LIFE JACKET isan 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, outcasts, and castaways. We build our shows using heavy doses of intensive research including in-depth interviews and archival documents.
Our in-depth investigative productions unpack the lives of “hidden” populations, provoke meaningful conversations across the fourth wall, and disrupt audiences’ assumptions and expectations about undiscussable and controversial issues. We build in-depth relationships with the people and communities whose stories we tell. We experiment with bold new theatrical languages to produce visually inventive and lyrically rich works.
Since 2016, we have produced two world premieres, transferring one of our productions for an Off-Broadway commercial run. Our shows have been named as Critic's Picks by the New 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.