Giving back to veterans through the arts can help them heal, reintegrate into civilian society, and express their experiences. In TCA’s Free Professional Development Webinar, Jonathan Wei of The Telling Project discusses getting veterans involved in your programs. Jonathan shares his experiences, lessons learned, and best practices for working with veterans.
Jonathan Wei, the founder and director of The Telling Project, is a playwright, writer and producer. His work has been staged at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Guthrie Theater, the Library of Congress, the Maryland Center for the Performing Arts, and the Alley Theatre, among others. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Village Voice, The Iowa Review, The North American Review, Glimmer Train, and his work featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Inside Higher Ed, the Associated Press, and NPR. He is a recipient of a Congressional Commendation, an Emmy Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A winner of the Glimmer Train Fiction Open, Jonathan lives with his family in Austin.
The Telling Project is a performing arts nonprofit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. Through this understanding, a community deepens its connection to its veterans, itself, and its place in the nation and the world.