Bryan Doerries, Theater of War Director Named New York City Artist in Residence

By Tim Cheng | March 3 2017 | Humanities & Social Sciences

The New York City Department of Veterans’ Services and Department of Cultural Affairs named Bryan Doerries, Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions, as their Public Artist in Residence (PAIR).

Doerries was selected for his work as founder of Theater of War Productions, which presents programs that address the enduring impact of war as well as broader community issues such as: domestic violence, addiction, and sexual assault. Doerries has written eloquently about his experiences and the project in his book The Theater of War. His translations of Greek tragedies which he uses in his productions are also collected in All That You’ve Seen Here Is God.

 “Theater of War’s singular approach to addressing social issues through performance will bring classical Greek plays to life for a modern, diverse audience of communities,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The two-year residency will combine theater and public forums that engage veterans and civilians in community-specific performances to foster health and healing through open discussion. The free events will take place in over 60 venues across all five boroughs.

 Further details on the residency and announcements of upcoming events will be found at:

The Theater of War
What Ancient Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
This is the personal and deeply passionate story of a life devoted to reclaiming the timeless power of an ancient artistic tradition to comfort the afflicted. For years, theater director Bryan Doerries has led an innovative public health project that produces ancient tragedies for current and returned soldiers, addicts, tornado and hurricane survivors, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society. 
$17.00 US
Aug 23, 2016
304 Pages

All That You've Seen Here Is God
New Versions of Four Greek Tragedies Sophocles' Ajax, Philoctetes, Women of Trachis; Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound
These contemporary translations of four Greek tragedies speak across time and connect readers and audiences with universal themes of war, trauma, suffering, and betrayal. Under the direction of Bryan Doerries, they have been performed for tens of thousands of combat veterans, as well as prison and medical personnel around the world. Striking for their immediacy and emotional impact, Doerries brings to life these ancient plays, like no other translations have before.
$17.00 US
Sep 01, 2015
480 Pages