Above Photo: A Female Philoctetes. Photo by Richard Termine.

OUR Warrior Chorus

Aquila's applied theatre program, Our Warrior Chorus, uses ancient literature to build dialogue regarding the veteran experience, war and service.  Our Warrior Chorus creates and shares art that includes modern stories anchored by the shared experience of classical works. Our Warrior Chorus encompasses a variety of programs, including the NEH-funded Warrior Chorus program and the NEH-funded Between Athens and Afghanistan: Ancient and Modern Expressions of War program. OurWarrior Chorus is a direct outgrowth of these programs and includes stories contributed by and performances from members of Our Warrior Chorus. Our Trojan War will debut in Austin, Texas and will be touring America this spring, with additional performances in at The Fishman Space - BAM Fisher.


The Aquila Theatre Company is proud to announce a two year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities of $350,000 for its Warrior Chorus program. Warrior Chorus is a national initiative that trains veterans to present innovative public programs based on ancient literature.  Programming 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. Events will occur at 15 locations and will run through April of 2017. Warrior Chorus will build upon Aquila’s extensive experience in implementing award-winning humanities based programming and provide a new model for veteran engagement in public programming.

For more information, please visit us at www.warriorchorus.org.

Between Athens and Afghanistan: Ancient and Modern Expressions of war

Aquila's Between Athens and Afghanistan program builds on the Warrior Chorus program. Veterans are exploring ancient texts, then leading several group discussions in New York City.  This program is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and runs through April 2017.

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

We are grateful for the generous support from the following partners.