TRISTON P. PULLEN
Born in Sulphur Springs, Texas, Triston P. Pullen started acting at the age of seven. He is a freelance director with a desire to bring new life to classic works, as well as create new and innovative productions through Eastern influences. He is an educator, artist, director, scenographer, and playwright.
As an educator, the root of Pullen's pedagogy has been rooted in advocacy and facilitating conversations about politics, activism, aesthetics, culture, personal identity, sexuality, gender identity, and religion. Pullen asks students to broaden their theatrical horizons and to use theories as a tool for inspiration while creating work that is meaningful for both their lives and the community around them. He is dedicated to engaging and providing innovative educational initiatives to underserved communities, allowing all ages to have access to art, film, performing arts, and concerts.
As a director, Pullen creates theatre that focuses on the spiritual nature built within any given text, allowing rites of passage to help create storytelling. Using cultural, political, and spiritual perspectives to create deep character connections and real human interactions, Pullen strives to create productions that use a modern ritualistic lens to connect with the audience on a more meaningful level. Using a combination of Viewpoints, Suzuki, the tools and philosophies of Stanislavsky’s system, and Eastern forms of performance art, Pullen actively looks at how to create new and innovative forms of art that is both diverse and inclusive for the team creating the work and the audience viewing the work.
In 2014, Pullen created his own summer repertory theatre company, Studio 1621, in Sulphur Springs, Texas. His mission was to provide arts to communities that have limited access to the arts, develop art education initiatives for the community that raised him, and create scholarship programs for young artists in the North East Texas area.
Triston works diligently with playwrights (Aaron Levetmon, Rachel Robyn, and Colleen Hoover—New York Times Best Selling Author) to create new works that reach audiences in new and non-traditional ways. Recently, with the support of the Walt Whitman Initiative in New York City, Pullen created a biographical drama entitled "Songs of Memories: A Whitmanic Queer Discovery."
As a freelance director, his work has been seen in Santa Fe, North East Texas, Memphis, and New York City. He has had the honor of working with:
Robert Benedetti, 3 time Emmy award-winning producer
Alaina Warren Zachary, Broadway vet
Shep Sobel, Founder of the Pearl Theater
Amanda Zarr, LA-based actress
Bill Westbrooks, NYU Professor
Jon Jory, world-renown director (Pullen’s directing mentor)
E. Loren Meeker, Opera Director
Kathy Morath, Broadway vet
Sarah Brown, International Artress and Director
Triston is on the board of the Walt Whitman Initiative, The Dairy Festival, Studio 1621, and Shadow Festival- volunteering for many more!
Pullen is a Julie Taymor World Theatre Fellow Finalist. He was slated to live in Istanbul Turkey and Israel (Jerusalem/ Gaza) for the 2023-2024 year studying ritualistic performance built within the Abrahamic Religions while exploring puppetry, gesture, oral storytelling traditions, and performance art in the Middle East. Conflict in regions prevented involvement in Fellowship.
In 2017, Pullen graduated from Santa Fe University of Art and Design, where he earned a BFA in Acting and a Minor in Design. In May of 2021, Pullen graduated from the University of Memphis where he earned his MFA in Directing.