We are dog & pony dc.

We believe in the power of collaboration, between artists and with the audience.

We’re pro-innovation and taking necessary leaps of faith.

We believe playfulness and generosity amplifies the impact of our work.

We seek to upend the way non-profit theatre is made and consumed, repositioning it in service to its audience and community

You complete us.

dog & pony dc posits theatre as an artistic democracy in which the actors serve as guides establishing the rules of play, but largely lets the audience fill in the details of the world of the show.

Shannon Davies Mancus, former ensemble member

I felt valued as an audience member, I felt committed to the the rest of the audience and the cast, and I felt like I had experienced something I could ONLY have experienced in that room, on that night – how cool! That’s not an experience you get anywhere else!

Johanna Middleton, audience member

You all have hit upon a mode of development and production that successfully fosters a wide range of community dialogues about the nature of arts, culture, and society in a way that is thought-provoking, emotionally moving, and incredibly immersive.

David D. LaCroix, Ph.D., science and technology collaborator on Toast

Think you’re too sophisticated to play along with an interactive theater company? Well, think again. The clever folks at Dog & Pony DC have collectively devised a theater piece about a small, fictional Midwestern town, and it requires much audience interaction. The result is so gently satiric and utterly involving that you’ll find yourself voting for and against issues before you even realize you’ve raised your hand.
–The Washington Post, November 14, 2011

Jane Horwitz, reviewing for The Washington Post

We are delighted dog & pony dc has committed itself to the advocacy and support of Deaf talent, artists, and audiences. Progress is seeing an ensemble of Deaf and hearing actors work as equals, with the Deaf actors free from meeting any pre-set criteria mandating that their characters be Deaf…instead of being reduced to novelties and/or tokens.

Ethan Sinnott, Program Director, Theatre and Dance; Associate Professor, Theatre, Gallaudet University