Life Jacket Theatre Company

Life Jacket Theatre Company We tell undertold stories. Artistic Director: Travis Russ
Est. 2015 | New York City

We're thrilled to be among the organizations to have been awarded a grant from New York State Council on the Arts - part...
23/12/2023

We're thrilled to be among the organizations to have been awarded a grant from New York State Council on the Arts - part of their $80 MIL investment in NY's arts + culture community.

20/12/2023

We created THE STORYTELLING PROJECT to give young people in marginalized communities the opportunity to tell their true, undertold stories on stage.

Help us continue this important work by making a donation today: www.lifejackettheatre.org/donate

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18/12/2023

“Talking about gender euphoria and Trans+ joy in this play feels really vital because there’s a hunger for Q***r stories that aren’t purely trauma based.” – C. Quintana

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16/12/2023

“We need your help telling undertold stories – those that normally don’t get a place centerstage.” Travis Russ, Artistic Director

Donate: www.lifejackettheatre.org/donate

🎥 Jeremy Kotin

12/12/2023

“I am thrilled to have been awarded Life Jacket’s 2023-2024 commission for Trans+ playwrights. This $10,000 commission will support me as I create a new verbatim play based on in-depth interviews with Trans+ people living across America. I want to celebrate the good stuff: Trans+ victories, loves, exuberance, resilience, and quiet joys.” – C. Quintana

11/12/2023

“Making theatre in this way helps us keep our humanity. And we need to invest in that.”
Amy Michelle Gaither, Collaborative Artist

Help us continue our life-changing work.

Donate today: www.lifejackettheatre.org/donate

🎥 Jeremy Kotin

07/12/2023

“We need to hear undertold stories – now, more than ever – as ways to shift the culture and push for change.” Kristian Sorensen, Collaborative Artist

Help us continue amplifying undertold stories.

Donate today: www.lifejackettheatre.org/donate

🎥 Jeremy Kotin

04/12/2023

“Life Jacket works with individuals and communities to create real-world impact.” Raquel Almazan, Resident Teaching Artist

Support our mission of telling undertold stories.

Donate today: www.lifejackettheatre.org/donate

🎥 Jeremy Kotin

28/11/2023

Discover the origin story behind Life Jacket, as told by our Founding Artistic Director - Travis Russ.
Help us continue our mission of telling undertold stories.
Donate today: www.lifejacketheatre.org/donate
🎥 Jeremy Kotin

26/11/2023

“The goal of Life Jacket is to place undertold stories centerstage – stories that deserve a voice, a spotlight, and an audience.” Travis Russ, Artistic Director

Donate today to help us continue our mission of uplifting undertold stories.

www.lifejackettheatre.org/donate

🎥 Jeremy Kotin

Thank you to this incredible crew for helping us test-drive the script + score for our new musical: THE GORGEOUS NOTHING...
21/11/2023

Thank you to this incredible crew for helping us test-drive the script + score for our new musical: THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS. We had an amazing 2 weeks in the rehearsal room with you!

Back row (l-r): Allan K. Washington, Arnie Burton, Ben Cherry, John Riddle, Darius de Haas
Front row (l-r): Taylor Trensch, Thomas Hodges, Travis Russ

Thank you to the amazing pool of judges who reviewed the incredible applications for our new Trans+ Playwrights Commissi...
30/10/2023

Thank you to the amazing pool of judges who reviewed the incredible applications for our new Trans+ Playwrights Commission.

JURY PANEL:
+ Danny Marin
+ David Mendizábal
+ Pooya Mohseni
+ Rad Pereira
+ Travis Lee Russ
+ Shakina Nayfack

LEARN MORE: www.lifejackettheatre.org/commission

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07/10/2023

The commission will support Quintana as they create a play based on in-depth interviews with Trans+ people in America.

WE’RE HIRING!We’re hiring a team of Production Assistants to assist with on-the-ground support for a series of private i...
04/10/2023

WE’RE HIRING!

We’re hiring a team of Production Assistants to assist with on-the-ground support for a series of private industry readings for THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS, a new musical about LGBTQ+ history.

Lean more + apply: tinyurl.com/productionassistants

Thank you Yaddo for an amazing summer residency where we continued development on Life Jacket's new musical
05/09/2023

Thank you Yaddo for an amazing summer residency where we continued development on Life Jacket's new musical

Thank you to the nearly 300 playwrights who applied for our 2023-2024 Playwriting Commission. Our team is eager to begin...
17/07/2023

Thank you to the nearly 300 playwrights who applied for our 2023-2024 Playwriting Commission. Our team is eager to begin reviewing these incredible submissions and having in-depth interviews with the semi-finalists. Our goal is to announce our newly minted commissioned playwright in the upcoming months. Stay tuned!

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"This new commission uplifts and celebrates Trans voices," Travis Russ, Artistic Director. Read the full story on Broadw...
08/07/2023

"This new commission uplifts and celebrates Trans voices," Travis Russ, Artistic Director. Read the full story on BroadwayWorld

Life Jacket has launched a new $10,000 commission for a Trans playwright to create a new, full-length verbatim play based on in-depth interviews with Trans people from across America.

One week left! You have until July 12 to submit your application for our inaugural commission of $10,000 for a trans pla...
04/07/2023

One week left! You have until July 12 to submit your application for our inaugural commission of $10,000 for a trans playwright to create a verbatim play based on interviews with trans people from across the U.S.

www.lifejackettheatre.org/commission

HAPPY PRIDE!“At Life Jacket, we strongly believe in the restorative power of storytelling and the ability of live theatr...
25/06/2023

HAPPY PRIDE!

“At Life Jacket, we strongly believe in the restorative power of storytelling and the ability of live theatre to change our world." Travis Russ, Artistic Director

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Big news: We’ve just announced a commissioning program which will award $10,000 to a trans playwright to create a verbat...
19/06/2023

Big news: We’ve just announced a commissioning program which will award $10,000 to a trans playwright to create a verbatim play based on interviews with trans people from all over the U.S.

The commissioned playwright will use Life Jacket’s ethnographic research approach to create a play about trans people in the U.S.

09/06/2023

Travis Russ and Melissa Moschitto talk about the delicate, revealing work of recovering stories of q***r, trans, and gender-nonconforming folks from the last century and before.

8 years ago, we did a development workshop of our first-ever production, GOREY: THE SECRET LIVES OF EDWARD GOREY at New ...
26/04/2023

8 years ago, we did a development workshop of our first-ever production, GOREY: THE SECRET LIVES OF EDWARD GOREY at New York Theatre Workshop. This show would go on to receive Critics' Picks from The New York Times and Time Out New York and multiple nominations from the Drama Desk Awards, American Theatre Wing (Henry Hewes Awards), and The New York Independent Theater Awards.



📷: Jenny Anderson

Thrilled to celebrate our artist residency at Graduate Hotels on Roosevelt Island with a special concert in the Panorama...
02/04/2023

Thrilled to celebrate our artist residency at Graduate Hotels on Roosevelt Island with a special concert in the Panorama Room NYC featuring songs from our upcoming musical .

Performers: Allan K. Washington & Darian Peer
Music Director / Pianist: Thomas Hodges
Artistic Director: Travis Russ

📷: Rachel Monteleone

30/12/2022

We created the to give young people the opportunity to tell their undertold stories on stage in a safe and supportive environment.

Part storytelling, part theatrical adventure, this unique educational experience uplifts historically overlooked communities, expands human empathy, and unleashes the power of the spoken word.

We are deeply grateful to our community partners: Sam and Devorah Foundation for Trans Youth, Q***r Detainee Empowerment Project, GLSEN, The LOFT LGBT Community Center, Children of Promise, NYC, City Lore, Ursuline Academy of New Orleans, Dundee-Crown High School

Learn more: www.lifejackettheatre.org/outreach

🎥 Jeremy Kotin

29/12/2022

“This is who I am.”

We're proud to partner with the Sam and Devorah Foundation for Trans Youth to produce workshops that help young Trans and Nonbinary people tell their stories in front of live, supportive audiences.

Learn more about the : https://www.lifejackettheatre.org/outreach

🎥 Jeremy Kotin

28/12/2022

“Live your truth.”

We're proud to partner with the Sam and Devorah Foundation for Trans Youth to host workshops that help young Trans and Nonbinary people tell their stories in front of live, supportive audiences.

Learn more about the : www.lifejackettheatre.org/outreach

🎥 Jeremy Kotin

26/12/2022

"Tell your story."

We're proud to partner with the Sam and Devorah Foundation for Trans Youth to produce workshops that help young Trans and Nonbinary people tell their stories in front of live, supportive audiences.

Learn more about the : www.lifejackettheatre.org/outreach

🎥 Jeremy Kotin

25/12/2022

Happy holidays from our family to yours.

New rehearsal shots of  📸 Obed de la Cruz
23/12/2022

New rehearsal shots of

📸 Obed de la Cruz

Post-show reception on the rooftop after our sneak preview of  .📸 Daniel J. Vasquez
22/12/2022

Post-show reception on the rooftop after our sneak preview of .

📸 Daniel J. Vasquez

New pics from our sneak preview of  .📸 CAST:Arnie Burton |  Rodney Hicks | Ken Barnett | Allan K. Washington | John Cari...
21/12/2022

New pics from our sneak preview of .

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CAST:
Arnie Burton |
Rodney Hicks |
Ken Barnett |
Allan K. Washington |
John Cariani |
Jake Swain |

PRODUCTION:
Music Consultant: Thomas Hodges |
Playwright/Director: Travis Russ |
Producers: , ,

Our   sneak preview is SOLD OUT, but we will start a waitlist 30min before curtain.🎭  📅 DECEMBER 12 – 7PM📍 New York Publ...
10/12/2022

Our sneak preview is SOLD OUT, but we will start a waitlist 30min before curtain.

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📅 DECEMBER 12 – 7PM
📍 New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
🎟️ ***SOLD OUT***

07/12/2022

MEET OUR CAST!
Catch the upcoming sneak preview of our new musical!

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📅 DECEMBER 12 – 7PM
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🎟️ https://gorgeous.eventbrite.com

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