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Foreign to Myself

Works Blog

Foreign to Myself

Shannon Flaherty

Foreign to Myself will premiere in May 2017 at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St.).  

An ensemble built performance that examines the shifting identities of the returning military veteran, Foreign is based on dozens of interviews and in depth research with post-deployment military personnel from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

This multi-year project has had three workshop phases: January 2015, May 2015, and May 2016. The ensemble includes Leslie Boles Kraus*, Peter Bowling, William Bowling, Zina Camblin, Casie Duplechain, Shannon Flaherty*, Denise Frazier, Darci Fulcher*, Jeremy Guyton, Ian Hoch*, Dylan Hunter*, and Chris Kaminstein*. 

Check out photos from our May 2016 workshop, which featured an opening conversation with Dr. Gala True and Ray Facundo (by Joshua Brasted):

The project is being built by the ensemble in conjunction with key partners:

  • Gala True, PhD  
    • Dr. Gala True is a social scientist with over 15 years of experience conducting health services research with vulnerable populations.  Over the past 8 years, she has employed participatory action research methods to collaborate with Veterans and other key stakeholders on identifying barriers to post-deployment care and proposing solutions for improving community reintegration after separation from military service.
  • The Louisiana Veterans Research and Education Corporation (LAVREC)
    • Louisiana Veterans Research and Education Corporation (LAVREC) envisions a nation in which America’s Veterans receive the finest care and post-deployment reintegration support based on innovative research and education. LAVREC’s mission is to promote research-community partnerships to improve Veterans’ health and community reintegration, and to empower Veterans to advocate for themselves and their community. 

More photos from our workshop phase in January 2015 by Morgan Sasser:

* indicates GRP company members