"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. Our mission is to create theatre from real events, with a particular emphasis on telling undertold stories about marginalized and underrepresented populations.
Our work has a strong emphasis on deep, research-driven text brought to life on stage with inventive theatrical artistry. In our work we are interested in telling complex, nuanced stories that engage audiences on multiple levels simultaneously – intellectually, emotionally, visually, and aurally.
We have been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, seven New York Innovative Theatre Awards, and two Henry Hewes Design Awards. Our work has been selected as Critics’ Picks from the New York Times and Time Out New York and listed among the Top 10 Plays of the Year by New, Now, Next.