Aaron Landsman

Aaron Landsman

Playwright, actor and teacher

Monday, May 2, 2011
Community Engagement for Performers & Writers

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Fundraising & Strategic Planning for Artists of All Disciplines

Charlotte Street Foundation's La Esquina
1000 W. 25th Street
Kansas City, MO

$5 registration fee covers both events. Register Now


Community Engagement for Performers & Writers
Aaron Landsman will talk about his work as a theater maker, actor and advocate, and offer tools and practices for engaging communities in the development of new experimental performance. How do you bring in audience members outside your usual suspects? How do you draw in those who may not know until they get there how much they are going to love your work? What kinds of community partnerships – with both individuals and organizations – are ideal for making your adventurous performances accessible and rigorous? Aaron’s own productions including the site-specific play Open House, commissioned by The Foundry Theatre and presented in 24 New York City apartments, and the interactive work City Council Meeting, which he calls ‘performed participatory democracy.’ Aaron is also an actor with the acclaimed ensemble Elevator Repair Service Theater, whose eight-hour performance Gatz has won accolades Off-Broadway, in Europe, Asia and Australia. Also an advocate for freedom of expression in countries where that right is curtailed, Landsman has worked extensively with Free Theater Belarus, both as the first translator of their work into English and as a collaborator on their 2008 project Eurepica! He is a resident artist at HERE Art Center.

Fundraising & Strategic Planning for Artists of All Disciplines
An overview of some of the soundest ways to bring more resources to your work, place each project within the context of long-term goals, and ground your artistic production in a life that satisfies you. This workshop is open to artists in all disciplines, and asks you to consider how you might find new sources of support for your endeavors, avoid burnout by bringing more support to fewer projects, understand the real cost of making your work, so you can be sure and get it done at the level it demands. The workshop includes some basic principles that apply to any kind of fundraising, as well as some specifics for bringing in individual contributors, co-productions and other innovative strategies. In addition to his work as an artist, Landsman has fundraised successfully for theater companies, non-profit organizations and individuals. He is part of the team that developed the Creative Capital Professional Development Program’s Core Weekend Workshop.

About our Speaker
Aaron Landsman is a playwright, actor and teacher. His original site-specific performance works include: Appointment, an ongoing series of collaborative works created for one audience member, performed in working offices all over the world (so far Oslo, Chicago, Detroit, New York - upcoming in Austin and Berlin); Open House, commissioned by The Foundry Theatre in New York and presented in 24 New York City apartments, from a squat in Bushwick to a multimillionaire’s loft overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge; Love Story, an audio walk and gallery monologue presented at Austin’s FuseBox Festival; What You’ve Done, a co-production between Houston’s DiverseWorks Art Space and Project Row Houses; and Desk, performed in an abandoned midtown office.

His stage works, including Special Tonight, Running Away From The One With The Knife, Wreckage, How To Get By And Be Easily Understood, and Red White and Still, have been presented in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Diego and Minneapolis, and internationally in Sweden and Belarus. His work has been funded by The Jerome Foundation, The Bosssak-Heilbron Foundation, the Vogelstein Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, as well as by individual donors. He is a current artist in residence at HERE art center, and have recently been a member of the P73 writers' group, a finalist for the Yale Drama Series and an artist-in-residence at University Settlement.

Since 2004, he has performed regularly with Elevator Repair Service Theater, appearing in two acclaimed productions, Gatz and The Sound And The Fury, both of which continue to tour regionally and internationally. He has also appeared in the work of, among other artists, Julia Jarcho, Richard Maxwell, Tory Vazquez, Johanna S. Meyer, and Phil Soltanoff/Mad Dog. He has taught at NYU and The Juilliard School, and guest lectured widely on artistic process, collaboration, and professional development for artists.

His publication credits include Contemporary Theatre Review(UK), The Village Voice, Clackamas Literary Review, Hobart and Mudfish. He is currently developing several new projects including an immersive theater work called Waiting Room and a big huge experience called City Council Meeting.

Landsman is also a member of the Charlotte Street Foundation National Advisory Council.

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