Aaron Landsman is a New York-based performance-maker, writer, teacher and organizer. He is a recent Guggenheim Fellow, ASU Gammage Residency Artist and Princeton Arts Fellow. His work is currently supported by a two-year Artist Employment Grant from Creatives Rebuild New York. Upcoming projects include Night Keeper, a new work commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater, Trouble Hunters, a performance created in collaboration with artists in Serbia, and tours of Follow, for which he wrote the libretto. He teaches and creates work at Princeton, and lives on New York’s Lower East Side.
Aaron’s live performance works have been presented in NYC by The Foundry Theatre, Abrons Arts Center, PS 122, The Chocolate Factory, and HERE, as well as in Houston, Phoenix, San Francisco, Boston and Minneapolis, and internationally in Norway, Serbia, Australia and the UK. From 2012-14 his participatory project City Council Meeting, created with Mallory Catlett and Jim Findlay, was presented in five US cities.
In 2016 he started Perfect City, a 20-year art and research collective looking at Gentrification and city planning, at Abrons Arts Center; Perfect City is currently funded by Creative Rebuild New York’s Artist Employment Program, the NEA and the Architectural League of New York’s Independent Artist Project Grant.
Aaron is a company member of the acclaimed ensemble Elevator Repair Service Theater, with whom he has performed Off-Broadway, on tour internationally and on London’s West End. His recent articles, stories and poems have been published in RiverTeeth, Evergreen Review, Theater and The Washington Post. He is a Lecturer at Princeton and has taught at and guest lectured widely, including NYU, Columbia, Yale, CUNY, ASU, UC Berkeley, Bard and Bennington.
Mallory Catlett is a an Obie award-winning creator and director of performance across disciplines from opera to installation. From 2011-2014 she developed and toured City Council Meeting to five different cities (Houston, Tempe, New York, San Francisco, Keene) which she co-created with Aaron Landsman and Jim Findlay.
She is a Co-Artistic Director of Mabou Mines and Artistic Director of Restless Productions NYC. In New York her work has premiered and performed at 3LD, HERE, Ontological-Hysteric, PS122, Abrons, Chocolate Factory, EMPAC, LaMama; featured at COIL, Prelude, Prototype and BAM’s Next Wave; developed at CultureHub, Barishnykov Arts, Pioneer Works, Watermill Center, McDowell, Performing Garage, HERE, Mabou Mines, LMCC, EMPAC and Yaddo; and toured internationally to Canada, France, UK, Ireland & Australia.
Mallory is a recipient of Edinburghs’ Herald Angel Award, a NYC Women’s Fund grant for Media, Music and Theatre, 3 MAP fund grants, a NEFA Grant, 3 NYSCA independent artists commissions, a 2016 Creative Capital Grant and a 2015 Foundation for the Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. She is an Associate Artist at CultureHub and a member of the Collapsable Hole an artist-run development and performance venue at the Westbeth Arts Center. She has written about her work in Canadian Theatre Review, Contemporary Spanish Plays, Theater, Performance Research and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art.