Our Mission

The purpose of Arts in the Armed Forces is to provide high-quality theater programming for active duty service members, veterans, military support staff and their families.

Arts in the Armed Forces performs theater for all branches of the military at US installations domestically and around the world. Our core program consists of published contemporary American plays and monologues presented by theater-trained professional actors and actresses. We choose plays that feature diverse themes, ages, ethnicities and experiences to create a complex and unique experience for the audience.

Importantly, after each of AITAF’s performances, the actors interact with the audience through a question and answer session as well as a more informal mingling period.

The goal is not simply to provide an enjoyable evening, but to use the powerfully emotional shared experience of live theater to open up conversations capable of bridging the divides between military and civilian, service member and family member, the world of the arts and the world of practical action.

Arts in the Armed Forces performs theater for all branches of the military at US installations domestically and around the world. Our core program consists of published contemporary American plays and monologues presented by theater-trained professional actors and actresses. We choose plays that feature diverse themes, ages, ethnicities and experiences to create a complex and unique experience for the audience.

Importantly, after each of AITAF’s performances, the actors interact with the audience through a question and answer session as well as a more informal mingling period.

The goal is not simply to provide an enjoyable evening, but to use the powerfully emotional shared experience of live theater to open up conversations capable of bridging the divides between military and civilian, service member and family member, the world of the arts and the world of practical action.

Leadership

Adam Driver

Founder
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Joanne Tucker

Artistic Director
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Clare McLaughlin

Executive Director
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Erica Newhouse

Program Manager
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Board

Stephen Belber

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Adam Driver

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Andrea Fionda

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Ben Gross

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Phil Klay

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Larry Lennox-Choate

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Frank Monterisi

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Advisory Council

  • Lauren Ambrose
  • Laura Linney
  • David Rabe
  • Lili Taylor
  • Deborah Winger
  • Francois Battiste
  • Stephanie P. McClelland
  • Jay O. Sanders
  • Claire Traeger
  • Eric Bogosian
  • Tim Blake Nelson
  • Susan Sarandon
  • David Van Asselt
  • Ara Guzelimian
  • Joseph W. Polisi
  • John Patrick Shanley
  • Dianne Wiest

Leadership Council

  • Blake Benke
  • Chris Perkins
  • Jenna Swymeler
  • Michael Boyd
  • Matt Pottinger
  • Henry Warner Allison
  • Malia K. Du Mont
  • Teri Poulton Consoldane
  • Josh Waller
  • Matthew Goracy
  • Stacy Ross