Helen Bader Foundation makes $50K grant to TBF program


Contact: Therese Philipp

The Battery Factory

November 26, 2014



(Milwaukee, WI) – The Battery Factory’s Feast of Crispian program has received a $50,000 grant from the Helen Bader Foundation to launch an all-veteran, fully-staged production of Julius Caesar. Intensive weekend workshops currently being conducted by local theater professionals lead veterans through scenes from Shakespeare’s plays and will culminate in the full play to be mounted in 2015.

The scene work builds community and aids veterans in strengthening emotional resources needed to overcome service-related trauma and reintegration issues. Experiential exercises and group discussion create a safe space for important stories to be told and give voice to the human condition.

Feast of Crispian serves veterans of all military branches – active, reserve or guard – and of any discharge status.  All veterans are invited to participate; no theater experience is needed and there is no fee. The only requirement is a commitment to working respectfully with each other.

As a recent participant stated: “I found an inner reserve of emotions that I now have a way to tap, to access some of the pain and express it in a safe and healthy way.” — USAF Veteran

The Battery Factory brings art and the community into engagement in innovative ways while supporting artistic growth. The Feast of Crispian bases its techniques on the work of Shakespeare and Company (MA) and is developing innovative strategies to confront new and old challenges facing our veterans.” said Rebecca Holderness, founder and president of The Battery Factory.

About The Battery Factory: We work to ignite performance and visual arts activities, broadening and enlivening Milwaukee’s cultural life.

About the Foundation: The Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., supports innovative projects and programs that advance the well-being of people and promote successful relationships with their families and communities. The Foundation is named for the late Helen Bader, a Milwaukee businesswoman who became a social worker. The Foundation awards an average of $10 million per year in grants, totaling more than $250 million since it was established in 1992.


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