Warriors for Peace Theatre
Founded by Iraq War Veteran Christopher Loverro, Warriors For Peace theatre is a collaboration of US military veterans and civilians who believe in the healing effects of art. Our company is designed to provide catharsis for those who have served by way of the theatre arts and the brilliance of Shakespeare. In addition to helping our veterans heal and re-integrate back into civilian life, our larger mission is to have American warriors work with veterans from other nations in order to break down negative stereotypes and promote peace and healing through the arts. Our calendar year consists of free Shakespeare workshops for veterans, showcases, community outreach projects, and theatrical productions.
We are strong supporters of our military and our veterans. We have no political agenda except to work towards healing and understanding between nations we have been at war with or currently have hostile relations with. We believe the arts are a perfect way to bring people together and they remind us of our commonality and the humanity we all share.
We hope to remind governments and their citizens to see beyond the social construct of the nation-state and remind them that we are all “global citizens”. If soldiers who have fought each other can come together in peace then why can’t the rest of us?
We choose to use Shakespeare because he is the most widely performed playwright in the world and understands war and human nature. Our goal is to show the world that by veterans coming together to perform art we are all brothers and sisters. There is no “other”, there is only "us”!
"Art Transcends Politics And Brings People Together"
A Muslim man and a Jewish man face off in a room and guess what happens? .....They hug each other as brothers and celebrate their diversity!
Director And Coach
A Chicago native and a Northwestern grad, Ann is a classically trained actor, playwright, director and arts educator with over twenty-five years of professional theatrical experience. She co-founded Seanachai Theatre Company (now the Irish Theatre of Chicago) and is an ensemble member of both Rogue Machine Theatre and Antaeus Theatre here in L.A. As an acting teacher she currently works with Antaeus and Berg Studios, and as an arts educator, she currently works with at-risk/incarcerated youth at several institutions/schools across L.A., as well as teaching at Homeboy Industries, L.A.'s LGBT Center and the L.A. Museum of the Holocaust. She also serves as a lay jail chaplain in the L.A. County Jails.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Tori Danner spent 23 years of her life in the Middle East. She focused her last 3 years there in the entertainment industry. Starting off with voiceover work and story telling for local radio stations, she eventually landed a position as a talk show host on a National Television Station. She earned her Master's Degree in Acting from CalArts prestigious Graduate Acting program in 2019.
She most recently performed as Mark Antony with Warriors for Peace, Kiss by Guillermo Calderon, The End The End The End... at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Hamlet; playing the role of Ophelia. Through her talent and unique story, Tori hopes to encourage people to shirk the certainty of their comfort zone and pursue their passions.
Director and Coach
Louise Rosager is a Shakepearean scholar who has spent more then 10 years on the international Shakespeare circuit as an actress, text coach and speaker. She has coached numerous actors for auditions and plays and has worked with outreach programs teaching Shakespeare in prisons and to at risk youth. She was an Executive Producer for the TNT series Will. She received her training from Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA and apprenticed locally with Lisa Wolpe, founding artistic director of Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company.
Founder and Artistic Director
An Oakland native and Graduate of UC Berkeley’s Peace and Conflict Studies program, Christopher Loverro is a classically trained actor, former police officer, Iraq War veteran, and a part of Diavolo's Veteran Dance Project. He has been using acting and filmmaking as a way to increase awareness about veteran’s issues and as an additional form of therapy for combat related PTSD. He now hopes to promote peace and healing through the use of theatre arts and formed the Warriors For Peace theatre compnay to achieve this end.
Director and Coach
Armin is a highly regarded actor and teacher and is best known to television audiences as Quark on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and has hundreds of film and TV credits. Last year he portrayed Leo Tolstoy in "Discord" fro both the Noho Arts Theatre and the Geffen Theatre. He teaches at the University of Southern CA and Antaeus.
Air Force Veteran
BJ is a retired USAF Reserve medic. He is a service-connected disabled veteran yet continues to be an athlete, ambassador, and mentor in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program where he also serves as a comedy coach teaching applied improv as part of the resiliency programs. BJ is an alumnus of iO West (formerly improv Olympic West), Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles, and has also studied at The Groundlings Theater. He is a graduate of The Second City Hollywood Conservatory and leads the Improv for Veterans Program there. He is a past instructor at the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts Acting Conservatory.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Christopher Loverro, President
LTC William Chadwick, US Army Ret., Secretary
LTC Evan Gotkin, US Army Ret., Treasurer
Ann Noble, Board Officer
COL Arnold Strong, US Army Ret.
LTC Art DeGroat, US Army Ret.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Director, Korean War Veteran