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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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Walking the Beat 2019 - New Jersey

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 

CAST

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

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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
The Elizabeth Police Department
Skylin Pereira
Cooper Mendonssa
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A Cops/Kids Program

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 work includes, but is not limited to, the following themes:

1. Spiritual grounding, self-care, restorative practice
2. The history of policing
3. The Ferguson Moment
4. Police reforms and alternative emergency response systems
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6. Dream building

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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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”

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