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Aaron Landsman

Theater-maker, questioner and teacher. 

Aaron Landsman’s 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 ASU Gammage resident artist. His recent projects have been presented in New York at Abrons Art Center, The Chocolate Factory Theater, EMPAC, and HERE. 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. Landsman is also making a new theatrical work with a group of Serbian collaborators, called Language Reversal, about translation and oligarchy, to be presented at La MaMa. In addition to Princeton, he has taught at Juilliard, NYU, Bennington and Bard, and guest lectured at many schools. Aaron has performed a lot with Elevator Repair Service, and 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.

City Council Meeting
Essay

City Council Meeting

Theater of Tiny Disjuncture

14 May 2012

Aaron Landsman on the purpose and process on the collaborative piece City Council Meeting. 

A man and a woman stand next to each other in front of an audience.
Asking Everyone To Act
Essay

Asking Everyone To Act

23 March 2011

Aaron Landsman's new project in development, City Council Meeting, is an attempt to democratically include audience participation in the narrative of a play.