Travis Russ is a director, writer, dramaturg and Artistic Director of Life Jacket Theatre Company. Known primarily for developing new work, Travis has helmed multiple world premieres including GOREY: THE SECRET LIVES OF EDWARD GOREY (Critic's Picks - The New York Times & Times Out New York; Drama Desk Nomination, seven New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominations; two Henry Hewes Design Award Nominations) at HERE Arts Center and its subsequent Off-Broadway transfer at the Sheen Center (co-production) as well as AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE (Top 10 Plays - New, Now, Next) at HERE Arts Center. Travis was nominated for three 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Awards and was a 2017 Director in Residence at the Drama League. He has been awarded grants by NYC's Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Alliance of Resident Theaters of New York. Travis is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Fordham University and is the lead author of the forthcoming book, FROM NOTHING TO SOMETHING: THIRTY INTERVIEWS WITH LEADERS OF AMERICAN START-UP THEATRE COMPANIES.  He holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.