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The Telling Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities

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.

Results: Since 2008, The Telling Project has produced fourteen original performances, put over eighty veterans and family members on stage and performed in twelve states and seventeen cities across the nation. It has been featured by the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, NPR, Inside Higher Ed and others, and supported by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution and others.

Target demographics: We work with military veterans and family members and the communities to which they return upon completing their service.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000, including veterans, community members and collaborators

Geographic areas served: All

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.