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Greek Playwrights’ Message for American Veterans
When the Ohio State Department of Theatre embarked on a new program last spring to use active workshops based on Shakespeare’s plays to interact with military personnel, veterans and their families, the goal was to help them find new ways to give expression to their experiences as they transitioned from soldiers to civilians.
"Most importantly, we must be nuanced in our representation of the military. Veterans in America are typically valorized, victimized, or demonized. I would settle for our lives being dramatized."
USVAA works tirelessly with veterans, artists, supportive individuals and organizations within the arts and veterans’ communities to find funding and support for individual and collaborative projects in photography, literature, theater, film, television, fine arts and a wide variety of crafts
Now they’re finding their inner artist.
Art therapy is more than just arts and crafts...
Hollywood may love its military movies, what with their built-in action, adventure, and heart-wrenching storylines. But the industry is chock full of military veterans who have provided guidance on screen and off, punctuating their roles with their own experience in the armed services. Here's a look at some actors who have done more than just play a role.
The Telling Project continues to deepen public understanding of the military experience, easing veterans’ transitions back to civilian society socially, professionally and personally, and facilitating more robust engagement on the part of civilians in their communities, nation and the world.
Three actors open up about their transitions from the military to civilian life—and the important role that theatre played.