Aaron Landsman makes live performances involving people, space, time and language. Based in New York City, his projects range from monologues and stage plays to participatory and conceptual works presented in places where people perform their lives: offices, homes, meeting rooms and buses. Recent works include: Empathy School, a performance created with filmmaker and composer Brent Green, commissioned by EMPAC and presented on a night bus ride through a country road; Appointment, a suite of works for a single viewer and a single performer in offices; City Council Meeting, a participatory, community-engaged work presented in five US cities, funded by NEFA’s National Theater Pilot, NPN, MAP and Jerome; and Running Away From The One With The Knife, a new play about suicide and religious faith commissioned by NYSCA and presented at The Chocolate Factory. His earlier work was commissioned and produced by The Foundry Theater and PS 122 in New York, and DiverseWorks and Project Row Houses in Houston. Aaron’s regular collaborators include director Mallory Catlett and designer Jim Findlay. Aaron recently finished a 2014-2016 Princeton Arts Fellowship, a three-year residency at ASU Gammage in Tempe, and a residency at Abrons Arts Center. Upcoming work includes Perfect City, a collaboration with Lower East Side young adults commissioned by Crossing The Line, and the multimedia work SQUARES, with photographer Paul Shambroom. He performed from 2004-2015 with Elevator Repair Service and has appeared in the work of many artists, including Richard Maxwell, Tory Vazquez, Andrea Kleine and Julia Jarcho.
Empathy School. Premiere of a new work at EMPAC, a collaboration with visual artist/filmmaker Brent Green in Troy, NY. October 4, 2014
Perfect City: Republic Of New York. Panel discussion in New York, part of the Crossing The Line Festival. October 6, 2014
City Council Meeting: Keene, NH. Performance and various other activities. October 29, 2014
Running Away From The One With The Knife. Premiere of new play at The Chocolate Factory Theater, Long Island City, NY. March 9-28, 2015
Love Story. Monologue with video, a collaboration with Janet Wong at ASU Gammage, Tempe, AZ. March 21, 2015 (Open rehearsals in November 2014 at Princeton)
Empathy School and Love Story: NYC premiere. At Abrons Playhouse, New York, New York. April 20-30, 2016
NYT Critics’ Pick. Review: ‘Empathy School & Love Story’ Plumbs the Varieties of Loneliness
Time Out New York. Review: Empathy School/Love Story
What Do You Avoid? Where Do You Belong? in the Architectural League’s Urban Omnibus, July 5, 2017.