Smithsonian Magazine Profiles the Impact of SNF Grantee, Theater of War, and Its Founder, Bryan Doerries
03 November 2017

In November 2017, the Smithsonian Magazine published an article, “The Healing Power of Greek Tragedy”. The article examines the work of Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s (SNF) grantee, Theater of War, and the group’s founder, Bryan Doerries.

Theater of War uses ancient Greek plays to facilitate town hall discussions about the social challenges of today’s society, particularly those faced by veterans, the families, caregivers and communities. 

The author states: “What the programs do in every case is crack you open…What did Sophocles know that we don’t? That drama, live theater, can be a machine for creating empathy and community…To say that the effect is cathartic or therapeutic is to understate things by an order of magnitude…The effect is that of being split down the middle, not at the weakest parts of yourself, but at the strongest. Things pour out, and things pour in. It is a machine for healing, for making empathy.”

The SNF first supported Theater of War in 2009. In early 2017, the SNF provided exclusive support for Bryan Doerries, Founder of Theater of War, to serve as a Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) of New York City, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans’ Services and Cultural Affairs. Furthermore, the SNF supported a performance of Antigone by Theater of War, as part of the 2017 Summer Nostos Festival taking place at the SNFCC.

The full article is available on the Smithsonian Magazine’s website, here.