Veterans Project

Artistic Director: Fay Simpson Associate Director: Jenny Pacanowski
Company: Jenny Pacanowski, Everett Cox, Kennedy Melchiona, Thiago Felix, Brenna Palughi,
Kate Berman, Temesgen Tocruray, Brian Patrick Murphy, Lyn Watson, Vicki Kohlhepp

Impact Theatre takes the Lucid Body process out of the class room, into performance. We are working from the same basic concept that buried emotions once expressed, stir the waters of change and inspire growth. Since 2012, we have developed an arena within the Veterans Community to stimulate dialogue and communication. Applied theatre makes the best use of theatre technique to enhance communication and dedication to healing. See the performances below, each one followed by provocative dialogue and solution circles.


One Fight Foundation play highlights military service members’ experiences

Those who serve(d) – reflections from an audience member

‘Combat Conversations’ on LV Arts Salon – Veterans Project portion of this radio show begins at 12:26


Six Lucid Body trained actors have interviewed soldiers, and family members, some of whom have been involved in our rehearsal process. We have created a few vivid portraits involving music, movement and language to start to express the emotional complexity of the soldier moving from the intensity of the battlefield to mundane civilian life. One moment you are pointing a gun, the next, holding a latte. How is that gap negotiated? Follow the Veterans Project on Facebook to stay informed on its development and upcoming performances.

Leaving Theatre

Leaving Theatre is a high-caliber, dynamic and engaging theatre piece made up of actors and veterans. It employs a unique, theatrical catalyst for social change called the Behavior Change Process. The 20-minute performance is followed by a 40-minute discussion, engaging the audience in finding solutions, or even stepping into the theatre piece to change the results. There are follow-up workshops offered after the performance to continue the discussion. Leaving Theatre, (which is a military term for when a solider is discharged to return home) focuses on the issues that arise in the veteran community due to the lack of an effective reintegration process.

Combat Conversations: Families Affected By War

What happens when the deployment is over and our service members return home? What do families do when time has passed without the service member?

Please join us for a potent and engaging play to watch the interactions of families affected by war and military culture.

Here’s an opportunity to discuss the issues and consequences of the choices made, lend your voice and experience to the play and how “we” as a community can truly embrace and support our warriors and their families coming home.

Co produced by Impact theatre and The One Fight Foundation!

The play was crafted and informed by forums in the Lehigh Valley with veterans, civilians and family members. The script was designed and sculpted by the forums, the cast, Fay Simpson and Jenny Pacanowski.

Impact Theatre hosts: The Veterans Forum

The Veterans Project: Leaving Theatre is hosting another forum for veterans and civilians to: • Uncover current issues that the veterans are facing • Discuss the solutions that emerged during the piece in greater detail • Learn the Lucid Body concepts as a way to...

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The Veterans Project: Reviewed By Brian Waldbillig

I recently traveled to SUNY New Paltz campus with my friend Fay Simpson and some of her Impact Theatre actors for a performance of The Veterans Project: Leaving Theatre. This event brings together civilians and veterans on stage to explore the challenges of the...

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Veterans Project: Leaving Theatre Trailer

This is a trailer for the Veterans Project: Leaving Theatre. To keep up to date on current performances follow the Veterans Project on Facebook by visiting: "There is an enormous tendency to pathologize...

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REVIEW “The Veterans’ Project: Leaving Theater”

Reviewed by Mary Makofske “The Veterans’ Project: Leaving Theater” at the Warwick Arts Festival on July 23 was part play, part veteran-civilian dialogue, part participatory drama—theater in its richest sense. The 20 minute play was written collaboratively by actors,...

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The Veterans Project

The Lucid Body Lab is taking the Lucid Body out of the class room, into performance.  We are still working from the same basic concept that  buried emotions once expressed, stir the waters of change and inspire growth. Our goal is to ultimately create an arena within...

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Support the Veterans Project

“It was an absolute honor to share a veteran’s perspective and to observe your creative process.
Thank you, on behalf of every veteran, for caring and taking action on our behalf.” Matt “Doc” King | US Army Sergeant | Combat Medic Iraq 2004-2005

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