Veteran and Civilian Public Programming

Aquila is known for its innovative public humanities programming, beginning with its Page and Stage Program ( in 2009, which then developed into the National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman's Special Award winning program, Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives (AGML) ( These national public programs placed live theatrical events, reading groups and lectures in often underserved cultural institutions, with a special emphasis on the veteran community and their families. The You/Stories program, which ran through the fall of 2015, built on the work of AGML while incorporating a mobile application (  The app anchors the in-person and online programmatic element and encourages people to engage with program content and create and submit their own stories. The premier of Aquila's A Female Philoctetes, presented at New York City's Brooklyn Academy of Music Fisher's Hillman Studio in April of 2014, was part of the You/Stories program and was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" ( National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman, William "Bro" Adams, can be heard discussing Aquila's work in his interview on "The Diane Rehm Show" ( Warrior Chorus, Aquila's newly announced program received a generous $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and provides a new model for veteran engagement in public programming.  Warrior Chorus is currently training 100 veterans in three regional centers to present scholar-led public programming based on classical literature. Programming performed by veterans focusses on critical social issues including war, conflict, comradeship, home and family and includes veteran-led readings, discussions and the innovative use of New Media. Events will occur at 15 locations and will run through April of 2017.

Warrior Chorus

Warrior Chorus is an award winning national initiative that trains veterans to present innovative public programs based on ancient literature.  Programming conceived and performed by veterans will focus on critical social issues including war, conflict, comradeship, home, and family and will include veteran-led readings, discussions and the innovative use of New Media. Training has occurred in New York City, Los Angeles and Texas. 

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I liked that the experiences were filtered through classical literature. This distance allows both performers and audience members to use their imaginations in an empathetic way, rather than merely evoking sympathy. . . Classical literature places the emphasis back on character and story, and helps reject the laziness of labels. The abstract nature of myth also allows individuals to flesh out their owns experiences with some combination of memory and imagination.
— US Army Sergeant & Warrior Chorus Participant


Ancient and MOdern Narratives of War

You|Stories was a national program aimed at members of the veteran community and the public that uses ancient stories about war to inspire new stories. You|Stories included a story capturing app and public events, performances, talks and readings. 

To learn more about You|Stories, access program videos and materials, or share your story visit