Participants/ Aaron Landsman

Playwright in residence at Abrons Arts Center and Visiting Associate Professor and Belknap Humanities Fellow at Princeton University

Aaron Landsman's performances often starts with questions: how does technology affect the ways we remember? How do we perform power, and who gets to play which roles? Can the person who made you who you are, be the person who messed you up, be the person you forgive now?

Some of his work is co-authored with community members over long periods of time; some is developed through ongoing relationships with other artists; all of it honors collaboration as a driving force. Current individual and organizational partners include Mallory Catlett, Jim Findlay, Brent Green, and Paul Shambroom, Henry Street Settlement, GOLES and others.

Current projects include: Perfect City, created with urban planners and young people on the Lower East Side; a play in a theater about suicide and religious faith; a nighttime country bus ride, that includes a story about landscape and memory, projected video and original music; and a performance drawn from 583 anonymous cast-off photos at a single lab in the 1970s.

He collaborates regularly with Jim Findlay, and with director Mallory Catlett; from 2012-2014, the three presented the participatory performance City Council Meeting in five US cities. Aaron has been a Princeton Arts Fellow, and the 2014-2016 ASU Gammage Residency Artist. Landsman has performed with Elevator Repair Service in the work of many artists.