On Wednesday, March 1st, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center was invited to participate in the announcement of the city’s newest Public Artist in Residence (PAIR), Bryan Doerries. The NYC Department of Veteran’s Services and Department of Cultural Affairs has named Doerries as the City’s newest PAIR in hopes of enhancing the City’s services through performing arts and to help integrate veterans into a civilian life. Doerries is the Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions.

Theater of War Productions aims to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder issues, inform people about available resources, and increase communities’ capacity to recover from the difficulties that they’ve experienced. They plan to achieve this by performing readings from Greek drama to military and civilian communities throughout the City and ultimately around the world. Theater of War Productions will be performing in more than 60 venues throughout the City’s five boroughs over the next two years. This city-wide project was made possible thanks to the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Hailey Nolasco, project planner of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Anti-Violence Project – a program of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center – had the opportunity to perform a reading from Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes alongside actors Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Reg E. Cathey, Kathryn Erbe, Zach Grenier, Anthony Edwards, Mare Winnigham; city officials Borough President Adams, Deputy Mayor Ricahrd Burees, Comissioner Finkelpearl and community partners. Check out the pictures from the event below: