Joshua Casteel recently completed MFA degrees in playwriting and nonfiction from the University of Iowa. An eight-year veteran of the US Army, he served as an Army interrogator and Arabic linguist at Abu Ghraib prison from June 2004 to January 2005. Shortly thereafter, he was honorably discharged as a Conscientious Objector. On June 19, 2006 Casteel appeared on the stage of the Royal Court Theatre perform-ing his solo-play The Interrogation Room for the Human Rights Watch Cries from the Heart, a bill which included Vaclav Havel, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, and Jeremy Irons. The Interrogation Room was a 2007 MFA Theatre Masters National Finalist and was produced in May 2007 at the Atlantic Theatre in New York. Returns was first produced at the University of Iowa in February 2007 (directed by David Gothard of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin) and immediately thereafter at Columbia College (Chicago) and De Balie (Amsterdam). Returns was also produced at Princeton University in December 2007 as part of a “Politics and Theatre” forum at the Lewis Center for the Arts by Emily Mann of the McCarter Theatre, with the help of Paul Muldoon. Casteel was formerly a board member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. He lectures frequently on religious and political affairs, was commissioned by the British Council to contribute to the Council’s landmark diplomatic initiative, The Transatlantic Network 2020, and in March 2007 was invited to the Vatican to discuss Iraq, the Just War theory, and US defense policy with church officials, including Pope Benedict XVI.