HST 018 Theater of War with Bryan Doerries


Bryan Doerries is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, and translator, who currently serves as Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions. A self-described evangelist for classical literature and its relevance to our lives today, Doerries uses age-old approaches to help individuals and communities heal from trauma and loss.

Doerries is a proud graduate of Kenyon College and serves as a board member of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Friends of the Young Writers Workshop. Among his awards, Doerries has received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Kenyon College, and in March 2017, he was named 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. During this two-year residency, he will bring more than 60 Theater of War Productions projects to diverse communities across all five boroughs.


  • How Bryan took his own personal experiences and education in ancient literature and developed a program that helped service members and veterans to come to terms with what they’ve experienced
  • The development of the Theater of War project, including personal stories about the impact it has had on individual service members
  • The need for those who have never served to reach out and understand those who have served, and the need for those who have served to be willing to help others to understand
  • “Bridging the gap” in understanding between those who have served and those who have not
  • How Theater of War is like “speaking truth to power,” both literally in the sense that it brings the discussion of veteran mental health to those who had not previously considered it, but also speaking truth to the power of stigma against veteran mental health


The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today

All That You’ve Seen Here is God

The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan

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