The Telling Project

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

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Location: 1006 W Monroe St. Austin TX 78704 USA

Mission: The Telling Project works 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.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

There is no greater truth about war than the truth that is told to us by our soldiers. I saw The Telling Project in Portland Oregon and was deeply moved. Hearing their stories about life before, during, and after war, live in a theatrical venue was transforming. The soldiers' stories of war are personal and at the same time universal and epic. Every soldier, family and community member becomes a casualty of war. We have yet to understand the profound effects of war on all of us. We should have learned from previous wars that soldiers need to tell their stories, and we need to hear them. Possibly, if we participate in these kind of homecoming rituals, we may think harder before sending more soldiers into battle, and will feel compassion when they return, and we will truly care for them. The Telling Project performs a great humanitarian service to help soldiers come home.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I honestly believe that every member of the audience leaves with a new understanding of who the soldiers are, and that we need to listen to their stories, and work to make homecoming all of our responsibility.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

As a cast member of Telling: Portland, I found the entire experience to be a positive one (even the forth hour of bi-weekly rehearsal at nearly ten in the evening). It gives veterans a chance not only to share their story with the community, but also with other veterans who have had similar experiences. Ironically, some of the things I shared on stage with the general public, I had not even told my family. I first got the courage after interviewing on camera and telling my story to co-writers, Max Rayneard and Jonathan Wei. Their positive feedback made me feel comfortable enough to commit to performing. Secondly, the support of the other cast members made it that much easier to get on stage and say what I’ve wanted to say. I definitely have no regrets and would gladly do it all over again. I recommend being a part of this project for any veteran from any community.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all amazing people who care more about the project and the cause than they worry about themselves.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

As the spouse of a vet, an interviewee, an audience member, and a writer/performer at the Service Nation event in DC, I am deeply grateful for my involvement with Telling. I think it would not be hyperbole to say that the Telling Project has the capacity to save lives. In the age of the volunteer army and the polarized homefront, Telling provides a venue for veterans to be heard and civilians to be challenged and moved. Perhaps more importantly, it allows veterans and loved ones to navigate the haunted terrain of life in wartime with compassion, grace, and, yes, levity.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being a part of the Telling community and feeling that charged silence of audience members listening for the first time.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate, insightful, dedicated, honest, and often hilarious.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I worked closely with The Telling Project last fall when they joined us for a performance in Washington, DC. The organization I am a part of - ServiceNation - was launching its civilian-military initiative, known as Mission Serve, last Veterans Day. The Telling Project volunteered their services to perform for our audience at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, sharing the stage with First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Mrs. Alma Powell, among others. The cast and crew of The Telling Project were truly a joy to work with. They were professional, flexible, punctual, and extremely competent. Most importantly, however, they were incredibly inspiring. They do such an amazing job of communicating the veteran and military family experience to civilians, which is at the heart of the Mission Serve experience. It was an honor to work with The Telling Project, and I hope to have the opportunity to do so again.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being inspired by their incredibly powerful ability to communicate the veteran and military family experience to civilians.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are a lot of fun to work with - no ego, all professionalism.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Outstanding Americans.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

communicate the veteran and military family experience to Americans in all 50 states, performing a much-needed bridging of the civilian-miltiary divide.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

This project began a series of good things that continues to echo and multiply far beyond the play itself---effects that reach as far inside as out. Psyches are permanently modified by the Telling. Anyone who has the capacity for compassionate insight will be a quantum leap ahead in understanding far more than just the military or combat experience. This is a microscope, and fisheye lens into aspects of life that far too many never allow themselves to glimpse. Those who do see, really see, what the Telling evokes are wiser to a degree far beyond the energy they invest. This is not to say it is easy. Being in the play was devastating for me, took me back to feelings long buried, and it was as though they were ripped from my psyche with pliers. Others saw them though, and the response has been overwhelmingly Good. It is terrible irony that in this time of unprecedented capability for communication, young people are being sent off to war by the hundred-thousands without any real concept in their minds, or the minds of the population who underwrite their military experience, what the hell they are getting into and what it portends for the rest of their lives. The commonly accepted figure at present is that we spend $1,000,000 per average soldier per year to keep them in Iraq and Afghanistan. But when they return, almost certainly wounded with PTSD if not physically, they are cut loose and have to fight disgusting, protracted bureaucratic infights for years, for the government to oh-so-reluctantly surrender any benefits. It is the continuing curse of the Vietnam war, it projects into the future of the young women and men who serve now. It is a cancer on our society, bringing conflict home to visit our families and our social fabric. The Telling Project provides an extremely effective way for us to continue to serve our country and our fellow citizens. It should be required for every one of us.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Unlike when I volunteered for Vietnam, I was more or less drafted for Telling. Wrenching experience, more profound than I bargained for, and I'd do it again in a minute.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Serving a noble cause again, with some of the finest young women and men I have ever known.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed, growing, learning, reaching deep, deep inside and sharing with heroism. All of them. Wasn't always easy, but everyone made it with aplomb.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide CRUCIAL insight for much of our population, here and abroad, into what what war really is and what it does to all of us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I have been lucky enough to be a performer and project director for the first Production in Eugene, OR. I have also performed for the NASPA conference in Seattle, Washington and the Service Nation Mission Serve event in Washington D.C. I'm currently the Program Director for the Starkville, MS Telling Production and just recently spoke as a presenter at the Northwest Network Conference at Portland State University. My experience with the Telling Project has been a positive one. I have seen veterans and dependents grow as leaders and seen first hand civilians reevaluate their views on the military, veterans, and the current conflicts. As a Director for a student veterans organization I wanted a Project that gathered veterans together to share their experiences, challenge and provide the community to listen and gain new perspectives, address the generalizations that are bestowed on veterans, gather veterans from multiple campaigns to hear each others stories, and assist in the fight of PTSD and reintegration of our veterans. The Telling Project does all of these things in an innovative way; and I can't thank the Telling Project enough for taking the initiative to encourage veterans to share their stories to the community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the creation of long lasting friendships and networking between veterans of multiple generations and challenging civilians to look at veterans as individuals and not one generalization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Passionate, innovative, and supportive leaders. These men and women gave up so much time and effort to make a successful production. They are very flexible to adjust to our schedules and understand the chaos of everyday life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

not only be sustainable but allow us to achieve our 50 state initiative goal, by having multiple Telling Production in every state. Encourage and fund veterans to join the Telling Project team. Create an interactive website that networked veterans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I performed in Telling Eugene, in the original and following run, and in D.C. This experience helped me to grow as a person and awarded me with the opportunity to meet some fantastic people. I believe that The Telling Project is a great public service that has and will continue to give veterans a way to heal; or, just as importantly, provide them with a place to put the stories that they carry with them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people I met and the opportunity to share my story.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have had the honor, through The Telling Project, as a civilian and a writer, to have had the opportunity to work with veterans. It has been a life-changing experience. The stories told to me, the sincerity of their will to serve, the dignity with which veterans carry their experiences with them, has been an example to me. In turn, to have seen veterans and veteran organizations affiliated with the Project flourish in their personal and professional capacity has been one of the great experiences of my life. This project, I truly believe, makes a difference to everyone it touches. I am very thankful to be a part of it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the emotional sincerity with which veterans tell their stories and in observing, taking part in, the embrace of civilian audiences.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

fund it. The project currently works on a volunteer basis, which does not allow the continuity of personnel required to build a viable infrastructure.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning to listen, meeting people of great quality and with incredible service ethic.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

driven, capable, gifted, kind, sensitive, generous, strong, dignified, pragmatic, talented, brave.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put on Telling Productions in every state of the United States, even, possibly, extending its ambit to veterans and people with stories to tell in other countries.

Ways to make it better...

the Project had proper funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding so that it can create a viable infrastructure with which to fulfill its mandate.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have had the honor of working with Mr Wei,Mr Addis and Mr Alves and I can tell you they are truly doing our veterans senior and younger generation a true selfless service.I have a challenge for anyone, go and see a telling and you will see what I mean it will move you like you have never been moved; I promise.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Portland,Washington D.C,Eugene

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue helping them receive funding as a full time employee.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They have the ability to get veterans to talk about things veterans refuse to talk about with counselors and psychologist. True proof that an specialist is only as good as there experiences. Most have little to no experience with combat stress.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Good people with a true sense of respect.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Offer there services to every college student veteran V.F.W,and American Legion member out there.

Ways to make it better...

Everyone would participate

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The participants obligation to full time college classes prevents us from going all the way.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I had no Idea how deeply touching the Telling is to our senior veterans. Time to speak has actually set some of them free from the memories and Men they have buried.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have watched the previous shows of "The Telling Project" and it has very much moved me. To hear different stories and different experiences was amazing and it made me appreciate the men and women who serve to protect our country more. I'm glad to be part of the Sacramento production to help spread the word about "The Telling Project". Not only is it great to help spread the word, i'm also making some great friends as well.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting new people and making friends out of it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

are GREAT! They're very friendly and helpful!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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