The Combat Veteran Players (CVP) are an award-winning Shakespearean theater company comprised entirely of Former and Active Service Personnel, many of whom have been overcoming injury or transitional difficulty.
The excitement, appreciation, and pure joy of Shakespeare that they bring to the stage is unlike anything that I've ever known before in my career.
- Jaclyn McLoughlin, Founder of Combat Veteran Players
CVP Founder and Director, Jaclyn McLoughlin, created this rehabilitative theatre model in 2009 under the guidance of Dr. Walter Busuttil, Director of Medical Services for Combat Stress, the UK's leading organization for former Service members struggling with mental health difficulties. The CVP has become widely recognized as a model of the practice of Applied Theater, shown to be highly effective in mental and emotional rehabilitation and overall well-being.
In the UK, the CVP have performed in a number of theatrical spaces to critical acclaim - ranging from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. This past year, members of the CVP performed an extract of Richard III for an audience including H.R.H. Prince Charles on Shakespeare's birthday.
In 2015, the CVP received an Owle Schreame Award for Innovation in Classical Theatre and was nominated by the National Lead of National Veterans Mental Health Network in the NHS for an Award for Excellence with the Royal Society for Public Health. This year, the company was a finalist for the Soldiering On Award for Innovation.
Combat Veteran Players in the United States
Following six successful and award-winning years in London, the CVP created a US branch and debuted with a performance of 'The Comedy of Errors' on July 9, 2016 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Forum Theatre in Washington, DC. The cast of twelve active-duty and retired servicemen and women represented branches of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force. The performance was supported by the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore on the Walter Reed Military Medical Center Campus, as well as the Fort Belvoir Army installation, Intersections International, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
On December 14, 2016, the cast reunited and was joined by four members from the original UK-based CVP group for a reprisal of the production, shared on the stage in a one-time, international reaching performance, followed by a discussion with the audience and a holiday reception at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, DC.
Supporting the Combat Veteran Players
If you would like more information on how to support the Combat Veteran Players initiatives, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org