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EYTE’s 2nd Annual Holiday Mixer 2021

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Elizabeth Youth theater ensemble fundraising event

EYTE's 2nd Annual Holiday Mixer Celebration

Saturday, december 4, 2021 from 4 pm - 8 pm
click here to purchase your tickets today!

We’re getting into the holiday spirit with our 2nd annual Holiday Mixer Celebration, where we give thanks to those who have helped EYTE provide a cultural foundation within the city of Elizabeth, NJ, with giveaways, music, free photo booth pictures, and food with an open bar! Tickets are now available for purchase, so join in the celebration Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 4 PM – 8 PM at The Lobby in Elizabeth, NJ. 

It’s that time when we reflect on the closing year and embrace the spirit of giving and being thankful to those who have supported and continue to support the mission of the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble. So much of what has been produced by EYTE would not have been possible without the enormous support of our local and artistic communities. From the highest offices in the city of Elizabeth to the unconditional support from friends and family – we are grateful, and we thank you.

We’re asking you to continue that support by participating in the celebration on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at The Lobby in Elizabeth, NJ. Tickets are available and on-sale-now!

We would like to warmly welcome all vendors who would like to participate in this time of thanks and celebration! If you believe your business will be an excellent fit for this event and are interested, please feel free to click here to fill out our form. A member from the team will be in touch with you shortly once completed.

We look forward to seeing everyone at this special event, and again, thank you for your support. 

COVID-19 NOTICE

Show your support for Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble with this mask

This event is indoors. Face coverings are strongly recommended for those who are unvaccinated. 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.

Shop and Support Local:

this year's vendor presence has grown since our first annual holiday mixer and we're excited to provide this platform for local businesses - supporting those who support us! Look for the following vendors at this year's holiday mixer:

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MORE COMING SOON!

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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WarnerMedia Supports Fountain Theatre’s Community-Building ‘Walking the Beat’ Program

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WarnerMedia Supports Fountain Theatre’s Community-BuildingWalking the Beat Program

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 12, 2021) — The Fountain Theatre has been awarded a WarnerMedia Arts and Culture grant funded by the AT&T Foundation to support Walking the Beat Los Angeles, a pioneering arts education program for inner city high school youth and police officers.

“Although we all miss being on stage, there was an urgency to keep this work going,” says Perkins. “By taking advantage of the digital space, we were able to invite guest artists from all over the country to join us virtually to help generate writing and ideas. This virtual model of devising theater teaches us a lot about radical imagination, radical creativity, and challenges us to explore new methods of solidarity building.”

 

Now inits second year at the Fountain, Walking the Beat utilizes performing arts as a vehicle for youth empowerment and community building, providing transformative experiences for underserved youth and police officers.

Eighteen 9th through 12th graders from five Los Angeles area schools
— Hawthorne High School, Hollywood High, Los Angeles High School of the Arts @ RFK, Pasadena High and San Pedro High — have been working since mid-June with two detectives from the Los Angeles School Police Department and one officer
from the UCLA Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit to create Blackout 2021, an original multi-media performance work that focuses on the shift from a culture of incarceration to a culture of care. Each of the students receives a stipend as well as community service hours.

Written by Walking the Beat curriculum director and
program facilitator Angela Kariotis with original writings by the ensemble, Blackout 2021 is directed by Theo Perkins. Perkins is executive and artistic director of New Jersey’s Elizabeth Youth Ensemble, which created the program five years ago.
The Los Angeles creative team also includes choreographer Nicholas Rodriguez, sheltered yoga instructor Tine LeMar and drama therapist Adam Stevens.
Due to the pandemic, Blackout 2021 was conceived as a virtual/hybrid program and will be screened on the Fountain Theatre’s Covid-safe outdoor stage over the course
of two evenings at the end of August.

 Kariotis states, “This summer, we integrated a design thinking framework. This means we work together to identify and solve our own problems. We started with the question, how might we shift from a carceral state to a culture of care? We cast our focus wider, beyond any individual people, and onto the day-to-day systems, policies, processes, and habits that entangle us.”

In addition to Warner Media, Walking the Beat Los Angeles is supported in part by the Fountain Theatre, The Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation, David and Mary Jo Volk, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the 13th District, L.A. County Department of Probation, L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, The Allison Thomas Racial Justice Fund, The Phillips-Gerla Family, Sharyk Overhoser, Carrie Chassin and Jochen Haber, Friars Charitable Foundation, Toby and Daniel Bernstein, and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

The Fountain Theatre is committed to theater as a change agent and to serving the community.

“In these highly charged times, nothing is more urgent than promoting better understanding between young people of color and the police who serve their communities,” notes artistic director Stephen Sachs. “Walking The Beat does just that and more. It changes lives. The powerful curriculum and methodology have been proven — through pre- and post-workshop interviews, surveys and testimonials — to produce real, on the ground change.”

Founded in 1990 by Sachs and Deborah Culver, the Fountain Theatre has won hundreds of awards for all areas of production, performance and design, and provides an essential voice for the citizens of Los Angeles. Dedicated to community, the Fountain produces outstanding theater that challenges thinking and shines an artistic light on the many under-represented voices and cultures within Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti joined with the Los Angeles City Council to commend the Fountain for “achieving a position of leadership in the Los Angeles theatre community… producing meaningful new plays of social and political importance that enrich the lives of the citizens of Los Angeles.” During the pandemic, the Fountain was approved by the City of L.A. to build an outdoor stage in its parking lot. As a result, it was one of the first venues to re-open in June. Currently playing on the outdoor stage is the Fountain’s critically acclaimed L.A. premiere of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, which runs through Sept. 19. The theater is also presenting Forever Flamenco al fresco during the last weekends of August and September.

Established in 2016, the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble’s mission is centered upon strengthening the voices of young artists. Utilizing theater-arts based curricula, EYTE provides creative learning opportunities for inner city youth that allow them to gain confidence, communication skills and self-awareness. EYTE seeks to create experiences that empower youth, developing theater as a powerful place for community

Screenings of Blackout 2021 take place on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. on the Fountain Theatre’s outdoor stage. The Wednesday evening event will include special remarks and commendations by L.A. City officials. A reception will follow each of the screenings. Admission to the performances is free and open to the public (reservations necessary). The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles CA 90029 (corner Fountain and Normandie). For more information and to make a reservation, call (323) 663-1525 or visit FountainTheatre.com/walking the beat.

Click here to view the promo trailer.

 

 

Walking The Beat 2021 LA
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Founder and Artistic Director of EYTE Joins the Fountain Theatre Board of Directors

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Founder and Artistic Director of EYTE Joins the Fountain Theatre Board of Directors

The Fountain Theatre, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization, focusing on nurturing creativity for multi-ethnic theatre and dance artists, has welcomed EYTE’s Theodore Perkins to join their Board of Directors.

The following is a quick excerpt from the Intimate Excellent – the Fountain Theatre Blog:

” ‘Theo is a beloved member of our Fountain Family,’ said Artistic Director Stephen Sachs. ‘He brings to our board a shared belief that theatre can serve as a vehicle for social change and an educational tool for young people.’ “

Theodore brings a wealth of experience, talent, and a vision for the arts as a tool for social change and justice – congratulations and best of luck on the work ahead!

Theo Perkins
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Walking The Beat 2021: The Fugitive Academy

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Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble presents:

Walking the Beat 2021: The Fugitive Academy

Sunday, september 12 @ 6 pm est with a LIVE Q&A after the show - click here to rsvp NOW!

Directed by Theo Perkins, Executive & Artistic Director

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

Assistant Directed By Ariana Montoya

In Walking the Beat 2021: The Fugitive Academy we explored class struggle and building solidarity between students and officers, both required to take orders. Both are preoccupied with survival. Both caught in systems of the state.

Fugitivity is the defiant refusal of standards, impositions from elsewhere. Fugitivity is the soul’s defiance and the spirit chasing freedom. Imagination is the artist’s work. So, we got lost, and escaped into our imaginations. We wondered and wondered into the future. And instead of remaining there, in an ephemeral state of possibility, we returned for the sake of the living.

We are back with this love letter, this warning, this manifesto. We know, we do not yet live in the world we want to live in. But we can co-create one using our imaginations. The future is ours. What will you risk for it? Dream with us. Class is in session. Welcome to The Fugitive Academy.

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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Thank You On This #GivingTuesday

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Thank You On This #GivingTuesday

Friends,

On behalf of our community of students, teaching artists, designers, and scholars, please accept our deep gratitude for your support of EYTE’s urgent programming. Your role is essential. We are withstanding 2020’s insurmountable challenges because of your commitment to our mission. 

The work continues.

On Black Friday, EYTE raised a total of $2,500! We are on our way to reaching our end-of year goal of $8,000.00. 

What’s ahead for us? What will your help support?

  • The Trauma of Covid, An Oral History Project, in collaboration with the Elizabeth Public Library, Special Collections

The pandemic is wreaking havoc on learning and schools. Trauma-informed arts education, and the kind of social-emotional learning EYTE centers, can help students move through this moment and serve as a model for transformative online spaces. 

This is a critical period. Your participation matters. 

For #GivingTuesday, join us as a donor.  You have a tremendous part to play. For those who have already donated: You stepped-up in meeting the moment. Continue your role. Share this plea by forwarding this email to those who are ready to step into their accompliceship. Remind them that together we can make a real difference. 

Thank you for investing in us.

In solidarity,

Theo Perkins
Executive & Artistic Director

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News

New Jersey Theatre Alliance Welcomes EYTEnsemble As Their First Round of Affiliate Members

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New Jersey Theatre Alliance Welcomes EYTEnsemble As Their First Round of Affiliate Members

The New Jersey Theatre Alliance has recently welcomed the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble (EYTE) as their first round of Affiliate members. This news was received humbly by Theodore Perkins, the EYTE board, and staff.

EYTE is excited to work alongside John McEwen, Executive Director, Deonté Griffin-Quick, Manager of Programs and Services, and the rest of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance staff. There is a mutual excitement among both parties to partake in new artistic endeavors, reach underserved or new audiences, and to broaden and deepen community relationships.

Please join EYTE in celebrating this new partnership in support of the missions of all parties: Growing Theatre in The Garden State and Strengthening the Voices of Young Artists.

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Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble, a qualified organization of the New Jersey Cultural Trust

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Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble,

A qualified organization of the New Jersey Cultural Trust​

The Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble (EYTE) is proud to announce its designation as a qualified organization as defined by the rules of the New Jersey Cultural Trust. The official date of qualification was on September 29, 2020 – but what does this mean?

Besides having the ability to affix this designation on printed materials, advertising, and
solicitations, it ensures that EYTE is a contributor to a healthy, thriving nonprofit cultural
industry in the state of New Jersey. Most importantly, simply put, it puts EYTE in a
better position to continue providing the programs and events that have brought us to
where we are today and ultimately down a sustainable future.

We look forward to continuing the work that has brought us to this point with a very
special thank you to the students, teachers, volunteers, artists, and partnering
organizations that have believed in our mission.

Please join us in celebrating this unique achievement, and a special thanks to the New
Jersey Cultural Trust for their recognition.