The New Social Environment#23

Bryan Doerries with Lucas Kane and Shadi Ghaheri

Featuring Doerries, Kane, and Ghaheri


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Writer and director Bryan Doerries with director and choreographer Shadi Ghaheri and theater maker Lucas Kane, discuss creative life in the context of our new social reality.

In this talk

Bryan Doerries

This is a headshot of Playwright and Director, Bryan Doerries.
Courtesy of Theater of War Productions
Writer, director, and translator Bryan Doerries currently serves as Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions. A self-described evangelist for ancient stories and their relevance to our lives today, Doerries uses age-old approaches to help individuals and communities heal from trauma and loss. Doerries’ books include The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today), The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan, and a collection of his translations of ancient Greek Tragedies entitled All That You’ve Seen Here is God. He has received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Kenyon College, and in 2017, he was named Public Artist in Residence for the City of New York.

Lucas Kane

Lucas Kane is a Brooklyn-based film and theater maker, whose work ranges from documentary to experimental film to community-based forum theater. He graduated with a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in 2015 before moving to Ecuador to complete a series of short documentary films on topics ranging from traditional weaving practices of the Cañaris to male sex work in Quito. After being deeply inspired by a vibrant tradition of street theater, he returned home to NY in 2018 to further develop his craft in theater, as well as film and photography, working and interning at institutions such as The Documentary Group and the Guggenheim Museum.

Shadi Ghaheri

Shadi Ghaheri is a theatre director, choreographer and writer from Tehran, Iran based in New York City. She has directed Lucretia (HERE), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Williams College), Shahr-e-Farang (Spectrum NYC), The Girl is Chained, Death of Yazdgerd, Titus Andronicus, and choreographed Passion (Yale School of Drama), The Slow Sound of Snow and a trio devised movement pieces with an all-female company (Yale Cabaret). Shadi was recognized as SDC Student Director Initiative Honorable Mention in the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Shadi was the directing fellow 2018-2019 at Rattlestick Playwright Theatre and the winner of Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase, Opera America 2019.

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