Mark Lococo is Director of Theatre and a professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago. In 1984, he was on the faculty of the Walden Theatre Conservatory in New York, where he collaborated with two colleagues on IN THEIR OWN WORDS: A VIETNAM CHRONICLE, a play based on assorted non-fiction from the Vietnam War. During the developmental process, the creative team encountered Vietnam veterans at every turn, in cabs, on street corners, in bars, in offices, and from consultation with Vietnam Veterans Against the War, the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Committee, VietNow and the Marine Corps. The production toured high schools and colleges in the New York tri-state area for a year. In 1985, he returned to Northwestern University’s Performance Studies Department, where he published his dissertation “Burned Behind My Eyes”: The Dissolution of Invincibility through Performances of the Vietnam War. He has subsequently produced IN THEIR OWN WORDS: A VIETNAM CHRONICLE four times in four cities, and each time established strong connections with local veterans organizations.