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Our Veterans Community Theater workshop trains veterans to work as stage managers in Los Angeles theaters. Our Mentoring program connects veterans who are pursuing a career in the entertainment/media field with established professionals. Our creativity workshops help veterans meet the challenges of everyday life by enhancing their inventiveness and resourcefulness. We also present free concerts for veterans at VA hospitals and veterans' housing communities, and paid admission concerts for the public with proceeds from ticket sales supporting services for veterans. Our U.S. Tour of Duty applies the mindset and training of veterans to civilian life by fostering mutually rewarding teamwork aimed at improving communities.

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Programs


ROCK TO RECOVERY

The group meets every Thursday in Long Beach, CA. It’s all about harnessing the healing energy of music through composing, playing as a band, recording and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. At each meeting an original song is written and recorded in about 90 minutes.

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MENTORING

Veterans pursuing a career in the entertainment/media field are introduced to accomplished professionals for mentoring and opportunities to collaborate on projects.

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U.S. TOUR OF DUTY

We improve communities by applying the mindset and training of veterans to civilian life.

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WORKSHOPS


Staff


Jeff Norman

Project Director & Founder

Jeff Norman is a former TV actor-writer-producer and standup comedian. Nowadays he collaborates with veterans on community development, arts and media projects .

Melvin I. Johnson

Project Coordinator

Marine veteran Melvin Ishmael Johnson is a playwright, director and community organizer. He created a 10-week program that trains veterans in the theater arts and conflict resolution.

Donna Janosik, LMFT, LCPC

Mental Health Consultant

Donna focuses on homeless issues and music/art therapy. She is a former Adjunct Professor at North Park University in Chicago, where she taught Clinical Psychology.

Todd Grove

Director of Special Events

Todd is a highly-experienced live event producer and facilities manager. He is the former Director of Operations for Live Nation's Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, and Production Manager for Holland America Lines.

Holy Smokes


Holy Smokes is a band with a rotating cast of players. The group meets every Thursday in Long Beach, CA. It’s all about harnessing the healing energy of music through composing, playing as a band, recording and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. At each meeting an original song is written and recorded in about 90 minutes. The weekly sessions are free to attend for anyone who wants to participate. No experience is necessary. This blog documents our works in progress.

Recorded January 23, 2020 in Long Beach, CA.

Recorded January 16, 2020 in Long Beach, CA.

Recorded January 9, 2020 in Long Beach, CA.

Recorded November 14, 2019 in Long Beach, CA.

Recorded October 31, 2019 in Long Beach, CA.

Recorded October 24, 2019 in Long Beach, CA.

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  • P.O. Box 92, Long Beach, CA 90801