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Streets to Stage: How Law Enforcement Is Learning From Theatre - Friday Forum
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Date(s): July 21, 2017
Time: 12:15 PM  PST - 1:15 PM  PST
Sentinel Hotel

The frequent and ongoing conflicts between police and communities of color have scarred countless families, neighborhoods, and cities across the country, including here in Oregon. However, a Portland theatre company and local law enforcement have collaborated on a unique response to help the Portland community to heal and connect. Through the August Wilson Red Door Project’s continuous productions of The New Black Fest’s Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments, actor and director Kevin Jones and his cast have ignited a conversation on racial justice  that resonates deeply with many Portlanders-- including communities of color and the local police department. Join us as Kevin Jones of the August Wilson Red Door Project and Captain Robert Day of the Portland Police Training Division share the stage to discuss this production, its impact on both law enforcement and community, and this amazing partnership that began with a monologue.
This conversation will be moderated by Dmae Roberts, two-time Peabody Award winning radio artist & writer, and Executive Producer of MediaRites and co-founder of Theatre Diaspora.
Kevin Jones is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of The August Wilson Red Door Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the racial ecology of Portland through the arts. Kevin has worked on the American stage for more than 40 years as an award winning professional actor and director, most recently directing and producing the touring show Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments. With 30 years of experience with for-profit and nonprofit organizations, he's a founder and senior partner at Plural Consulting, a firm that specializes in the areas of leadership development, diversity training, conflict facilitation and team building.

Captain Robert Day is a native Oregonian and has served the City of Portland for over 27 years as a police officer. He is currently the Captain of the Training Division. Captain Day has served in a multitude of assignments and resides in Portland with his spouse of 21 years, his son and his daughter.
Dmae Roberts is a two-time Peabody Award winning radio artist & writer. Her work is often autobiographical and cross-cultural, informed by her biracial identity. Dmae has been writing a personal column for the Asian Reporter and hosting/producing Stage & Studio on KBOO FM for nearly 20 years. Dmae is the Executive Producer of MediaRites, and the co-founder of Theatre Diaspora, Oregon’s only professional Asian American and Pacific Islander theatre company.


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