A Dancer’s Tour of Duty

14 Feb

Please click the photo above to read this month’s cover story of The Village Voice, “A Dancer’s Tour of Duty,” by Roman Baca as told to Jonathan Wei (the creator of the Telling Project.) This is a truly uplifting story illustrating the transformative power of the arts, exactly the kind of power the Telling Project strives to accomplish.

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10 Feb


Today was our first rehearsal for Telling: Austin, and it was an astounding success. After connecting for so long only by email or one-on-one meetings, it was fantastic to have (most of) the cast and crew together at last in one room–a room kindly provided by Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus as our regular rehearsal space. Scripting is still currently in progress, but in the mean time our rehearsals will be focused on developing performance skills and presence. These initial rehearsals will be essential for getting the cast comfortable with an audience and, equally crucial, us and one another. Stacey Shade-Ware, our marvelous director, led all of us, crew included, in a number of vocal exercises and games meant to encourage a cohesive energy within the group. Once the scripting process is complete, our rehearsals will shift towards editing and performing the final script. Today was very productive, very encouraging, and tons of fun. I know this is going to be a great cast.


In other news, one of our cast members, Malachi Muncy, is an artist who makes paper from donated military uniforms and uses them for his art prints. He is doing really profound work in his community and offering workshops on paper-making. Please click the flag above to learn more about the process and donate to his cause. In one day, he’s earned over $500 in pledges towards his goal of $2,500. These donations will be used to buy much needed supplies for his paper studio. The more you pledge, the more amazing veteran prints you can get. If the studio does not reach it’s pledging goal by March 9, they will not receive the donations they need.


9 Feb

Yes, you. And bring a friend too.

Thursday March the 7th, Telling: Austin will be holding a fundraising cocktail party to increase public interest and, of course, to raise funds for the performance. To attend, please click the invitation above to purchase your ticket. There will be fun, frivolity, good company, and refreshments. Your presence, positive energy, and generous donations will be the driving force behind us on the home stretch towards opening night.

I hope to see you there.


20 Jan

What an exciting day for Telling: Austin! We were lucky enough to have the crew of CreativeChaos vmg film one of our last interviews for their feature length documentary, Thank You for Your Service (in production), “about America’s treatment of Veterans and the culture and politics behind the failure to successfully reintegrate returning soldiers into society.” The Telling Project, Telling: Austin will be featured in the film, and we’re all really thrilled to be a part of their project.

To learn more about Thank You for Your Service and CreativeChaos vmg, visit:


1 Jan

We now officially have dates and a venue for Telling: Austin! The beautiful Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center has graciously offered us their black box theater for the production. Production dates are April 25-27 and May 2-4, 2013.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River St.
Austin, 78701

Photo Courtesy of Austin Parks and Recreation


20 Oct

Hello, reader! As the production date moves closer, you’ll be hearing a lot from me, so I thought it would be a good idea for me to tell you a little bit about myself and my interest in the Telling Project.

My name is Schandra Madha. I’m a Junior Undergraduate student studying Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. My academic focus is in Creative Writing, Philosophy, and Comparative Literature. My long-term career goal is to write several novels and poetry anthologies. I’m also interested in developing innovative creative writing programs for education and therapy, programs much like the Telling Project.

Last Spring, I attended Austin Community College for a semester to study Playwriting and Sociology. During that time, I became involved with ACC’s annual In2theWest production, an Austin original writing and acting workshop inspired by the iconic realism found in the photography of Richard Avedon. I was able to write two monologues for the show, and even had my first real acting experience. One of my monologues was inspired by my own feelings growing up in a military family and witnessing the indifference and ignorance many civilians have towards veterans. In my Playwriting course and during the production, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Charlotte Gullick. When Charlotte told me later about her work with the Telling Project, I knew I had to be a part of it.

Daniel Zuniga in my monologue “Peaceful Protest”

Charlotte introduced me to the director of the project, Jonathan Wei, and the rest is, as they say, history. So, I will be your devoted intern and blogger from now through showtime. I can’t wait to get started on the project. I am so excited to be helping veterans and their families tell their stories and, in many cases, experience their own first time acting as well. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions. I look forward to hearing from all of you!

Update 02/08/13:  And if you’re interested in seeing Daniel’s and all the other In2theWesters’ performances, the videos from the production are all available online here.


20 Oct

Welcome readers! I am pleased to announce that the Telling Project is coming to Austin this Spring 2013. I’ll be here to update you on all the pre-show announcements and provide you with some great photos and videos from behind the scenes. If you’d like to learn more about the Telling Project, you can visit our “About” section or check out our website. You can check our calendar as we post upcoming events. Of course, please feel free to leave comments or ask questions at any time!