TMI Project presents Voices in Action

/ Sep

TMI Project presents Voices in Action

Enter via Wall St.
Back Room Theater
07:00 pm
$75 adv / $100 door

TMI Project presents Voices in Action!
TMI Project to Honor Tony Porter, Founder of A Call to Men and Lead Trainer of Violence Prevention Programs for the NFL

On Thursday, September 28th, TMI Project will honor Tony Porter, author, educator, activist and founder of A Call to Men, at its 2nd annual Voices in Action: Community Outreach Showcase, a fundraiser featuring performances by participants in workshops offered through TMI Projects Community Outreach Initiative. Porter will be given the award for his groundbreaking work aimed at preventing violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. Tony Porter is a leading voice on male socialization and his 2010 TED Talk, seen by over 2 million viewers, has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.

“It’s both an honor and privilege to be recognized by TMI Project,” says Tony Porter. “Together we are working to create a world where all boys and men are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe.”

“TMI Project would not be able to accomplish our mission of changing the world one story at a time without the support and collaboration of our partners,” says Eva Tenuto, TMI Projects co-founder and Executive Director. We are honored to be able to publicly recognize the people who’ve dedicated their time, talent and passionate service to make our work possible.”

Voices in Action, to be held at 7:00pm in the historic former vaudeville theater at the back of BSP Kingston, will be a performance showcasing storytellers from Community Outreach Initiative workshops TMI Project has conducted over the past year. The lineup will include participants from its #blackstoriesmatter workshop and performance; students from its initiative with the Kingston High School football team and A Call to Men; young women from SUNY New Paltz who participated Our Bodies Talk Back, a workshop and performance focused on women’s body image, objectification and sexual assault; and participants from the organizations workshop at the Mental Health Association of Ulster County. They will all be performing true monologues that they created in those workshops.

This year TMI Project will also be recognizing four local leaders and activists as TMI Project Agents of Change: Jeramie Collins, former head coach of the Kingston High School Football team; Elise Gold, founder of the Maya Gold Foundation; Callie Jayne, lead organizer for Citizen Action of New York; and Denise Ranaghan, director of adult wellness services at Mental Health Association of Ulster County.

Through his organization, A Call to Men, Porter works extensively with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball, providing policy consultation, working extensively with player engagement, and facilitating violence prevention and healthy manhood training. TMI Project, in partnership with A Call to Men, the Kingston High School Football team and Stockade Works, has been working for the past year on a full-length documentary about challenging the cultural expectations of masculinity. Currently, 10 Kingston High School Football players, all of whom have had the opportunity to work personally with Porter, are engaged in a TMI Project memoir writing and true-storytelling performance, which will culminate in a live performance at the end of the upcoming football season.

Voices in Action will be held at 7:00pm in the theater at the back of BSP Lounge, a nightclub in the historic Stockade district. There will be a pre-show reception with light fare and a cash bar at 7:00pm with Tony Porter, our local honorees, TMI Project staff and the performers followed by the performance and award ceremony at 7:30pm. Tickets for the show are $75 in advance or $100 at the door.

BSP Kingston is located at 323 Wall Street in Uptown Kingston, NY, 12401. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance go to

TMI Project offers transformative memoir workshops and performances that invite storytellers and audience members to explore new perspectives. TMI Project envisions a world where true storytelling is an agent of change; where, through the sharing of radically candid, true, personal narratives, everyone, storytellers and listeners alike, can become empowered, release shame and stigma, and replace old understandings with new ones. They aim to incite social, legal, and political change by arming activists with the skills needed to be captivating storytellers, and by amplifying the voices of populations whose stories often go unheard.

Through true storytelling, TMI Project focuses the spotlight on stories told by people from marginalized populations, humanizing issues often overlooked by mainstream media. They also focus on the work of emerging and veteran activists and leaders, to document the way they are changing the world; stories that may not be recognized in history books but need to be heard and recorded for future generations.

Since 2010, TMI Project has led approximately 65 workshops and staged performances by nearly 1,400 participants, which have been presented to audiences of over 13,000 people in schools, colleges, prisons, mental health clinics, theaters, community centers, and the United Nations. Their workshops and performances are tailored to women and men of all ages and backgrounds.