Aaron Landsman is a theater artist, performer and teacher. His work includes site-specific productions in the kinds of places where people perform their lives: homes, offices, buses and meeting rooms, as well as more traditionally staged works. Landsman is a 2017-18 Guggenheim Fellow in Theater, a former Arts Fellow and current Visiting Lecturer at Princeton, and the 2013-15 Gammage resident artist at ASU Gammage. His recent projects have been presented in New York at Abrons Art Center, The Chocolate Factory Theater, EMPAC, and HERE Art Center. From 2012-14 his participatory theater work City Council Meeting, created with Mallory Catlett and Jim Findlay, was presented in Houston, Tempe, New York, San Francisco and Keene, NH, with funds from NPN, NEFA’s National Theater Project, MAP, Jerome and LMCC. He is currently in year two of a 20-year art and activism project about gentrification called Perfect City, which is being funded by LMCC, the Rubin Foundation, Graham Foundation, Abrons Arts Center, and 200+ Kickstarter donors. He’s making a new theatrical work with a group of Serbian collaborators, called Language Reversal, about translation and oligarchy, to be presented at La MaMa and co-commissioned by ASU Gammage. He has also taught at Juilliard, NYU, and Bard, and guest lectured at many schools. He co-created and continues to teach professional development workshops through the Creative Capital Foundation. Prior to that he was the first-ever Development Director at The Field, and grants manager for Elevator Repair Service Theater, with whom he performed as a company member from 2003-2015. As an actor, Aaron also appeared with Richard Maxwell, Tory Vazquez, Julia Jarcho and Andea Kleine. His writing is published or forthcoming in Theater, The Village Voice, Painted Bride Quarterly and other journals.
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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.