Born in Westerly, Rhode Island, writer and performer Trav S.D. (Donald Travis Stewart) began performing stand-up comedy professionally as a teenager. After studying writing, acting and directing for the stage at the Trinity Rep Conservatory in Providence, he moved to New York in the late ‘80s, and began producing his own plays. In the early ‘90s he worked as a personal assistant to the singer Tony Bennett, while evenings he interned at the legendary Manhattan Punchline Theatre alongside such future notables as Ileana Douglas, Michael Leydon Campbell, and Obie-winner Maude Mitchell. In 1994, he began to work in the development office of the Big Apple Circus, which inspired the formation of his own company Mountebanks, which produces the American Vaudeville Theatre and Trav’s own plays.
In 2005, Farrar, Straus & Giroux published Trav’s critically-acclaimed book No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous. Since that time he has continued to perform, write and produce his own plays and vaudeville shows, while lecturing on topics related to show business history, especially vaudeville. His popular blog Travalanche, which has received over one million page views, was launched in 2008.
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