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To Protect, Serve, and Understand

May 6, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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.


Featured by NPR, the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal

Winner of the Brimstone Applied Storytelling Award

See it in action: Watch the teaser  and the feature from BRIC TV


This project is 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