Public Artist in Residence, City of New York



On March 1, 2017 the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services and Department of Cultural Affairs named Bryan Doerries, Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions, as the city’s newest Public Artist in Residence (PAIR).

Over the next two years, Theater of War Productions will bring theater projects and community conversations that address critical public health and social issues to all five boroughs. All events are free and will take place in more than 60 venues across New York City. The project will combine theater and public forums that engage both veterans and civilians in community-specific performances that foster health and healing through open discussion and exchange.

Theater of War Productions presents programs that address the enduring impact of war as well as broader community issues such as gun violence, mental health, addiction, prison reform, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Brooklyn Public Library is a co-producer of the residency as part of its commitment to being a resource and advocate for civic engagement, education, artistic expression, and a safe haven for public discourse.

This landmark city-wide project is made possible through a generous grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.







scheduled performances


theater of war

March 20, 2017

The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR

7pm - 9pm

44 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014

theater of war

 April 6, 2017

Brooklyn Public Library - Crown Heights branch

7pm - 9pm

560 New York Avenue.
(at Maple Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11225



this performance has been postponed until further notice. Please check back soon for the new Staten Island date!

APRIL 14, 2017


7PM - 9PM


1200 Manor Road

Staten Island, NY 10314


APRIL 17, 2017


7PM - 9PM

The Post Theatre

Building T4

Fort Tilden/Rockaway, NY 11697




MAY 6, 2017


7PM - 9PM

571 Walton Avenue,

Bronx, NY 10451



the drum major instinct

april 30, 2017

BRIC House Ballroom

1:00 pm

647 Fulton Street

(Enter on Rockwell Place)

Brooklyn, NY 11217




theater of war

May 28, 2017

the intrepid Sea, air & space museum

the Allison & Howard lutnick theater 


Pier 86,

West 46th Street & 12th Avenue,

New York, NY 10036


Check back for further details on upcoming events!




pbs newshour

A play that speaks to Ferguson’s tragedy and lets the audience speak back.

92nd street y

Paul Giamatti, David Strathairn, and Bryan Doerries present The Redemptive Power of Ancient Stories


Theater of War actors Adam Driver, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Marvel and Bill Camp perform selections from Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes.

The greene space wnyc

This presentation of Theater of War, featuring performances by Reg E. Cathey, Frances McDormand, David Strathairn and Kathryn Erbe, was the first in a series of city-wide events developed by Brooklyn-based writer and director Bryan Doerries as part of his work as Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) for the City of New York, a joint appointment with the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services and Department of Cultural Affairs.

The greene space wnyc

Watch our discussion with service members and veterans of all ranks that followed our performance of "Theater of War" - dramatic readings of Sophocles' ancient Greek war plays Ajax and Philoctetes featuring Reg E. Cathey, Frances McDormand, David Strathairn and Kathryn Erbe.

Book of Job, Joplin MO

On the one-year anniversary of a tornado that devastated Joplin, MO, Paul Giamatti, Arliss Howard, and David Strathairn performed the Book of Job to spark community healing.


bk live, bric tv: theater of war brings the passion of battle to the stage

What could today's soldiers have in common with the men who fought in the wars of ancient Greece? That was the question Bryan Doerries a Public Artist in Residence posed when he put actors at a table, reading words written in the fifth century BCE, and asked veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to give it a chance. We're also joined by László Jakab Orsós, Vice President of Arts & Culture at Brooklyn Public Library, one of the partners in this city-wide project.

chautauqua institute

Bryan Doerries Uses Ancient Greek Tragedies as Outlet for Veteran Grief


Bryan Doerries' Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States and Europe. By bringing these timeless plays to military 

the aspen institute

Bryan Doerries gives a talk on Theater of War: PTSD & Sophocles at the Aspen Institute



Press inquiries, Please contact:

May Wijaya

Resnicow and Associates 

For more information, please download the press release here




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Theater of War Productions' programs in New York,

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