Learning from Our Troops Project
The UM School of Theatre & Dance is committed to integrating community engagement and service into student experiences and public performances. From April 28-May 9, the School presented the play Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter. In conjunction with that production, the Learning from Our Troops Project illuminated the stories of some of the University of Montana’s nearly 700 enrolled veterans … in their own words. We hope you will listen to the results and join in the conversation.
Mike Monsos, Director
UM School of Theatre & Dance
Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, a 2008 play by Julie Marie Myatt, tells the story of Jenny, a Marine back from Iraq with an honorable discharge, a new leg, and PTSD. Emotionally unable to return home to her kids, she takes a detour through Slab City, an ex-military base and squatter haven. Here, the residents try to help Jenny put to rest what’s been keeping her awake at night.
UM students from multiple disciplines worked with Professor Jillian Campana and campus veterans to write monologues about the veteran’s experiences reintegrating into his/her community following demobilization. The monologues were audio recorded and shared with audiences of the play Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter. Audience members were treated to listening stations where they could hear veterans’ monologues, view photographs, and reflect upon a wide variety of real-life service and re-integration experiences. To hear these monologues, please visit our page dedicated to the audio files.
We are still seeking community support for this special project and welcome donations to help defray the costs of having created these listening stations. To make a donation to support Learning from Our Troops, you may use the form below or call 406-243-4990.