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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.

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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!

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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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2023 Holiday Mixer

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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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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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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)
Jennifer Perez (on camera)

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Walk The Beat – Hollywood

Walking the Beat Hollywood 2019:

A Wall is Just Another Door​

In partnership with The Fountain Theatre and Los Angeles City College, EYTE proudly introduces Walking the Beat Hollywood, a summer theater arts based program for inner city high school youth and police officers in Hollywood, East Hollywood and adjacent communities.

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”

- Commanding Officer Cory Palka of LAPD Hollywood

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What It Takes

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What It Takes pits a resilient spirit against insurmountable odds. We bear witness to Julian’s journey as he learns the true definition of leadership from the unsung, everyday heroes all around. What It Takes is a film written and produced by Jefferson Arts High School students while in workshop with the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble. It is an homage to their home-city of Elizabeth declaring you don’t have to leave where you’re from to be successful and they have interviews with five local organic intellectuals to prove it. The film is inspired by those interviews which include, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Principal Michael Ojeda, Luis Cespedes, Linda Flores-Tober, and students who founded the first LGBT Club at Jeff Arts High. Our culture is dogmatic about American individualism, manifest destiny and “leaving” home to attain success. What It Takes ultimately counte

Developed and realized by students of the EYTE 2016 Community Values Workshop  

  • Directed by:
    Gregory Markowitz, Ivy Passee,
    and Cristian Rivera

  • Produced by
    Nicole Guillermo

  • Director of Photography:
    Ivy Passee
    and Cristian Rivera

  • Edited by:
    Cristian Rivera

  • Production Design:
    Gustavo Mejia
    and Raven Dozier

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    Pierre M. Coleman
    Angela Kariotis
    Theo Perkins
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