Aaron Landsman

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MFA Fellow

Aaron Landsman makes live performances and other events, at the intersection of art and community organizing. His work has been presented extensively in New York, in several US cities, and internationally in Norway, Serbia, Morocco and the UK.


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. His recent projects have been presented in New York at Abrons Art Center, The Chocolate Factory Theater, 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. He is currently in year two of a 20-year art and activism project about gentrification called Perfect City, making a new theatrical work with a group of Serbian collaborators, called Language Reversal, about translation and oligarchy, and developing the Squares a theater piece derived from a series of found 1970s snapshots. Landsman is a former Arts Fellow and current Visiting Associate Professor at Princeton. His work has been funded by NPN, NEFA’s National Theater Project, MAP and Jerome, among others. He has performed in the work of many artists, including Tim Etchells, Tory Vazquez, Andrea Kleine and Elevator Repair service, where he was a company member from 2003-2015. Landsman also co-created and teaches the Creative Capital Professional Development Program’s core weekend and daylong workshops. He is a resident artist at Abrons Arts Center, a visiting instructor at Princeton and a 2017-2018 Guggenheim Fellow in Theater. Landsman received his MFA in Public Action in Spring 2020.