Trinity Rep extends a specific invitation to our community of veterans and active duty military personnel to participate as audiences, artists, and employees. Not only are we a Blue Star Theater, which lessens barriers for our military community to attend theater, but we are a pilot theater of the Veterans and Theater Institute (VTI), where we welcome veterans and active duty personnel to join us for two educational tracks designed to offer opportunities specifically for our military community.

(See more information about the Blue Star Theater ticket discount.)


Taught by playwright and veteran Maurice Decaul, we offered free weekly playwriting classes throughout the fall and spring. The Playwriting Workshop exposed students to a wide variety of script writing including, but not limited to: play scripts, dramatic monologues, the one-person show, libretto, poetry and prose. During this year-long class, students attended performances in and around Providence, including performances held at Trinity Rep, Brown University and neighboring theatres to further reinforce their classroom learning. By the end of the first semester, students wrote and had a portfolio of work. Semester two deepened the work begun in the first semester, by focusing the students’ interests into the creation of a new script.

Technical Theater

Led by Trinity Rep Resident Artist Michael McGarty, the Technical Theater Track is a season-long opportunity to interact with various departments designing and implementing the production elements in our seven-show season. Based on the interest of the participants, veterans and military personnel can get hands-on experience in lighting and sound engineering, set and costume construction, and all areas of design. Throughout the season, participants will have the opportunity for paid work in the theater, learning from different departments, and creating a schedule tailored to their individual needs.

Our technical theater apprenticeships are set up on an individual basis. To learn more contact Anne Harrigan at .

For more information or to enroll in Playwriting email Community Engagement Coordinator Rebecca Noon at or 401-521-100 x 230.

The VTI is organized nationally by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and is supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Building Demand for the Arts program.