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.

…’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

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

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

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

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

Joe Gorman, reviewing for City Beat