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New York City public artist in residence, Bryan Doerries addresses room of constituents during a performance of Theater of War at City Hall, Fleet Week 2018.

On March 1, 2017 the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services and Department of Cultural Affairs named Bryan Doerries, Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions, as the city’s newest Public Artist in Residence (PAIR).

Over two years, Theater of War Productions is bringing theater projects and community conversations that address critical public health and social issues to all five boroughs. All events are free and taking place in more than 60 venues across New York City. The project combines theater and public forums that engage both veterans and civilians in community-specific performances that foster health and healing through open discussion and exchange.

Theater of War Productions presents programs that address the enduring impact of war as well as broader community issues such as gun violence, mental health, addiction, prison reform, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Brooklyn Public Library is a co-producer of the residency as part of its commitment to being a resource and advocate for civic engagement, education, artistic expression, and a safe haven for public discourse.

This landmark city-wide project is made possible through a generous grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. For more information, please visit: