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GET INVOLVED!

Veterans residing in Minnesota are invited to volunteer to help backstage, building the set and costumes, or as ushers for the show. Contact Ariel, Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested.

We need donations to support the production of this new play. Visit our GiveMN page to donate now. Thank you!

Footprints merges into Wonderlust Productions
Footprints Collective is merging with Alan Berks & Company, into a new company, Wonderlust Productions. All the same talented people. The same community-driven mission. A new name. More details coming soon! See our Facebook page ...

Photos from the Veterans Play Project rehearsals
Rehearsals started with the veterans in our cast on September 24th. We've been doing acting exercises, writing songs, and trying out all kinds of movement, including trust lifts. What's a trust lift? Check out the photos!

Rehearsals begin, tickets on sale for the Veterans Play Project


Photos by Bruce Silcox

Announcing the Veterans Play Project Cast!
Our cast is still growing, but after a great turnout for auditions, we are pleased to announce a cast of 21 people, including 14 veterans of military service. See photos from our first read-through, and see the whole cast list.

Auditions July 21st!
Come audition to perform in our new play based on the stories of Minnesota military veterans. No experience required and no need to prepare anything; just show up. All veterans of all backgrounds and experience are welcome. Auditions will be Sunday July 21st from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St., Minneapolis. You can come any time between those hours. Callbacks will be Tuesday, July 23rd, 6:00-10:00 p.m. by appointment. If you can't attend on the 21st, but want to audition, get in touch with Leah at leah@footprintscollective.org or 612-227-2046. More info ...

Reading of the first draft of our play July 24th
Come hear us read aloud the first draft of our new play, based on the experiences of Minnesota veterans. All veterans, friends, families, and people who support veterans are welcome to hear this first draft and share with us your feedback. Wednesday, July 24th, 7:00 p.m. at Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St., Minneapolis.

July 10, 2013
Video from our latest workshop!

June 16, 2013
Workshop videos online! Visit our video gallery and our photo gallery to see what we've been up to in script workshops with veterans and actors. All veterans are invited to any workshop, Wednesday nights, June 5 through July 24, 7-9 p.m. at Mixed Blood Theatre. More info here ...


May 16, 2013
Summer Workshop dates announced! Veterans are invited to join us at weekly workshops where we will explore drafts of this new play, gather feedback, and start forming the creative team. Wednesday nights, June 5 through July 24, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Mixed Blood Theatre. Attend any/all that you like. More info here ...


April, 2013
Production dates and location set! We are hard at work, writing a new play based on all the stories we've gathered from veterans in our community. Soon we will announce weekly workshops inviting veterans and actors to come read parts of the script as we write it, give us feedback, and help us make a great play that represents the many voices of the veteran experience. We have set a date and booked a place to perform. The Veterans Play Project will be presented at Base Camp at Fort Snelling, November 15-24, 2013.


December, 2012
Story Circles complete! After 15 story circles and several interviews, we have had the privilege of talking with 68 Minnesotan veterans about their experience serving in the military. We still hope to talk to a few more veterans, particularly people of color and those with disabilities so that our play can reflect a diversity of experience. We are scheduling interviews throughout January, so if you know anyone we should still talk to, please contact us. Next we will select a performance venue, set dates for production, start writing the play, and continue raising funds to support a Fall production of this play, starring Minnesota veterans.


November, 2012
Last round of story circles! Veterans residing in Minnesota are invited to join us for a free story circle workshop. Talk with other veterans and collaborate to help us make a play about your experience. See all the workshop dates available here.


June, 2012
Workshop dates announced! Veterans residing in Minnesota are invited to join us for a free story circle workshop. Talk with other veterans and collaborate to help us make a play about your experience. See all the workshop dates available here.


May, 2012
We are working with community partners, such as the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs, the Minnesota National Guard, Veterans for Peace, the Coming Home Collaborative, Veterans in the Arts, and so many more, to host workshops inviting veterans to share their stories and help us write a new play about the veteran experience. Workshop dates to be announced soon!


April, 2012
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council approved our grant request through their Creative Intersections program. Thank you MRAC and Minnesota voters who supported the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund!


November, 2011
Donors gave $1,730 to the Veterans Play Project on Give to the Max Day. Thank you!


Fall, 2011
We are fundraising now for our first project, the Veterans Play Project. You can support this project by making a donation on our GiveMN page.


The Veterans Play Project is being produced by Mixed Blood Theatre and Footprints Collective with artistic support from Bedlam Theatre and community support from the Minnesota Humanities Center Veterans Voices Program. Community outreach partners include: Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Coming Home Collaborative at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs, Minnesota National Guard, University of Minnesota Student Veterans Association, Veterans for Peace, Veterans in the Arts, Women Veterans Initiative.

Thank you to our supporters:

This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Our deepest gratitude to the generous individuals who have made donations.

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