Articles for Blue Star Theatres

 

This page includes additional articles and resources that connect the theatre community and the military community. More information to come.

A Set of Rules
by KJ Sanchez

This document excerpted, with permission from KJ Sanchez, from "Joining Forces," American Theatre magazine, July/August, 2011.

'AJAX' in Guantánamo
by Bryce Pinkham

This article appeared in the July/August, 2011 issue of American Theatre magazine.

American Theatre Magazine: Theatre of War Special Section
by various authors

The March 2017 issue of American Theatre magazine focused on theatre of war. Articles that appeared in print along with web-only content are collected here.

Joining Forces
by KJ Sanchez

This article appeared in the July/August, 2011 issue of American Theatre magazine.

Blue Star Theatre Grant Recipients Round 3 Blog Posts

First Draft
by Mara McGhee

This post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. Alley Theatre is a recipient of Blue Star Theatres grant funding to support the most recent iteration of their First Draft program, which introduced veterans to the craft of playwriting and offered participants the opportunity to tell their stories to an audience.

Bedlam Outreach
by J.M. Meyer

This post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. Bedlam is a recipient of Blue Star Theatres grant funding to support Bedlam Outreach’s free Monday night classes for veterans.

Veterans at Target Margin
by Moe Yousuf

This post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. Target Margin Theater is a recipient of Blue Star Theatres grant funding to support various programs and workshops to introduce veterans to theatre.

When is a Pen More than a Pen?
by Jessica Wisser

This post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. Young Playwrights’ Theater is a recipient of Blue Star Theatres grant funding to support its Military Child Education Coalition.

Blue Star Theatre Grant Recipients Round 2 Blog Posts

Downrange: Voices from the Homefront
by Tom Quaintance

This blog post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. Cape Fear Regional Theatre was the recipient of round two Blue Star Theatres grant funds supporting a production of Downrange: Voices from the Homefront.

Making Connections with the Veterans Community
by Carolyn Marie Wright

This blog post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. Geffen Playhouse was the recipient of round two Blue Star Theatres grant funding supporting the Veterans Writing & Performance Workshop program.

History Theatre: The Things They Carried
by Jill Vaughn

This blog post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. History Theatre was the recipient of round two Blue Star Theatre grant funding to support reduced-cost or free tickets to The Things They Carried and accompanying discussions featuring veteran Jerry Miron.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: Residencies at West Point
by Tom Kelley

This blog post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival was the recipient of round two Blue Star Theatre grant funding to support Shakespeare residencies at the US Military Academy in West Point, NY.

Blue Star Theatre Grant Recipients Round 1 Blog Posts

Grounded in Reality
by Danielle Ward

This blog post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. San Diego REPertory Theatre was the recipient of round one Blue Star Theatres grant funds supporting a production of Grounded.

LandHomeHero
by Krista DeNio

This blog post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. California Shakespeare Theater was the recipient of round one Blue Star Theatres grant funding supporting the project Land Home Hero.

Steppenwolf's Vets Nights
by Eric Van Tassell

This blog post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. Steppenwolf Theatre Company was the recipient of round one Blue Star Theatre grant funding to support their Veterans’ Night program.

Student to Student: Writing Plays and Building Community
by Frank Cervarich

This blog post is a part of series highlighting the work of recipients of TCG’s Blue Star Theatres grant program. Young Playwrights’ Theater was the recipient of round one Blue Star Theatre grant funding to support its Military Child Education Coalition.

Additional Resources for Blue Star Theatres

Some language below is adapted from the respective organizations' websites.

HowlRound – Art in the Service of Understanding: Bridging Artists, Military, Veterans, and Civilian Communities

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) partnered with HowlRound to livestream the convening "Art in the Service of Understanding: Bridging Artists, Military, Veterans, and Civilian Communities" on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday, March 10 to Sunday, March 12. All videos have been archived on the HowlRound site.

DeCruit

DeCruit (created BY a veteran FOR ALL veterans) is an innovative approach which boldly integrates Veterans, Shakespeare, Theater, and Psychology to provide reintegration skills for veterans of all eras, experiences, or military occupational specialties.

National Humanities Council: Standing Together

This program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others to think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service.

Bob Woodruff Foundation

Even after returning to the love and support of their families and communities, many who have served in the military will struggle. Physical and hidden injuries are challenging on their own, but sometimes these injuries can lead to a cascade of other trouble: unemployment, depression, substance abuse, even suicide. The Bob Woodruff Foundation's mission is to ensure injured veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home. The organization finds and funds innovative programs in communities where veterans, their families, and caregivers live and work to tackle the problems that can prevent them from fulfilling their dreams for the next chapters of their lives.

Veteran Artist Program Podcast

This series is designed to foster, encourage, and promote veterans in the arts.

Theatre of War

Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States and Europe. These ancient plays timelessly and universally depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war. By presenting these plays to military and civilian audiences, Theatre of War hopes to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, disseminate information regarding available resources, and foster greater family, community, and troop resilience.

Veterans Writing Project

The Veterans Writing Project believes that every veteran has a story and understands that some of us need a little help telling that story. The organization provides no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, service members, and their adult family members; is building an archive of writing by members of the military community; and publishes a quarterly literary review and an ongoing scroll of writing on its sister site, O-Dark-Thirty.

O-Dark-Thirty

O-Dark-Thirty is the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. Launched in May of 2012, O-Dark-Thirty is a platform and hub for writing among veterans and members of the military community.

Voices from War

Voices from War offers opportunities for expressing experiences of war through writing workshops for veterans with attention to individual stories, existing literature, and craft; builds community among veterans; and builds bridges of experience and expression between veterans and civilians by creating and nurturing wider opportunities for diverse dialogue and events.

PenFed Foundation

The Pentagon Federal Credit Union/Foundation

Northrup Grumman Foundation

The company focuses a substantial portion of its contributions on programs which address education, services for veterans and the military, health and human services, as well as the environment.

NEFA

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) supports artists with grants and professional resources; establishes vital connections among artists, arts programmers, and the public; and strengthens the region's creative economy through research that informs public policy.

Military Veterans Writing Workshops

The Writers Guild Foundation hosts writing workshops for military veterans in which participants are mentored by professional writers with a variety of backgrounds including television writers, screenwriters, journalists, poets, and novelists.

Student Playwriting Workshops

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is bringing their 2012–2013 WRITE A PLAY Program, to select Military Bases. This in-school arts initiative, designed to inspire students to be creative and to write plays, brings to life a compilation of hilarious, heartfelt, and poignant tales written by youth and performed by a cast of professional actors. FST will tour the fall children's show, The Frog Prince, to Military Bases throughout the Southeastern United States utilizing Safari Live, a web-based educational forum. This year FST received plays from over 4,000 young playwrights in the state of Florida and around the world for the Young Playwrights Festival, which takes place each spring and culminates the program.

Participating Blue Star Theatres

This document lists all participating Blue Star Theatres in alphabetical order.

Blue Star Theatres is a collaboration between Theatre Communications Group and Blue Star Families.

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