Stephan Wolfert left a career in the military for a life in the theatre after seeing Shakespeare’s Richard III. In Cry Havoc, Wolfert recounts his own experiences of military service, weaving his personal narrative with lines from some of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches. Wolfert proposes that the military recruits citizens and trains them to kill, but asks what does the “de-cruit” process look like? How do civilians and Veterans re-learn to live together?
Wolfert received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island, co-created the largest touring Shakespeare Company in New England, directed, and taught acting Shakespeare at Cornell University and at Antelope Valley College. He is also the Founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Veterans, and the Veterans Center for the Performing Arts. He is currently a company member and the Head of Outreach for Bedlam in NYC. He is also the creator of DE-CRUIT: a program to reintegrate military Veterans using classical actor training.