The type of theatre they are creating requires a high level of trust between performers, some of whom had never met before rehearsals began, and that trust was evident. I also saw in the ensemble passion, commitment to the work and an onstage chemistry that cannot be simulated.
— The Akronist
It is the mission of Wandering Aesthetics to transform our community by strengthening human connection, empathy, and intellectual discourse through storytelling, live performance, classes, and other high-quality cultural encounters.

Dreamt into being on the mountains of Appalachia, where the company’s founders, Benjamin Rexroad and Kyle Jozsa, completed a thru-hike of the 2,185.9-mile Appalachian Trail, Wandering Aesthetics rose, like an overused cliche, from the ashes of Heads Up Productions. Beginning the organization as an Akron-based storytelling theatre company bent on exploring our American roots and identity through the lens of narrative, we endeavored to build community through person-to-person contact, connecting disparate "tribes" through our performances, investigating the human link in our diverse cultural heritage.

Known for our investigation into the art of storytelling and the ever-changing dynamics between performer and audience, we craft our performances from scratch. Even during our extended rehearsal processes, Wandering Aesthetics engages the community through a series of reoccurring events and classes. These include: Youth ClassesAdult ClassesThe Boiling Point: Akron's Alternative Play Reading SeriesThe Open Door: Akron's Performance ExchangeFull Circle Storytelling (an event for community storytellers), and The Electric Pressure Cooker Open Mic Cabaret. Most recently, Wandering Aesthetics was one of the 27 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Winners - awarded $75,000 for The Electric Pressure Cooker Presents...Bigger Than a Breadbox.
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Managing Artistic Director
Benjamin Rexroad Bio
Benjamin Rexroad is a theatre artist with a passion for poetry, travel and community. He has trained with John O’Neal of The Free Southern Theater, New York-based SITI Company and was one of 25 international directors selected to participate in the 2014 Directors Lab North in Toronto.

Since establishing Heads Up Productions eight years ago (now Wandering Aesthetics), Benjamin has produced or directed over 70 performance events. In 2011, he was presented with the Rising Young Star/Leadership Akron Area Arts Alive Award. The same year, he helped launch Akron’s only African-American theatre company and received a grant to tour a role-playing workshop about racism, poverty, class and social status. In 2013, Benjamin and his partner completed a thru-hike of the 2,185.9-mile Appalachian Trail. Last year, he was part of the National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellows cohort. Wandering Aesthetics is a Knight Arts grant recipient for “Bigger Than a Breadbox”, a quarterly neighborhood-centric vaudeville production.
Director of Education
Kyle Jozsa Bio
Drawing on a work ethic derived from his path to Eagle Scout, Kyle Jozsa co-founded the storytelling theatre company, Wandering Aesthetics in 2013 with his partner in work and life, Benjamin Rexroad. Kyle serves as Wandering Aesthetics’ Artistic Director, Director of Education and primary Storyteller. As such, Kyle is charged with collecting stories from the heart of Appalachia to the shores of the Cuyahoga, creating dynamic storytelling performances and inspiring students of all ages to find their voices and tell their own tales. Kyle’s theatrical training includes an intensive summer program at Double Edge Theatre in Asheville, MA, multiple workshops with Akron’s own New World Performance Laboratory and extensive work with Director Benjamin Rexroad. Following his hike of the 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail, Kyle made the transition to solo performer. Most recently Kyle was named the 2016 Akron Arts Alive! Award Winner for Outstanding Artist in Theater.

Through all of these changes, Kyle has remained dedicated to his personal training and the study of the actor’s (and storyteller’s) craft.


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