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YouStories is a national program aimed at members of the Veteran community and the public that uses ancient stories about war to inspire new stories. YouStories includes a story capturing app and public events, performances, talks and readings.


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Peter Meineck
Peter Meineck
Aquila Theatre

Peter Meineck PhD (Founder and Program Director) founded Aquila Theatre in 1991 and has worked extensively in Theatre in London and New York. He is an associate professor of Classics at New York University where he specializes in ancient performance and the application of the cognitive sciences to the study of the ancient world. He is also Honorary Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham and has held fellowships at Harvard, Princeton, the University of California and the Onassis Foundation. He received his PhD in Greek Literature from the University of Nottingham and his BA (Hons) from University College London.  Peter has published numerous translations of Greek plays with Hackett and has published widely on ancient drama. He has produced and/or directed more than 50 professional productions of classic drama and directed the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives and Page and Stage public programs.  He is also a firefighter with the Bedford NY Fire Department and a New York State EMT. 

Desiree Sanchez
Desiree Sanchez
Aquila Theatre

Desiree directed A Female Philoctetes at BAM Fisher’s Hillman Studio in April, 2014 and Aquila 's Herakles at BAM Fisher in March, 2012 which was also performed at the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece and at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens in July, 2012. She has also directed Aquila's touring productions of Tempest, Wuthering Heights, Twelfth Night, Fahrenheit 451, Taming of the Shrew, Cyrano de Bergerac, Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest and Six Characters in Search of an Author. She also created movement for Aquila’s A Very Naughty Greek Play (Aristophanes’ Wasps), Catch-22, Julius Caesar, The Iliad: Book One and Comedy of Errors. She performed in The Iliad: Book One at The Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece and was the lead teaching artist for Aquila’s Shakespeare Leaders program in Harlem. Desiree had a twenty-year dancing career including working as a principal dancer for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. She has also taught at Long Island University, as a visiting associate professor of dance, Elliot Feld’s Ballet Tech and has a Certificate of Movement Therapy from The New School.

Erika Pierce
Erika Pierce
Arts Administrator, Aquila Theatre

Erika Pierce (Arts Administrator) began working with Aquila in 2013 and has worked on the 2013-14 productions of "Twelfth Night" and "Fahrenheit 451", as well as the 2014 production of "A Female Philoctetes".  She has a Bachelor's from Barnard College with a specialty in Medieval Literature, and has a Masters in Teaching, specializing in English Language and Literature, from Manhattanville College.  She additionally has a background in the arts, publishing and in financial administration.

Genevieve de Botton
Genevieve de Botton
Office Adminstrator, Aquila Theatre

Genevieve de Botton (Office Administrator) joined Aquila in 2013 and has worked on the 2013-14 productions of "Twelfth Night" and "Fahrenheit 451", as well as the 2014 production of "A Female Philoctetes".  She studied Fine Arts at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a specialty in Photography and Art History.  She has a background in literature and publishing.

Lawrence Tritle
Lawrence A. Tritle
Loyola Marymount University

Lawrence Tritle has been teaching at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) since 1978. As historian of ancient Greece and combat veteran of the Vietnam War, his research and writing (From Melos to My Lai. War and Survival [2000] and A New History of the Peloponnesian War [2010]), focus on the field of comparative war and violence. His interests here examine the experience of war from a human perspective, investigating how war affects not only the individuals who fight, but also the wider impact of violence on culture and society. Recent publications include: A New History of the Peloponnesian War. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Alexander the Great: A New History.Ed. by W. Heckle and L. Tritle. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. From Melos to My Lai. War and Survival.London and New York: Routledge, 2000. And now in preparation: The Oxford Handbook to Warfare in the Ancient World. Ed. by B. Campbell and L. Tritle. New York: Oxford University Press.

Corinne Pache
Corinne A. Pache
Trinity University

Corinne Pache’s interests include Greek archaic poetry, Greek religion and myth, and the modern reception of ancient poetry. She received her B.A. from Hunter College and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Corinne Pache teaches at Trinity University, and is currently working on a new book project, Odysseys: Nostos and Nostalgia from Homer to Volver, on the reception of Homer’sOdyssey in modern literature and film. Recent publications include “A Moment’s Ornament:” The Poetics of Nympholepsy in Ancient Greece (Oxford University Press 2010); “Almodóvar’s Female Odyssey,” Classical Outlook 87 (2010): 77-79; and “The Death of the Hero,” in Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece (Walters Art Museum 2009).

William H. Race
William Race
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

William H. Race is the George L. Paddison Professor of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his B.A. at the University of Michigan, after which he enlisted in the army, attended Artillery Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, and served in Vietnam 1966-67 as firing battery executive officer and battalion fire direction officer. After completing his service, he earned his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford and taught at UC Berkeley and Vanderbilt before going to UNC.

He is the author of books on the Greek lyric poet Pindar, the epic poet Apollonius Rhodius, and the Classical Poetic Tradition. He has written numerous articles on Homer, Sappho, Pindar, Sophocles, and Horace. The present article is based on “Phaeacian Therapy in Homer’s Odyssey,” forthcoming in Combat Trauma and the Ancient Greeks, edited by P. Meineck and D. Konstan and published by Palgrave.

Paul Woodruff
Paul Woodruff
University of Texas at Austin

Paul Woodruff is the Darrell K Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society at the University of Texas at Austin.  He joined the university faculty in 1973 and has been chair of the Department of Philosophy. Specializing in ancient Greek philosophy, Woodruff has written a number of definitive translations of works by Plato, Sophocles and others. In addition, he has authored books that interpret classical philosophy for political, business or personal situations in contemporary lives. He won the 1986 Harry Ransom Teaching Award and was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 1997. He holds degrees from Princeton and Oxford. Recent books include: The Ajax Dilemma, First Democracy and Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue. Professor Woodruff served as an officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War