Bryan Doerries

Bryan Doerries, founder and artistic director of Theater of War, directs and moderates presentations of Theater of War. He is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, and translator. A self-described evangelist for classical literature and its relevance to our lives today, Mr. Doerries uses age-old approaches to help individuals and communities heal from trauma and loss. His Theater of War project presents readings of ancient Greek plays to initiate conversations about the wounds of war. He is also co-founder and artistic director of Outside the Wire, a social impact company that uses theater and other media to address pressing public health and social issues. In the last year, he has published three books: The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today (Knopf, 2015), All That You’ve Seen Here Is God (Vintage, 2015), a volume of his translations of Greek plays; and The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan (Pantheon, 2016), a graphic novel in which a Marine infantry sergeant tells his squad stories from Homer’s Odyssey. Mr. Doerries lectures on his work at cultural venues throughout the world and, in recent years, has taught courses at Princeton University, the Stella Adler School of Acting, and the Bard Prison Initiative. He is a proud board member of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Arts in the Armed Forces, and Friends of the Young Writers Workshop.