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 its audience and community.

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.

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

Beertown is another amazing addition to dog & pony dc’s roster of plays that put you into the action in a fun and unique way, only to send you off afterwards having learned more about yourself and your friends and fellow citizens, perhaps more than you might have cared to. I would love to see this again with a different audience to see how the outcome changes.

Michael Boberg, audience member

…’A Killing Game’ is in part a lab experiment: By what means and to what degree can theater make use of an audience as a creative force? Unlike some ‘interactive’ events, in which actors jump off the stage and sit in playgoers’ laps or dragoon a spectator or two onto the stage for an anxious cameo in a short skit, ‘A Killing Game’ tries, with more trust in its customers, to upend the us-and-them aspect of theatergoing. It’s as if the troupe were saying, ‘Hey: Uncross your arms! We’re all on the same side!
–The Washington Post, July 21 2013

Peter Marks, reviewing for The Washington Post

We appreciate dog & pony dc’s high artistic standards and aspiration to change the audience’s perception of its role in a theatrical experience.

Jill Strachan, Executive Director, Capital Hill Arts Workshop

You won’t find Beertown on any map, but you’ll find the town’s essence in your heart as you struggle to figure out what items best tell your own story, and realize that memories change slightly each time you remember something, usually a result of twisting some of the details to create a supposedly better narrative. What starts out as a fun stay in a quirky little town ends up being surprisingly emotional.
–The News Record, March 9, 2016

Stephanie L. Smith, reviewing for The News Record