"Making documentary theatre takes great discipline and a touch of innovative genius… Life Jacket Theatre Company has proven itself to be a strong new practitioner in this genre."
We are an award-winning theatre company established in 2015 by Artistic Director, Travis Russ. We create smart, original, and unpredictable productions based on real people who live on the margins — the outsiders and outcasts.
We are obsessed with in-depth, rigorous research. We value moral and civic provocation. We are fascinated by real people living on the margins — the outsiders and outcasts. We cultivate in-depth relationships with the people whose stories we tell. We place a high value on aesthetic innovation, experimenting with bold new theatrical languages to produce visually inventive and lyrically rich works
Since 2016, we have produced two world premieres, transferring one of those productions for an Off-Broadway commercial run. Our shows have been named as Critic's Picks by TheNew York Times and Time Out New York. We have been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, seven New York Innovative Theatre Awards, and two Henry Hewes Design Awards.