Blue Star Theatres Program for Military Families Reached 85 Participating Theaters in 33 States

Molly Smith, Dennis White, Col Anthony M. Henderson, Kathy Roth-Douquet, Teresa Eyring, Joan Shigekawa, Mark Smith, Lt. Col. Herb Koehler
Jeff Malet
Molly Smith, Dennis White, Col Anthony M. Henderson, Kathy Roth-Douquet, Teresa Eyring, Joan Shigekawa, Mark Smith, Lt. Col. Herb Koehler

Senior members of the military and member of the theatrical establishment held a joint press conference at the Arena Stage's Mead Center for American Theater April 18 to announce the expansion of Blue Star Theatres Program to help military families.

Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for theater, and Blue Star Families, a national non-profit for military families, announced that 85 theaters in 33 states have now joined the Blue Star Theatres program. With support from MetLife Foundation, the program connects a variety of theater offerings to military personnel and their families across the United States. This initiative recognizes the profound contributions of service families and seeks to build stronger connections between theaters, military families and their communities. "Blue Star Theatres builds on the work already occurring at many theaters nationwide, including: playwriting classes to empower creative expression for veterans; community discussions on plays whose themes resonate with military families; free or discounted ticket programs; job postings and casting notices on military bases; and much more. TCG and Blue Star Families will connect theaters with local bases and military families, and develop and disseminate best-practices for engaging with deployed personnel, veterans and service families."

The program included a reading of a scene from "ReEntry," a docudrama about returning veterans, written by Emil Ackerman and K.J. Sanchez, featuring actor Larry Mitchell.

View our photos of the announcement at Arena Stage and the reception which followed by clicking on the photo icons below.

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