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December 20,2017

Marine Turned ‘Star Wars’ Actor Wants Service Members to Try Theater

From DoD Live, the official blog of the Department of Defense

By Yolanda R. Arrington
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Actor and Marine Corps veteran Adam Driver connects with the audience as he performs a monologue from Sam Shepard’s play, “Curse of the Starving Class,” during the Arts in the Armed Forces performance at the Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center in Germany, Dec. 18, 2013.

Adam Driver served nearly three years in the Marine Corps before an injury ended his military career. Soon after, Driver caught the acting bug and now he wants other service members to try their hands at theater.

Driver, who joined the Marine Corps after the Sept. 11 attacks, founded the Arts in the Armed Forcesorganization to provide theater programming for active duty service members, veterans and their families. In celebration of the organization’s tenth anniversary, Driver launched a playwriting award to recognize emerging talent within the U.S. military.

The winner will receive a $10,000 prize and an AITAF-produced reading of their work next year. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, of “Topdog/Underdog” fame, will serve as the head judge. Parks grew up in a military family.

In addition to the prize money, this award will connect the winner with the theater community and give the service member or veteran access to various developmental resources to help them succeed.

Submissions will be accepted through March 1, 2018. Visit AITAF for submission guidelines.

You can catch Driver’s latest film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”