About Us

For ten years, The Telling Project has created performances focusing on the human:
humans in uniform; humans in migration.

“Absolutely riveting, emotional and honorable.”

Graydon Royce, Minneapolis Star and Tribune


Mike Rosenberg, The Washington Post

Who We Are

Jonathan Wei – Founder, Executive Director

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is snapz-pro-xscreensnapz001.jpgJonathan Wei is a writer, director and producer.  His work has appeared in The Village VoiceThe Iowa ReviewThe North American ReviewGlimmer Train and other publications and he is a past fellow of the Vermont Studio Center and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Jonathan’s work has been staged at the Guthrie Theater, the Library of Congress, Maryland Center for the Performing Arts and others, and featured by the New York Times, Washington Post, the Huffington Post, MSNBC, NPR and others.  Jonathan founded The Telling Project in 2008, and continues to serve as executive director.

Max Rayneard – Senior Writer/ Producer; Director of Research and Outcomes

IMG_0423Dr. Max Rayneard, co-creator of The Telling Project process,  is a South African Fulbright Scholar who has written, produced and/or directed for The Telling Project on a dozen productions.He has presented papers regarding his Telling Project work at both national and global conferences, and has been published in peer-reviewed academic and creative venues. He is a research affiliate of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and the Program of Theater in the Department of English at Colgate University and holds a PhD in Comparative literature from The University of Oregon.



Telling: Monadnock Region

with the Redfern Arts Center in Keene, NH

Redfern Arts Center in Keene, NH
April 4, 7:30-9:30pm;
Tix and info HERE

The Same Moon: Lansing

with the Peppermint Creek Theater Company in Lansing Michigan

Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane, Lansing, MI
April 11 – 14 & 18 – 21, 2019, Thurs – Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 2pm
Tix and info HERE

Photo by Luke Heikkila

Get Involved

Bring Telling To Your Town

If you are interested in sharing your story or would like to have The Telling Project come to your community or if you’re a business that would like information about sponsoring a Telling Project performance, please email us at info@thetellingproject.org


Partner Information Page

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Project Overview:

Every Telling Project production is a fully engaged partnership between The Telling Project and you, our host community.  Below is an outline of our partnership requirements. Recognizing that each community has it’s individual needs and resources, The Telling Project will work to shape each production and partnership to the strengths and needs of the partnering organizations and community.  If you have needs that don’t fit  exactly into the outline below, please contact us.  We want to work with you.


Partnership Outline

The Telling Project provides:

  • Veteran and veteran family performers (from within a host community)
  • Interview, transcription and scripting
  • Production consultation and overall project management
  • Promotional partnership

These services and the expenses attendant to them (admin, travel, lodging, etc.) will be provided pro bono by The Telling Project to qualifying host communities, in return for which the community will provide, either through financial means or in-kind, the elements listed below.

The host community provides: *

  • Rehearsal space (approx. 40 hours of availability)
  • Performance venue (minimum six performances**)
  • Promotional partnership
  • Promotional materials (printing, design, ad space)
  • Stage management, director, production assistant
  • Technical production staff
  • House staff

In its capacity of project consultant, The Telling Project will assist the host community as needed with all elements of the production. Timelines range from two month to six months.

*Please inquire about accelerated timelines, or the possibility of TTP providing on-the-ground artistic staff

** Performances can take place at multiple venues, and capacities can be negotiated.

To download the above as a pdf, please click here: TTP PARTNERSHIP FLYER.