Theater of War Productions works with leading film, theater, and television actors to present dramatic readings of seminal plays—from classical Greek tragedies to modern and contemporary works—followed by town hall-style discussions designed to confront social issues by drawing out raw and personal reactions to themes highlighted in the plays. The guided discussions underscore how the plays resonate with contemporary audiences and invite audience members to share their perspectives and experiences, and, helping to break down stigmas, foster empathy, compassion, and a deeper understanding of complex issues.
In an effort to reach communities directly, Theater of War Productions partners with a range of organizations and government agencies including the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, United Services Organization, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and Department of Veterans Services. Additionally, the company also works with universities, museums, theaters, veterans’ organizations and advocacy groups, homeless shelters, prisons, hospitals, mental health facilities, and activist groups. Notable artists who have performed with Theater of War Productions include Blythe Danner, Adam Driver, Jesse Eisenberg, Paul Giamatti, Jake Gyllenhaal, Alfred Molina, Frances McDormand, Samira Wiley, Jeffrey Wright, and others.
Theater of War Productions was co-founded in 2009 by Bryan Doerries and Phyllis Kaufman, who served as producing director from 2009 to 2016. Doerries currently serves as the company's artistic director.
Since its founding in 2009, Theater of War Productions has facilitated events for more than 100,000 people, presenting over 20 tailored programs targeted to diverse communities across the globe.
Topics we address
Rooted in discussions about the invisible and visible wounds of war, the company’s hallmark project is designed to increase awareness of psychological health issues, disseminate information on available resources, and foster greater community cohesion.
Theater of War Highlights
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford presents Theater of War to Joint Chiefs and Combatant Commanders
National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, DC / 2017
Zach Grenier, Glenn Davis, and Marjolaine Goldsmith are introduced by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford. See article.
Artistic Director; Public Artist in Residence, City of New YorkRead Bio
Artistic Director; Public Artist in Residence, City of New York
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.
During his tenure at Theater of War Productions, the company has presented diverse projects across the country and internationally. Theater of War Productions uses dramatic readings of seminal plays and community conversations to confront topics such as combat-related psychological injury, end-of-life care, police and community relations, prison reform, gun violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and substance abuse and addiction.
Doerries’ book, The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in September of 2015, along with a volume of his translations of ancient Greek tragedies, entitled All That You’ve Seen Here is God. His graphic novel, The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan, an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey as told by an infantry Marine to his squad, was published by Pantheon in April of 2016. Doerries lectures on his work at cultural venues throughout the world and, in recent years, has taught courses at Princeton University, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and the Bard Prison Initiative.
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.
Company ManagerRead Bio
Marjolaine Goldsmith is a native New Yorker. She is an alumna of Oberlin college, where she studied classical civilization. At Theater of War Productions, she unites all of the things she cares about in one job—acting, classics, and social justice—confirming her formless hunch that all three were inextricably linked. Marjolaine was brought on to Theater of War Productions as both an actor and Company Manager, and also serves as Producer of TAPE, the company’s sexual assault project. Marjolaine finds a wealth of purpose in her work and feels very fortunate to be a part of Theater of War Productions’ core team.
Audience CuratorRead Bio
Lisa is an ardent advocate for arts education and an award-winning writer for children, educators and parents. A proud alumna of Vassar College, where she studied Irish, English, American, French and Italian language and literature, Lisa emerged and continued to quench her curiosity as a journalist and author. During a decade at The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards she also managed a summer scholarship program for gifted students with financial need, and recently worked in Alumni Affairs at The Cooper Union. As Audience Curator, Lisa is inspired by the mission, performances and conversations made possible by Theater of War/PAIR and the power of theater to transform lives and communities.
Composer and ConductorRead Bio
Composer and Conductor
Saint Louis native, Phil Woodmore has been an active member of the St. Louis music community for many years. Phil received his bachelors from Saint Louis University in Business Marketing and Music Vocal Performance and then went on to receive his masters from Webster University in Music Education. He is currently in the final stages of his PhD in Music Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia and plans to research the male changing voice during his dissertation work. Phil taught choir one year at Ferguson and Berkley Middle Schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District and then went on to become the choir director at Crestview Middle School in the Rockwood School District where he has been teaching for ten years. Along with his work in Rockwood, Phil is the Coordinator of the Voice Program at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) where is the artist director of the Allegro Music Company, he is the director of the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Choir, director of the Northern Arizona University Gospel Choir, Artist in Residency for the State of Arizona for a two year term 2016-2018, minister of music at Trinity Community Church, vocal coach to many in the St. Louis and New York and was recently named the director of the Saint Louis Community Gospel Choir in partnership with the Forest Park Community College where he just received a position as adjunct professor. For more information on Phil Woodmore please visit www.pwoodmoremusic.com.
Music ConsultantRead Bio
Born and raised in Winterthur, Switzerland, Matthias "Teese" Gohl studied at Berklee College in Boston, MA. After extensive touring with and composing for local Jazz groups he turned to Theater Music and Sound Design. Credits include: The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, New York University, Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence, R.I., Theater For A New Audience in NY, and Broadway as Music Supervisor on Julie Taymor’s "Spiderman, Turn Off The Dark". Since he worked on his first film score in 1988, Teese has produced more than 100 Hollywood film scores including "Interview With A Vampire", "Michael Collins", "Heat", two "Batman" features, "Titus", "Across The Universe", "The Tempest", and the Oscar winning scores for Elliot Goldenthal’s "Frida" and John Corigliano’s "The Red Violin". He continues to produce film scores, most recently "Selma", "100 Foot Journey", and "Still Alice".
Facilitator and Audience CuratorRead Bio
Facilitator and Audience Curator
Dominic J. Dupont is a Native New Yorker born and raised in the neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. At the young age of nineteen Dominic was arrested, charged and ultimately convicted of murder. He was subsequently sentenced to a prison term of 25 years to life. In prison Dominic Learned the value of good programming and saw the benefits others were reaping from it. With this understanding and a goal of changing his perception and behavior Dominic immersed himself in a myriad of programs that helped him embrace the values of leadership, mentorship, empathy, compassion, and integrity. During his incarceration Dominic has held the titles of director, coordinator, facilitator, educator, and mentor.
After serving 20 years, 7 months, and 18 days in the New York State Prison system, Dominic was granted an executive clemency in December 2017, by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo based on Dominic’s leadership and positive impact with the prison system. Dominic was released on January 22, 2018, and immediately began implementing what he had learned during his incarceration to make himself an asset and resource to his community.
Since his release Dominic has shared his story, experiences, and analysis across multiple venues and to a variety of audiences, including Vice and HBO’s documentary titled “Raised in the System”. He continues to live the mantra, “A setback is a setup for a comeback,” and has continued to engage communities across the country to find ways to learn from his story.
In conjunction with his various accomplishments, Dominic also holds an Associates in Psychology from Ashworth College.
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She is a graduate of both Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis, and endeavors to positively impact all those with whom she interacts. As the owner of Sankofa Sex Therapy, LLC, she helps individuals and those in all types of relationships reach their goals.
She conducts workshops about sexuality and intimacy building and is an Executive Committee Member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network.