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 Classes, Adult Classes, The Boiling Point: Akron's Alternative Play Reading Series, The Open Door: Akron's Performance Exchange, Full 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.