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Crowd at Hercules in Red Hook photo by Gregg Richards

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.

Public Artist in Residence NYC Highlights

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Audience member at Antigone in Ferguson

Howard Playground, Brownsville, Brooklyn / 2017

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Brigadier General (Ret.) Loree Sutton, MD, founding Commissioner for New York City's Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) in the crowd of Antigone in Ferguson

Howard Playground, Brownsville, Brooklyn / 2017

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The Drum Major Instinct

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership Plaza / 2018

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Lita Taylor sings in The Drum Major Instinct

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership Plaza / 2018

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Brooklyn United Drumline opens for The Drum Major Instinct

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership Plaza / 2018

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Damien Scott of the Red Hook Community Justice Center speaks in the discussion at Hercules in Red Hook

450 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn / 2018

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Audience member speaks in the discussion at Hercules in Red Hook

450 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn / 2018

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Audience member speaks during the discussion at Hercules in Red Hook

450 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn / 2018

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Audience members at Hercules in Red Hook

450 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn / 2018

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Free ice cream at Hercules in Red Hook

450 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn / 2018

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Hercules in Red Hook

450 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn / 2018

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Theater of War: Ajax Crown Heights

Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights Branch / 2017

At this performance of Theater of War, the audience was composed of Cure Violence mediators from our partners at Neighbors in Action, Save our Streets, Crown Heights Mediation Center and veterans from across all five boroughs.

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Haley Nolasco and David Gaskin co-facilitate Theater of War Crown Heights

Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights Branch / 2017

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Audience members speak at Theater of War Crown Heights

Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights Branch / 2017

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Craig Manbauman serves as a panelist at Theater of War Crown Heights

Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights Branch / 2017

Theater of War Productions Public Artist in Residence performance for an audience of Crown Heights Save Our Streets violence mediators and Veterans. photo by Gregg Richards

New York TImes Announcement

"The city’s Department of Veterans Services and Department of Cultural Affairs has announced that Mr. Doerries is its newest public artist in residence. During his tenure, Theater of War will stage more than 60 free events in venues in all five boroughs, drawing on its repertory while developing new productions tailored to different communities."

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