Walking the Beat was founded in Elizabeth New Jersey by Theo Perkins and Angela Kariotis in partnership with Elizabeth Youth Theatre Ensemble. Walking the Beat came to Los Angeles and to the Fountain as WALKING THE BEAT HOLLYWOOD in the summer of 2019 with great success, culminating in a performance titled A Wall Is Just Another Door.
Students and officers participate in a 10 week workshop and rehearsal process before mounting a production based on their personal experiences. The program works in two phases:
Phase 1. Trust & Devising—a five week workshop in which students and officers participate in various applied and devised theatre exercises.
Phase 2. The Rehearsal Process—five weeks on the campus of Los Angeles City College in which students rehearse for their final performance.
Student participants receive an educational stipend for each week of participation.
Watch cops and kids put their stories onstage in a short documentary—Walking the Beat
Read more about Walking the Beat Hollywood below!
Walking the Beat Hollywood is a partnership between The Fountain Theatre, Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble, Hollywood Police Activities League, LAPD Hollywood Division, and the LACC Theatre Academy.
Walking the Beat Hollywood was made possible through generous donations from these individuals and organizations: Deborah Culver, the Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation, Robert and Carrie Meadow, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, Dorothy Wolpert, the Shubert Foundation, HBO Inspires, Trader Joe’s, Domino’s Pizza, Wholefoods, Besties Vegan Paradise, Baja Fresh, The Audrey & Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation, Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, East Hollywood Neighborhood Council.
Many thanks to our generous partners and donors!