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Jeff Casey
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Marsilius 111
1 (802) 485-2423

Students seeking to explore theatre in the classroom will find numerous opportunities at Norwich. We offer courses in dramatic literature, theatre appreciation, acting, directing, technical theatre, Shakespeare, performance studies, and related topics. The theatre program regularly organizes other events, such as Norwich Voices for International Women’s Day, a spoken word performance about women’s issues, and Battle of the Voices, a musical competition concert.


Trauma, Veterans, and Shakespeare Project

This spring, Norwich University will host Stephan Wolfert and Dawn Stern as part of our Trauma, Veterans, and Shakespeare Project. This multidisciplinary project is designed to support military veterans using the arts, humanities, and sciences to help heal the wounds of trauma. Wolfert, a former Army medic and infantry officer, and Stern are co-directors of DE-CRUIT. Wolfert developed DE-CRUIT based upon his own experiences of post-traumatic stress and addiction while transitioning out of the military. Both he and Stern will be on the Norwich campus March 13 through April 5, 2020, offering this program to veterans and providing information, training, and education on their unique approach to addressing post-traumatic stress.

The project will include several free events that are open to the public, including a performance of Wolfert’s award-winning one-person play Cry Havoc!. Norwich University will also offer free student performances inspired by this project.

DE-CRUIT for Veterans

Stephan Wolfert and Dawn Stern will conduct three DE-CRUIT sessions for veterans.

This is the premise: The military recruits and trains men and women using a systematic process that “wires” the soldier’s brain for war. DE-CRUIT helps military veterans overcome the obstacles of transitioning from military service back into their communities. We serve veterans of any military experience, and at any stage of their civilian transition.

  • Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sunday, March 15, noon-8 p.m. at White River Junction VA Medical Center, Freedom Building, 163 Veterans Drive, White River Junction VT 05009, for all veterans.
  • Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sunday, March 22, noon-8 p.m. at Norwich University, for women veterans in North Hall, Room 202.
  • Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sunday, March 29, noon-8 p.m. at Norwich University, for all veterans in North Hall, Room 202.

If you are interested in participating in the DE-CRUIT program or being trained in the program, please contact Jeff Casey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1 (802) 485-2423 to leave a message. Limited funding is available to offset the cost of travel and time for participants and trainees.

Cry Havoc Performances

Cry Havoc! is Stephan Wolfert’s award-winning Off-Broadway play which details Wolfert's struggle with post-traumatic stress and addiction and explains how theatre and Shakespeare provided him with the tools to overcome these challenges. These two performances are free and open to the public with no tickets required; seating will be limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Performances are:

  • Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at White River Junction VA Medical Center, Freedom Building, 163 Veterans Drive, White River Junction VT 05009.
  • Friday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Norwich University’s Mack Hall Auditorium.

There will also be a performance at The Grange Hall Cultural Center on March 12, which will have an admission fee. See grangehallcc.com for details.

Learn more about DE-CRUIT from their organization website, and check out the New York Times article about Wolfert and DE-CRUIT. 

Shakespeare at War/Shakespeare at Peace

Norwich University's student theatre group, the Pegasus Players, will perform selected scenes from Shakespeare on the themes of war, peace, veterans, and trauma. Each performance will be followed by discussions with veterans, scholars, artists, and community members.

Thursday – Saturday, April 2-4
7:30 p.m.
Norwich University, Mack Auditorium

The Trauma, Veterans, and Shakespeare Project is made possible in part by the generous support of the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Vermont Humanities Foundation, as well as the Norwich University Office of Academic Research, College of Liberal Arts, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Title IX), Counseling and Wellness Center, Department of English and Communications, and Pegasus Players. Community Partners include White River Junction VA Medical Center and the Veterans’ Place in Northfield.


For over a century, theatre has been an integral and lively part of student life on the Norwich campus. Founded in 1927, the Pegasus Players are the oldest continuously operating student group on campus. Pegasus students stage multiple performances each year ranging from classical to contemporary to musicals. Recent productions include Harold Pinter’s Party Time.


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