Travis Russ is a director, writer, dramaturg, and the Artistic Director of Life Jacket. Travis has helmed multiple world premieres including GOREY: THE SECRET LIVES OF EDWARD GOREY (Critics’ Picks - The New York Times & Time Out New York; Drama Desk Nomination, seven NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominations; two Henry Hewes Design Award Nominations) at HERE Arts Center and Sheen Center; as well as AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE (Critics’ Picks - The List, Voice Magazine, Fest Magazine; “Top 10 Plays of the Year” - New, Now, Next) during two sold-out runs at HERE Arts Center and the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Russ was nominated for three 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Awards and was a 2017 Director in Residence at the Drama League. He has received grants from NYC's Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Alliance of Resident Theaters of New York. He has developed work at SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Drama League, the Tank, Make Room on Governors Island, One Company, and IRT. Russ is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Graduate Studies at Fordham University and 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.