Travis Russ is the award winning writer, director, and founding Artistic Director of Life Jacket Theatre Company. His recent Off-Broadway play (writer, director, scenic designer) GOREY: THE SECRET LIVES OF EDWARD GOREY, was a Critic's Pick by the New York Times and Time Out New York and was nominated for a 2017 Drama Desk Award and seven 2016 New York Innovative Theater Awards including Outstanding Director, Outstanding Production of a Play, and Outstanding Set Design.
Currently, Travis is developing AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE, a play based on verbatim interviews with original music by Priscilla Holbrook, the lead singer of Susan Jane. He is the director of THE STORYTELLING PROJECT, an initiative that teaches participants how to tell unvarnished, true stories on stage (winner of Fordham's 2016 Innovative Teaching Award). Travis is a former member of the Civilians' Field Research Team where contributed material for THE WAY THEY LIVE (Metropolitan Museum of Art, TEDx Talk).
He was a 2017 Resident Artist at the Drama League. He has developed work with Fordham University, Stony Brook University, One Company, The Tank, IRT, Sheen Center, and Make Room on Governor's Island. He is also a tenured Associate Professor at Fordham University where he teaches performance and communication. His doctoral degree is from Rutgers University. He is also the author of the upcoming book, FROM NOTHING TO SOMETHING: THIRTY INTERVIEWS WITH LEADERS OF AMERICAN START-UP THEATRE COMPANIES (2018).