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


the drum major instinct

april 30, 2017

BRIC House Ballroom

1:00 pm

647 Fulton Street

(Enter on Rockwell Place)

Brooklyn, NY 11217


APRIL 17, 2017


7PM - 9PM

The Post Theatre

Building T4

Fort Tilden/Rockaway, NY 11697



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


MAY 6, 2017


7PM - 9PM

571 Walton Avenue,

Bronx, NY 10451





Theater of war

July 13 2017

Borden Avenue Veterans Residence

7:00pm - 9:00pm

21-10 Borden Avenue

Long Island City, NY 11101

Theater of war

JUNE 7 2017



Fort Wadsworth

Staten Island, NY 10305

tape:consent and sexual assault

July 13 2017

The Beacon school


522 West 44th Street

New York, NY 10036


Antigone in Ferguson

July 15 2017

howard playground, brownsville brooklyn

7:00pm - 8:45pm

60 Glenmore Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11212

Hercules in Queens

july 20 2017

macedonia baptist church


330 Beach 67th Street

Arvern, NY 11692

Theater of war

August 30 2017

Tillary Street Women's Shelter


200 Tillary Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201


Check back for further details on upcoming events!


Video u.s veterans use greek tragedy to tell us about war

U.S. veterans read the words of the Greek hero Ajax and his wife, Tecmessa, as he contemplates suicide.

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. u.s veterans use greek tragedy to tell us about war

U.S. veterans read the words of the Greek warrior Philoctetes after he is wounded and abandoned by his comrades.

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.


Antigone in Ferguson performed at the stavros niarchos foundation cultural center 

Antigone in Ferguson, our police-community relations project unites disparate voices in song to address the ancient relationship between legal rule and personal conviction. We journeyed with our Choir--The Phil Woodmore Singers, composed of Police Officers, Activists, and community members from St. Louis, MO, where we piloted in Normandy High School--to Athens, Greece.

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



The Clyde Fitch Report

"Gender on Battlefields Ancient and Modern: Theater of War"

By Martha Garvey


"Antigone in Ferguson: Dramatizing the Divide between Law Enforcement and Community"

by Jonathan Mandell

HowlRound Theatre History Podcast

"#41: Bryan Doerries and Theater of War Productions Use Classical Drama to Address Today’s Problems"

ByMichael Lueger

Rockaway Wave

"Theater of War Drives Discussion About Violence" 

by Joanie Wolkoff

"U.S. Veterans Use Greek Tragedy To Tell Us About War"

by Bruce Headlam

Staten Island Advance

"'Good Wife', 'Fight Club' Actor Performs Wednesday At Fort Wadsworth"

"Vets Talk PTSD As 'Fight Club' Actor Goes To War For Staten Island"

by Victoria Priola

Stage Directions

"The Theater of War Reading on The Intrepid Sea, Air, And Space Museum"

by Howard Sherman


"A Timely Performance of MLK’s Final Sermon Takes Viewers to Church"

by Seph Rodney

Huffington Post Black Voices

"Samira Wiley Reenacts MLK Speech, Defends Art As A Form Of Resistance" 

by Zahara Hill

Broadway World

"Theater of War to Address Racial Injustice, Gun Violence, Mental Health and More with Over 65 Events Worldwide"

by BWW News Desk

New Yorker Radio Hour

"What the Ancient Greeks Can Teach Us About the Realities of War"

by Robin Wright

Broadway World

"Samira Wiley, Jumaane Williams and More to Perform MLK Speech for Theater of War"

by BWW News Desk

BK Live

"Theater of War Brings the Passion of Battle to the Stage"


The New York Times

"Theater of War Director Named New York City Artist in Residence"

by Jennifer Schuessler

Time Out

"Let The Ancient Greeks Help You Process Modern War - In Brooklyn"

by Time Out New York Editors

AM New York

"A Reading of 'Ajax' Wants to Use Greek Tragedy to Stop Gun Violence"

by Mark Chiusano

Brooklyn Paper

"War of Words: Greek Tragedy and Talk in Crown Heights"

by Julianne Cuba

Riding The Wave

"Theater of War: Bryan Doerries"

"Theater of War: Reg E. Cathey"

"Theater of War: Alex Morf"

by Mark Healy

The Wall Street Journal

"Bryan Doerries Named New York's Artist-In-Residence"

by Charles Passy

American Theatre

"Bryan Doerries Named NYC Public Artist in Residence"

by American Theatre Editors

Broadway World

"Theater of War's Bryan Doerries Named NYC's New Public Artist in Residence"

by BWW News Desk

The New Yorker
“The Theater of War: Sophocles’ Message for American Veterans”
by Robin Wright

The New York Times
“In Brooklyn, Hercules’ Battles Inspire Talk on Gun Violence”
by Jennifer Schuessler

Harper’s Magazine
“You Are Not Alone Across Time: Using Sophocles to Treat PTSD”
by Wyatt Mason

The Guardian
“Sophocles and Awe: the director hitting war vets with Greek tragedy”
by Sukhdev Sandu

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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