Theater for Humanity is a path to reconciliation. Instead of armed, uniformed officers confronting people of color in poor neighborhoods, Theater for Humanity asks them to meet at the theater.

THEATER FOR HUMANITY

The 3-month program includes 12 workshops, performances, and dialogue.

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From workshops to policy making, our aim is to heal the trauma of arrest, incarceration and bring black women back home, safely.

WORKSHOPS

12 theater-based workshops for police officers and formerly incarcerated black women.

PERFORMANCE

An original play based on the true stories of the workshop participants is performed across the community.

DIALOGUE

Police officers & formerly incarcerated women lead community dialogues.

POLICY

Participants create policies that impact their local community.

the people

We support law enforcement as they serve specific populations and address the conditions that keep black women from living a productive life.

Formerly Incarcerated

The state of our nation today demands the swift implementation of new solutions that address the highly visible conflict between police officers and formerly incarcerated women.

Veterans

Our work reaches veterans – black women who have served our country and who seek to readjust to life after serving in combat overseas.

mental illness

Theater for Humanity serves black women with mental illness and histories substance abuse. 

Homelessness

We partner with law enforcement agencies to work with the homeless population and lead them back to a sustainable health life.

A NEW APPROACH

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Personal Narrative Theater

Personal Narrative Theater is a form of relationship building that introduces members of these two groups to one another through their personal experiences of powerlessness.

The Collective Narrative

Personal narratives of powerlessness become communal narratives from which scenes are created.

Conflict Theater

In Conflict Theater, participants share their negative experiences encountering the opposite group.

Performing Solutions

Participants begin to prepare for a staged reading of an original play that contains the stories that they worked on: personal, collective and conflict.

HOLISTIC & HUMAN-CENTERED

Using theater as the primary tool, the artists (who express a people’s condition), the law enforcement officers (who ensure the people abide by the law) and formerly incarcerated black women (who are often unable to engage with normal legal and social systems) come together to understand, heal and transform.

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FOR ARTISTS

Artists who implement the Theater for Humanity program bring together formerly incarcerated persons and law enforcement officers to learn storytelling, dialogue, produce an original devised play

FOR Law Enforcement

For the law enforcement population, Theater for Humanity provides an opportunity to discuss their experiences – highlighting times where they themselves have felt oppressed and marginalized

For Community Organizers

Theater for Humanity encourages communities to come together to rebuild in innovative ways. 

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IT’S TIME TO COME TOGETHER.

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