Aaron Landsman is a theater artist 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 an Abrons Arts Center Social Practice Artist-in-Residence, 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 three 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 pair of performance works with The Chocolate Factory, as well as a multi-media encounter about translation and oligarchy, in collaboration with Clarinda Mac Low and Lewis Center alum Ogemdi Udi, along with artists and activists in Serbia and Nigeria. In addition to Princeton, Aaron has 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. As a performer, Aaron worked for ten years with Elevator Repair Service Theater, with whom he performed at The Public, New York Theater Workshop, and on tour in the US, Europe, UK and Australia. He also appeared with Richard Maxwell, Tory Vazquez, Julia Jarcho and Andea Kleine. His writing is published or forthcoming in Theater, Ghost City Review, Hobart, Painted Bride Quarterly and other journals.
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NEWS + PERFORMANCES
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.
“The arts take center stage in the entrepreneurial spotlight” | At www.princeton.edu, Nov. 2, 2018
Gatz at McCarter Theatre Center, Feb. 15-17, 2019
Creative Residency at The Chocolate Factory Theater, January 27-February 16, 2020