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

Staff

Founder: Adam Driver

Adam Driver

Adam Driver can currently be seen in Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE and Jim Jarmusch’s PATERSON. In August of this year, he began production on Steven Soderbergh’s LOGAN LUCKY, starring alongside with Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig. He recently starred in Jeff Nichols’ MIDNIGHT SPECIAL and J.J. Abrams’ STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Driver won the Volpi Cup Award for Best Actor for HUNGRY HEARTS, which premiered at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival. His other film credits include: WHILE WE’RE YOUNG, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, TRACKS, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, LINCOLN, FRANCES HA, and J. EDGAR. Driver also stars on HBO’s critically acclaimed series GIRLS. His performance in GIRLS has garnered him three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Driver graduated from Juilliard in 2009 and is a former Marine who was with 1/1 Weapons Company at Camp Pendleton, CA.

Artistic Director: Joanne Tucker

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Joanne has appeared on HBO’s GIRLS and Showtime’s BILLIONS and has worked in theater regionally and off-Broadway, including at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Mass MoCA, and HERE. Her film work includes Alex Gibney’s ZERO DAYS, Alex Ross Perry’s LISTEN UP PHILIP, GAYBY, I’M COMING OVER, AFTER YOU LEFT, and LOFT. She has done voice-over for Ken Burns’ PROHIBITION & THE ROOSEVELTS and for Matt Wolf’s TEENAGE. Joanne is an alumna of The Juilliard School and directed Stephen Adly Guirgis’ OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET there in January 2016.

Executive Director: Clare McLaughlin

Clare McLaughlin is the Executive Director of Arts in the Armed Forces. She worked in the office of the Senior Deputy Director of External Affairs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. With a B.A. from Columbia and an M.A. from the Courtauld Institute in History of Art. Clare holds expertise in the field of art as well as arts fundraising and development. Clare assisted in managing the Board of Trustees of MoMA and its charitable giving. In addition to her experience in the arts, Clare is the sister of a West Point graduate, who is currently serving as an Infantry Captain on assignment to the 25th Infantry Division of the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013. Clare was on the Board of Directors of Arts in the Armed Forces from 2015 to 2016 and served for several years on the Barnard College committee for Gala Nights, a yearly charitable event that raises over a million dollars annually for student scholarships.

Board Of Directors

Stephen Belber

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His plays have been produced on Broadway and in over 25 countries. Plays include The Power Of Duff, Match, Tape, Don’t Go Gentle, Dusk Rings a Bell, McReele, A Small, Melodramatic Story, Geometry of Fire, Fault Lines, One Million Butterflies, Finally, The Muscles In Our Toes, The Transparency Of Val, and Carol Mulroney. He was an Associate Writer on The Laramie Project, and co-writer on The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. Movies include Tape, The Laramie Project (Associate Writer), Drifting Elegant, Management and Match, the last two of which he also directed, starring Jennifer Aniston and Patrick Stewart, respectively. Television credits include Rescue Me, Law & Order SVU, and pilots for HBO and F/X.

 

Bryan Doerries

Bryan Doerries is the founder of Theater of War, a project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to service members, veterans, caregivers and families to help them start talking about the challenges faced by military communities today. He is also the co-founder of Outside the Wire, a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues, such as combat-related psychological injury, end of life care, prison reform, political violence and torture, community recovery following natural and manmade disasters, and the de-stigmatization of substance abuse and addiction. A self-described evangelist for classical literature and its relevance to our lives today, Doerries uses age-old approaches to help individuals and communities heal from timeless wounds.

Adam Driver

Adam Driver

Adam Driver will next star in Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE. He recently starred in Jeff Nichols’ MIDNIGHT SPECIAL and J.J. Abrams’ STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Driver won the Volpi Cup Award for Best Actor for HUNGRY HEARTS, which premiered at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival. His other film credits include: WHILE WE’RE YOUNG, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, TRACKS, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, LINCOLN, FRANCES HA, and J. EDGAR. Driver also stars on HBO’s critically acclaimed series GIRLS. His performance in GIRLS has garnered him three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Driver graduated from Juilliard in 2009 and is a former Marine who was with 1/1 Weapons Company at Camp Pendleton, CA.

Andrea Fionda

Andrea Fionda is the Program Officer of the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, a private foundation based in New York City. The Foundation’s interests center on innovative programs that support the health and mental health of vulnerable populations, with a focus on criminal justice and exposure to chronic violence and its impact on communities. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2010, Andrea worked for eight years at the Vera Institute of Justice, a non-profit based in New York City. Among other programs, she was one of the principals on the Returning Heroes Project, which examined the intersection of returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and the criminal justice system. Andrea’s grandfather and father served in the U.S. Navy in World War I and II, and her husband served as a U.S. Navy SEAL from 1995-2001. Andrea holds a B.A. in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Ben Gross

Ben Gross is an attorney in New York City. He is currently General Counsel of Genius Media Group, better known as Rap Genius. Prior to joining Rap Genius, he was the Herbert and Lorraine Podell Fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU. Ben received a JD from Yale Law School, a MPhil in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, and a BA in Philosophy from Northwestern University.

Zach Iscol

A combat decorated Marine Officer, Iraq veteran and entrepreneur, Zach served as the first officer in charge of Recruiting, Screening, Assessment, and Selection (RSAS) for the US Marine Corps Forces – Special Operations Command. He is the Executive Director of the Headstrong Project, a non-profit organization that provides cost-free and bureaucracy-free mental health care treatment to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with PTSD and TBI.

Phil Klay

Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged he went to Hunter College and received an MFA. His short story collection Redeployment was published by Penguin Press in March of 2014. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, the New York Daily News, Tin House, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012, and Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War.

 

Frank Monterisi

Frank J. Monterisi, Jr. is a Senior Vice President of the Related Companies, L.P., a privately-held real estate development and investment company headquartered in New York City. Since joining Related in 2007, Frank has been responsible for the acquisition and development of luxury residential, commercial, mixed-use and affordable housing in New York City and Chicago. He has been involved in the development of projects such as 500 Lake Shore Drive and 111 West Wacker Drive in Chicago and Hunter’s Point South, MiMA and Riverwalk in New York City. In addition to the board of AITAF, he is a board member of the Long Island City Partnership and Jacob Riis Settlement Houses, a non-profit focused on after-school activities for children and senior issues in Queensbridge and Ravenswood Houses in Queens. Prior to Related, he served as an Officer in the Marine Corps for six years. Mr. Monterisi resigned his commission as a Captain after serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2004. He is a graduate with Honor and Distinction with a Bachelor of Science in History from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and he received his Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.  He lives in Manhattan, is married to his wife Darlan, and is the proud father of three children.

Advisory Council

Lauren Ambrose

Francois Battiste

Eric Bogosian

Ara Guzelimian

Laura Linney

Stephanie P. McClelland

Tim Blake Nelson

Joseph W. Polisi

Jay O. Sanders

Susan Sarandon

John Patrick Shanley

Lili Taylor

Claire Traeger

David Van Asselt

Dianne Wiest

Debra Winger