In March 2017, Artistic Director Bryan Doerries was appointed as a NYC Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) with the Department of Veterans Services and the Department of Cultural Affairs, an initiative that enhances civic services through artistic practice. Over the course of the residency, Theater of War Productions has staged over 70 free performances across all five boroughs, engaging audiences in diverse venues, from City Hall to Lincoln Center to Rikers Island, as well as community centers, public libraries, homeless shelters, public housing developments, high schools and domestic violence shelters.
Through partnerships with City agencies and community organizations—including the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) and the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety— the residency has served as an incubator for the development of new projects. With the collaboration of the Department of Veterans Services, Theater of War Productions has broadened its work with military and civilian communities and premiered programs focused on veterans’ affairs, police and community relations, racial injustice, gun violence, mental health, domestic violence, neighborhood violence, and drug abuse.
This residency is exclusively supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, whose generous support has made it possible for audiences to experience this critical work, free of charge, across all five boroughs.