Now casting Round 4
November 21st – February 10th!
Civilians and police officers, email TPSU@irondale.org now to sign up for an interview.
In 2015 Irondale invited the New York Police Department to join them in developing a community program that would use theatrical improvisation to build communication and empathy between officers and the communities they are charged to protect and serve. Over a period of ten weeks, seven officers and seven community members come together to eat, talk, and play together. They learn to improvise, tell their own stories, and “step into each other’s shoes.” The workshops culminate in original and spontaneous public performances that show what can come from mutual trust and empathetic understanding.
Winner of the Brimstone Applied Storytelling Award
This project is supported in part by funding from the Brimstone Award as administered by the National Storytelling Network.
This project is also supported with funds from
Charles & Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation
The Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation
Malcolm & Dorothy Knapp
Slate Realty Arts and Culture Fund (S.P.A.C.E)
The Laura B. Vogler Foundation
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Brimstone Foundation National Storytelling Network