency Convening

Friday, november 27 @ 4pm PST/7pm EST with LIVE commentary with EYTE’s own Theo Perkins, Director & Artistic Director - CLICK HERE - VIEW LIVEWSTREAM NOW!

Directed by Theo Perkins, Executive & Artistic Director

Written and arranged by Angela Kariotis, Curriculum Director & Program Facilitator

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.

In the summer of 2020, at the height of Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, structural racism, and white supremacy, 13 students and 7 local police officers from Elizabeth, NJ, participated in the program, committing to listening not to listen to agree. Due to COVID-19, this summer’s workshop took place on Zoom through a virtual social justice experience.

This is a special encore presentation screening of Walking the Beat 2020: An Emergency Convening, which uses theater, film, and spoken word to share some of our meaningful takeaways from this past summer. It is also the kick-off to the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble’s end-of-year fundraiser campaign. 

 

Directed by Theo Perkins, Executive & Artistic Director

Written and arranged by Angela Kariotis, Curriculum Director & Program Facilitator

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.

The summer of 2020, at the height of Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, structural racism, and white supremacy, 13 students and 7 local police officers from Elizabeth, NJ, participated in the program, commiting to listen not to listen to agree. Due to COVID-19, this summer’s workshop took place on Zoom through a virtual social justice experience.

This is a  special encore presentation screening of Walking the Beat 2020: An Emergency Convening, which uses theater, film, and spoken word to share some of our meaningful takeaways from this past summer.  This is also the kick-off to the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble’s end-of-year fundraiser campaign. 

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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Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble presents...

Walking the Beat 2020: An Emergency Convening

Monday, September 21 @ 5pm PST/8pm EST with LIVE Post Show Discussion with Ensemble

Directed by Theo Perkins, Executive & Artistic Director

Written and arranged by Angela Kariotis, Curriculum Director & Program Facilitator

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.

This summer, at the height of Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, structural racism, and white supremacy, 13 students and 7 local police officers from Elizabeth, NJ, participated in the program, commiting to listen not to listen to agree. Due to COVID-19, this summer’s workshop took place on Zoom through a virtual social justice experience.

Below is the special premiere screening of Walking the Beat 2020: An Emergency Convening, which uses theater, film, and spoken word to share some of our meaningful takeaways from this past summer.

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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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

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Darin Williamson
Lamar Hartsfield
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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

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Choreography sequences by Nicholas Rodriguez

Drama therapist work by Brooke Campbell

Trauma BaseD Yoga by Tina LeMAr

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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
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Cooper Mendonssa
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Fleeta Bulle
Jayleen Camargo Ojeda
Janiyah Fullwood
Zachary Halley
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Eva Kotsonis
Bilal McCray
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Anthony Owens
Dolores Perkins
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Kelley Tate
Sandra Toll
Jorge A. Toll
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Tackling the Epidemic: In 2016, The Guardian reported a total of 1,093 people killed by police officers in the United States. 449 of those murdered were of Black and Hispanic descent. According the Washington Post, 34% of those shot and killed were unarmed Black males. The Post also reported that Black males were three times more likely to get shot and killed than White males. On the flip side, in 2016 there were 63 police officers killed by gunfire, according to the Officer Downs Memorial Page. As these numbers continue to grow, so does the lack of trust between police officers and people of color. The anxiety felt in the presence of police officers, as a young African- American male, innocent of any crime, is real. And as an arts organization, we challenged ourselves to ask: what could we do to fix this? How can the arts be used as a tool to tackle these issues? We’ve chosen to do this with creative courage. Healthy civilian-police relations are vital to achieving vibrant communities. The Walking the Beat project works to reinforce positive interactions between police and young people through facilitated dialogue and improvisation. The residency brings local police officers together with high school students to devise a piece of theater focused on community policing. What most excites EYTE is having mobilized a large group of police officers in Elizabeth New Jersey. These officers are now excited about getting to know the young people in their community. And the students who participated are continuing to cultivate these relationships in their communities.

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EYTE and The Fountain Theatre launched this pioneering arts education program in 2019 with support from HBO Inspires, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and other community partners. Utilizing performing arts as a vehicle for youth empowerment and community building, this 9 week program builds confidence, character, communication skills and community. Walking the Beat inspires — in students and officers alike — an appreciation for their common humanity, and a commitment to community and social justice.

 

“LAPD Hollywood is excited to partner with the Fountain to make Walking the Beat 2020 a reality. In 2019,this program was another giant step in building trust in our community. It’s an investment we must continue to make”

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