TPSU Zoomcast

TPSU Zoomcast

The latest iteration of our one-of-a-kind workshop To Protect, Serve and Understand™ invites past participants to continue the work needed to foster a change between tense police and civilian interactions, expectations, and accountability. Breaking down the fourth wall through art, activism, and discussion, the workshop is built upon actor-training techniques and explores unique problem solving and real-life communication skills that both police and civilians can employ in their encounters with each other. Creating an understanding that lays the groundwork for a grassroots change within the community, the virtual workshop simulation will be moderated by members of the Irondale Ensemble.

While the 10-week, 40-hour, in-person workshops have been held biannually since 2015, the last two cycles of To Protect, Serve and Understand (TPSU) have been sidelined due to the extended COVID theater closures in New York City. Following a summer of protests and a widespread demand for racial equality and police reform, the evening offers conversations about real-time current events in the community and on a national scale through the participation of workshop alumni.

Viewers will have a front-row seat to the effective acting exercises that employ critical listening skills, in addition to scripted monologues based on the participants interviewing each other. This methodology proves that speaking as “the other” enables the participants to gain a new perspective that potentially leads to greater compassion and greater understanding.

The monologues, with dialogue and in-depth conversations on topical issues, will comprise the evening. The goal of both the evening and the program at large is to foster empathy and a deeper understanding of how we can work together to create a more safe and harmonious community.

“We are facing an unmistakable crisis that has both police and civilian lives at stake. Change can only happen when we can truly hear each other and understand each other. That takes work and guts. And while programs like TPSU feel urgent right now, we will gather virtually to begin the work to lead to a change in our community until we can safely gather in-person in our space once again.” Terry Greiss – Irondale’s Executive Director and TPSU founder.
To date, more than 100 police officers and civilians have participated in To Protect, Serve, and Understand in eight series of workshops. Each 10-week session culminates in a public performance, often with audiences at capacity and seen by more than 2,500 community members.

April 19th, 2021 | 7pm EST



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