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.
Peepshow takes-back objectification and sexism, and kicks the patriarchy where it counts. Over Peepshow’s five spectacles, performers will review the four waves of feminism in a wrestling ring, explore the complexities of the male gaze through Broadway show tunes, and expose the modern woman’s complicity in her own oppression through a synchronized-swimming-and Kpop-inspired-ballet. There isn’t…
FROM: A You-Us History Project
October 24, 2017 Dear You: Gonna cut to the chase–we’re not feeling particularly useful these days. What can we as theatre artists do as citizens for our country in this highly divisive, hate-filled, and violent moment in time? And not simply produce another play. What if we developed an approach for individuals across the country to make…
Sense-Able was born from dog & pony dc’s realization–somewhat embarrassingly–that as an audience-focused and boundary-pushing as we are, we were still operating from a pretty rigid “center of normalcy” when it came to our theatre-making practices. In 2014 and 2015 as we were working more intimately with artists who are Deaf, producing in art museums and…
Beertown Takes America
Beertown is an interactive exploration of history, civics, community, identity, and memory that incorporates live music, group song, storytelling…and a dessert potluck. Part-civic ceremony, part-theatrical pageant, and a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure, Beertown welcomes audiences into the 21st Beertown Time Capsule Day celebration, in which every five years this imagined small town unearths its beloved…
Imagine a secret society of inventors inviting the audience to collaboratively push the boundaries of current technology in a participatory-performance-meets-science-fair. The radical approach of Toast distills ingredients for innovation and applies them in a multimedia, participatory performance that fully and transparently harnesses the audience as an integral resource for the completion of the show in…
A Killing Game
In a not-so-distant time, in a city strikingly similar to this one, a deadly plague begins killing the citizenry–inexplicably, indiscriminately, and fast! What’s going on? Who will die next? Can the disease be contained? Where can you turn? Only you and your cunning and skills can keep you alive ‘til the end of the show.…
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.
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!
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.
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.
You know a performance is good when all the crazy, seemingly out-of-control moving parts add up to an infectious entertainment experience.
–-City Beat, May 31 2013