We are dog & pony dc, and we seek to reposition non-profit theatre companies in D.C. and across the country to be in service to their audiences and communities.

We’re a devised theatre ensemble. We create (“devise”) new plays and interactive experiences as a collective (“ensemble”) of hearing and Deaf artists.

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

We’re pro-innovation. We recognize innovation requires structure, chaos, and a leap of faith, so our process embraces them.

We approach all our work with a healthy mix of playfulness and generosity, as we believe that amplifies the impact of our work.

You complete us.

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

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

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

One of the best performative experiences I’ve had thus far.

Caitlin C., audience member regarding SEVEN AGES: YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE SENSES

Night in and night out, participating with dog & pony dc was a draining, fulfilling, exhausting, stimulating, frightening, rewarding, endearing, emboldening, emotional, beautiful experience…I can only hope that many others will have the privilege to partner with them as I did, because the incredibly lovely people that make up their company seem to leave nothing but love, growth, and positive change in their wake.

Melissa King, actor