Brandon Stroud is an Experimental Performance Artist and Poet from Northeast, Ohio, and Teaching Assistant for students with Autism and Other Complex Disabilities at Mentor High School. During his career as an artist, Stroud has had the unique honor and privilege of having personal conversations about art and science with Robert Cook, world renowned American sculptor, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, Oily Cart, one of the great British theatre companies of the last 25 years, and Howard Earl Gardner, American developmental psychologist and Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate Schools of Education at Harvard University.
As an artist, Stroud has performed and directed at the historically acclaimed Akron Civic Theatre, Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio, the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, Ohio, as well as Mentor High School and Shore Middle School. He has given art lectures and read poetry at art events all throughout the greater Cleveland area including the Hessler Street Fair, Literary Café, Oberlin College, Karma Koffee, Mac's Backs, and the First Row Center for the Arts. His work has appeared in printed books and online literary sites such as Writing Knights Press, Poets Haven Press, Pohemian Press, UnlikelyStories.com and
his very own HobGob Press.
As an educator, Stroud is currently working with special needs students in Mentor High School’s C. A. R. E. Lab (Cardinal Adult Readiness Education) program as a teaching assistant. In the past, he has taught environmental science for two years at Hiram House Camp, has been a childcare instructor for the We-Care program at various schools in the Mentor district, has been a freelance acting coach for camps and individuals, a drama teacher at a middle school for five years, and founder of 4D Interactive Education, an educational outreach program which harnesses the power of art to give children and young adults a dynamic educational experience.
Stroud’s art is experimental, conceptual, visceral, and youthful in nature. His mission as an artist are to empower non-artists to become artists, change the parochial view of what art is and should be, and to create new forms of art through serious experimentation. Some of his poetic innovations include Soundpaths, Alphabet Soup, Mirror-Me, Graphic Notations, and Haptic Poetry.
His work is typically interdisciplinary, interactive, and instinctive; performances are sometimes loosely scripted and orchestrated and a lot of 'chance’ occurs. Stroud performs anywhere, in any venue or setting and for any length of time. The focus of Stroud's work lately has been to conduct primitive, highly visual spectacles that unleash unconscious responses in audiences that are normally inaccessible. In addition, Stroud says, "I try to provoke conditions that will force the release of primitive instincts hidden beneath the civilized social layer masking all human behaviour. There is a certain energy and impact of this shocking way of performing that should be
employed in order to increase a sense of danger, violence and disorientation in the audience. He is heavily influenced by French surrealist, Antonin Artaud, and his 'Theatre of Cruelty.