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 - New York Times & Times Out New York; Drama Desk Nomination, seven New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominations; two Henry Hewes Design Award Nominations) for HERE Arts Center and its subsequent Off-Broadway transfer at the Sheen Center (co-production) as well as AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE (with Priscilla Holbrook) for HERE Arts Center. Travis was nominated for three 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Awards and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Drama League. He has been awarded grants by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and Alliance of Resident Theaters of New York. Travis is the Associate Dean as well as a tenured Associate Professor 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. in Communication Studies from Rutgers University.