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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.

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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.
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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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RSVP NOW for our Free Encore Presentation Livestream / EOY Campaign Kick-Off

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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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REGISTER NOW for our Free Livestream Event

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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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
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Darin Williamson
Lamar Hartsfield
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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.

 

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