Kentucky Shakespeare’s SHAKESPEARE WITH VETERANS

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Kentucky Shakespeare’s 
Shakespeare With Veterans program
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IMG_1330_aKentucky Shakespeare’s Shakespeare with Veterans program brings service members together, as a band of brothers and sisters, and provides the opportunity for camaraderie and a higher sense of purpose that represents what veterans loved most during our military service.

We work together as a team, under the instruction of a professional director/facilitator from Kentucky Shakespeare, to learn acting and ensemble techniques while gaining an appreciation of Shakespeare and how his works reflect the warrior culture.

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Through the process of learning about Shakespeare, the group gets to know one another, promoting a dialogue about military experiences—good & bad. The group creates a safe environment of comradeship in which participants can discuss whatever is on their minds about their time in and out of service.

This year’s inIMG_1360_aaugural group consisted of five women and eight men. The Army, Air Force and Navy were represented with two Vietnam veterans, veterans of Desert Storm, the Cold War and OIF & OEF with former ranks from Sergeant to Brigadier General. This year’s program culminated with a pre-show performance on the Kentucky Shakespeare stage in Louisville’s Central Park.

This program is FREE for participants, thanks to our generous donors.

Media Links:

– “Shakespeare helps Kentucky veterans adjust to life after war” – Stars and Stripes, November 22, 2016
“Shakespeare with Veterans for Suicide Prevention” – September 26, 2016
“Sharing Through Shakespeare – Group Finds New Ways to Reach Veterans” – News and Tribune, September 22, 2016

“Band of Brothers – Veterans Seek Solace in Shakespeare” – Huffington Post, August 11, 2016
– “Connecting Veterans to the Community they Served” – Americans for the Arts, July 29, 2016
– “Great Day Live” – WHAS 11, July 26, 2016
– “Vets Find Unlikely Therapy Tool in Shakespeare” – Insider Louisville, July 21, 2016
– “Veterans Take Stage With Shakespeare” – Courier-Journal, July 19, 2016
– “Kentucky Veterans Find Voice Through Shakespeare” – July 15, 2016
– “Local Veterans Express Emotions About War Through Shakespeare” – WDRB, July 7, 2016
– “Veterans to Perform With Kentucky Shakespeare Festival” – BroadwayWorld.com, July 14, 2016

Upcoming Appearances:

– Summer 2017 – Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park pre-show performance

Meetings are on Thursdays
6:30-8:30PM
Vet Center
1347 S. 3rd Street #101
Louisville, Kentucky 40208

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For more information contact: Fred Johnson at fredwjohnsonjr74@gmail.com for more info or visit www.kyshakespeare.com/vets

IMG_1356_a(photos by Holly Stone)