Warriors for Peace
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!
Founder and Executive Director, Army Iraq War Veteran
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.
Creative Producer, 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.
Nathan Nonhof is a graduate of the CalArts MFA acting program. He has spent the last two summers performing with the Independent Shakespeare Festival. His mission is to never forget that our experience is a gift and we get to be part of something bigger than ourselves by encouraging growth, fostering joy, and binding through genuine connection.
Haliee has been acting, singing and dancing since she was 5 years old! She has a long background on the stage and is a graduated of CSUN with a BA in Film and TV Production. You can find her playing her many characters at The Groundlings and Reciting Shakespeare at The Antaeus Theater Company. Hailee believes that as an artist it is her duty to promote change and growth in humanity through her work.
Associate Artist, Marine Iraq and Afghanistan War Veteran
Tony became an actor after serving in the Marines. He is a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio. Film credits include Warner Brothers' AMERICAN SNIPER and Universal's THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. Tony is the Los Angeles Director of a national nonprofit called For A Day Foundation where he leads a team of volunteers into children's hospitals and turns young cancer patients into superheroes and queens for a day.
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.
Resident Artist, Army Iraq War Veteran
LINSAY ROUSSEAU is a US Army combat veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq as a combat photographer and public affairs sergeant. She has over 20 years of theatre and improv experience. She holds degrees from the University of California Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and The College of William & Mary. She has trained with Larry Moss, Tom Irwin at Steppenwolf West and at the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, Studio A.C.T. at the American Conservatory Theater, The Groundlings, The Second City, Impro Studio and the Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory.
A lover of Shakespeare and recent introduction to the LA theater scene, Ata has recently performed in Shakespeare productions at Theatricum Botanicum and the Independent Shakespeare Company. Ata’s primary perspective on Shakespeare is a spiritual one and he seeks to find and emphasize the spiritual wisdom present in Shakespeare’s works.
Resident Artist, Army National Guard
SIMON SILVA is currently serves in the CA Army National Guard in Public Affairs and is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Film and Electronic Arts. She has a background in theater, film, commercials and modeling.
Associate Artist, US Marine Corps Veteran
After serving in the Marine Corps Steve pursued the arts and studied at Chapman University's film production program. During his first day of auditing an acting class, he knew right away that acting had aways been his dream tucked away under a blanket of fear, doubt and insecurity. Since pursuing it head on, he has been in numerous television shows and a few movies. He continues to study, grow and discover in the craft of acting.
Natalie received her Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts from Bradley University (Peoria,IL) and her Masters in Classical Theatre from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham, England). In Los Angeles, she has worked on multiple projects with A Noise Within and currently studies at Antaeus. She is also Co-founder of The Great Work Begins Theatre Troupe.
Associate Artist, Air National Guard Veteran
Charles has a BA in Economics from the Wharton School and a MA in Organizational Development. He studied in New York with Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Warren Robertson and Michael Shurtleff. He spent 30 years helping people transform their lives and travelled the world extensively facilitating workshops in interpersonal communications and leadership. After retiring, he returned to his first love, appearing on stage with Berkeley Rep in their production of Macbeth with Frances McDormand. Other credits include Gloucester in King Lear, Jacques in As You Like It, the Ghost in Hamlet, and John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet.
Master of Ceremonies, Air Force Reserves
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.
Dianna Leanne Wilson
Stage Manager, US Army
Dianna is an Assistant Production Office Coordinator (APOC) in IATSE Local 871 working on scripted television series. Previously she has worked on Desperate Housewives, Rake, True Detective S2, The Fosters, and Fear the Walking Dead S3 and LA’s Finest. She has also worked as a Stage Manager on several projects including TRACERS and Everything In Between and The Great Divide. On occasion she likes to get up on stage to show off her acting chops! One of her favorite roles was Candy Star in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and She won a best Actress Award for the Midwest Regional Theatre Competition for her portrayal of Martha in Lepers. Dianna served in the US Army for 5 years. She is also a Leadership Fellow and Mentor with Veterans in Media and Entertainment.
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. She will be directing Julius Caesar fall of 2019.
ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
COL Arnold Strong, US Army Ret.
LTC Art DeGroat, US Army Ret.
LTC William Chadwick, US Army Ret.
LTC Evan Gotkin, US Army Ret.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Director, Korean War Veteran