dog & pony dc is an ensemble of artists who devise innovative performances that incorporate new ways for audiences to experience theatre.
Mailing/Admin Address: 32 Sherman Circle NW, Washington, DC 20011
Admin Phone: (202) 670-5347
Social Media: @dogandponydc | Facebook.com/dandpdc
RING LEADERS Rachel Grossman | Lorraine Ressegger-Slone | Jon Reynolds
CONSPIRATORS Ellys Abrams | Wyckham Avery | Colin K. Bills | Melanie Harker | Jessica Lefkow | J. Argyl Plath | Elaine Yuko Qualter | Rebecca Sheir | Ivania Stack
BOARD Jeffrey Gee (President) | Lorraine Ressegger- Slone (Secretary) | Jeffrey Herrmann (Treasurer) | Wyckham Avery | Rachel Grossman | Jason Loewith | Elissa Preheim
Rachel Grossman is an artist and engagement strategist focused on the triangulation between art, artist, and audience. She is contributing to a regular series on HowlRound ("A Big Eyed Fish") exploring ensemble theatre and audience. She tweets about the world from @rgindc.
With dog & pony dc, Rachel directed COURAGE and Beertown, and performed in Cymbeline, Bare Breasted Women Sword Fighting, Separated at Birth, Beertown, and A Killing Game.
Rachel is currently working closely with Americans for the Arts' National Arts Marketing Project on codifying tenets of advanced audience engagement, and coaching the longform improv troupe Nox. Rachel spent two years at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company launching their “connectivity” innovation and serving as the company’s first Connectivity Director. She spent four seasons as the Director of Education & Outreach at Round House Theatre and prior to that she managed programming in the education and community programs departments at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, and CENTERSTAGE (Baltimore, MD). She was an Associate Producer for the 2010 Source Festival, focusing on Literary Management and Casting, and also spent a few years producing with eXtreme eXchange. Rachel is a former member of Referendum: Political Arts Collective, performed with DC Playback Theatre, and adjudicated with the Helen Hayes Awards. A firm supporter of health and safety in the workplace and community, she has been an American Red Cross instructor since 2001. Rachel served on the Interactivity Foundation’s Arts & Society panel, exploring the arts and public policy.
Rachel was one of fifty theatre professionals selected to be part of Theatre Communications Group’s 50th Anniversary campaign I AM THEATRE. Her video, which launched the campaign in June 2011, can be seen here.
Rachel is a proud resident of the District of Columbia, having been taxed without representation since 1999. She resides in Petworth with her husband Colin K. Bills and their spirited dog, Adler.
Lorraine Ressegger-Slone is an actor, fight director, and arts educator in the DC metro area and is dog & pony dc's Ring Leader of Project Management. With dog & pony dc, Lorraine choreographed the violence in PUNCH!--that's the way we do it, conceived and directed/choreographed Bare Breasted Women Sword Fighting, co-directed Separated at Birth, dramaturged and produced COURAGE, and performed in Cymbeline and the workshop production of Beertown.
She recently completed her MFA in Pedagogy with an emphasis on Movement and Stage Combat at Virginia Commonwealth University where she also taught Advanced Movement for the Actor and Public Speaking. Her choreography credits include Oedipus el Rey and House of Gold at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Bad Hamlet, The Adequate Players; Measure for Measure and Romeo and Juliet, Taffety Punk; Merlin and the Cave of Dreams, Perseus Bayou, Imagination Stage.
Lorraine spent a few years with her husband in Los Angeles where she worked for the Center Theatre Group coordinating and implementing the educational components for CTG’s traveling children’s show Animal Logic as well as the premiere production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Kirk Douglas. Happy to have returned to the East Coast, Lorraine has taught locally for the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Adventure Theatre, Young Playwrights Theatre, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. She is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors and the International Order of the Sword and the Pen.
Jon Reynolds is an actor and playwright born and raised in the Washington, DC area.
With dog & pony dc, he participated in the development, devising, and performance of A Killing Game, Beertown, Separated at Birth, and COURAGE. He has also participated in the design conception of A Killing Game, Beertown and the upcoming Toast. He has also collaborated with the design concepts for A Killing Game and Beertown, as well as composed original music for Beertown.
As a dog & pony dc Ring Leader, Jon is currently focusing on developing a series of workshops and classes in devising and audience integration techniques, fostering a strong ensemble of artists for the company and expanding its body of work.
As a Washington based actor, Jon has performed locally with Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Theater Alliance, Journeymen Theater, WSC Avant Bard, Adventure Theatre, Solas Nua, Keegan Theatre, The Inkwell, and Open Circle Theatre. From 2007 to 2009, he served as Production Manager of Journeymen Theater Ensemble. He has also worked as a technical director for several local productions. His play, Breadhouse, was produced as part of the 2007 Capital Fringe Festival. He has taught workshops in Shakespeare, scene study, playwriting and stage combat to elementary school, high school, and college students. From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the National Players, America's longest running classical touring company, where he served as performance and Company Manager, bringing Shakespeare to over 20 states.
Jon holds a BA in Communication and Theatre Arts from McDaniel College, and lives in Alexandria, VA. On his days of you can frequently find him at his sister's house, doting over his precocious niece and nephew.
Ellys R. Abrams is a theatre administrator currently residing in DC. With dog & pony she is the Conspirator of Organizational Advancement. Previously, Ellys worked as the assistant to the Managing Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the assistant to the Producing Artistic Director of MetroStage in Alexandria, VA, and the Assistant Company Manager for Directors for Emerging Artists Theatre in New York. A graduate of Smith College with majors in Theatre and Sociology, she originally focused her career as a director and stage manager, working for Smith College, Emerging Artists Theatre, New Century Theatre, and the New York International Fringe Festival.
Wyckham Avery is the Theatre Director for The New School of Northern Virginia. As a conspirator with dog & pony dc, Wyckham directed Separated at Birth, PUNCH!--that's the way we do it, and Cymbeline, and performed in COURAGE, Beertown, and A Killing Game. She is currently developing a new solo show, Just Sing Me a Song, based on the life and music of Ola Belle Reed. She is currently developing a new solo show, Just Sing Me a Song, based on the life and music of Ola Belle Reed. She performed in Woolly Mammoth's Full Circle by Charles Mee, directed by Michael Rohd, Dead City and The Skin of Our Teeth with Rorschach Theatre, The Taming of the Shrew at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Capitol Fringe Festival in her solo clown show, Cordelia's Fool and as Hecuba in Referendum/PAC's Trojan Women. She directed [eureka], a solo physical comedy show by Patrick Bussink for Forum Theatre. She performs and teaches clowning, commedia dell'arte, and physical theatre in the DC area. She is an affiliated Teaching Artist with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Wyckham received her MFA in acting from the Catholic University of America and trained at the Dell' Arte International School of Physical Theatre and the New England Center for Circus Arts. Wyckham resides in the Mount Rainier Artists Lofts.
Colin K. Bills is a Washington, DC-based Lighting Designer. As a Company Member with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, he has lit over thirty productions, including The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, A Bright New Boise, Oedipus el Rey, Clybourne Park, Antebellum, and Dead Man's Cell Phone. He is a Conspirator with the devised theater company dog & pony dc, where he has collaborated in the writing and direction of A Killing Game and designed the sets and lighting for Beertown, COURAGE, and PUNCH!... that's the way we do it. He is an Artistic Associate with the Washington Revels, where he designs the scenery and lighting for the annual Christmas Production in celebration of the Winter Solstice. He designs have been seen nationally at The Berkshire Theater Festival, CENTERSTAGE, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Didactic Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Forum Theatre, Imagination Stage, Intiman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Maryland Stage, Metro Stage, Olney Theatre Center, Opera Lafayette, Portland Center Stage, Round House Theatre, The Smithsonian Institution, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Synetic Theatre, Theatre for the First Amendment, Theater J, Vermont's Northern Stage, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Mr. Bills has won three Helen Hayes Awards, for his designs of The Master and Margarita, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, and Dead Man's Cell Phone. He is a 2009 recipient of a Princess Grace Fellowship in Theater and was a TCG/NEA Career Development Grant Finalist. Mr. Bills has taught design at American University and as a visiting designer has worked with students at Georgetown University, Dartmouth College, George Washington University, and Loyola College of Baltimore. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Melanie Harker is a theatre artist and administrator, working by day with Washington Improv Theater (WIT) as their Program Manager, and by night with her family at dog & pony dc as a Conspirator for Production Management. Melanie has seen through two d&pdc productions as state manager: Beertown and A Killing Game. In the summer of 2011, Melanie relocated to Washington, DC to work at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, as their Connectivity Assistant, finding new and exciting ways to bring the audience, the art, and the artists closer together. Melanie has also been a teaching artist with Premiere Stages, an assistant at a Center for Career Services, and a camp counselor. A graduate of Susquehanna University, Melanie holds a degree in Theatre Performance with a minor in Anthropology. Everyone with d&pdc will tell you she loves cats.
Jessica Lefkow is a director and performer currently based in the DC area. She has worked with dog & pony dc since 2009, appearing in COURAGE, Beertown, and A Killing Game, and serving as a creative conspirator on Separated at Birth and Toast. Jessica directed the World Premiere of the Helen Hayes Award-winning Honey Brown Eyes (2009 Best New Play, Theater J). Other Washington-area directing credits; Hercules In Russia and TETHER, (Doorway Arts Ensemble); Frida Vice Versa, Margarita, Tales of Doomed Love, Not Your Granny’s Revolution, Letters to Clio, Part Two, (Capital Fringe Festivals); Red Herring, Mousetrap (1st Stage), The F Word, (Workshop Production with The Inkwell); Dear Sara Jane, (The Hub Theater); House of Blue Leaves, (Montgomery College, Rockville); BENCHED (independently produced with Allyson Currin, Beth Hylton & Liz Mamana). Jessica’s directing work has also appeared in the Source Ten-Minute Play Festivals. Readings and workshops include projects with Theater J, Washington Shakespeare Company, Theatre of the First Amendment, Spooky Action Theatre Company, WWIT. Jessica has appeared in Bootleg Shakespeare and Riot Grrrl productions with Taffety Punk Theatre Company, (Cassius, Julius Caesar; Leanato, Much Ado About Nothing; Queen Margaret, King John). She appeared as Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire, (Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL) and as Queen Margaret in Richard III, (Brave Spirits Theatre Company). Jessica is a Teaching Artist with Shakespeare Theatre Company and Young Playwrights Theater. In September 2013, Jessica will enter the Academy of Classical Acting at GWU as an MFA Candidate. Jessica is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
J. Argyl Plath has participated in the development and performance of dog & pony dc's A Killing Game, Beertown, Separated at Birth, and COURAGE. He grew up watching the Golden Girls and Designing Women.
Elaine Yuko Qualter is a Conspirator with dog & pony dc and an affiliated teaching artist with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. She has worked in various administrative positions including Education Manager for the Washington Theatre Legacy Project at the Helen Hayes Awards and as Executive Assistant at New WORLD Theater. Elaine has performed in various theater projects around the country including: Beertown with d&pdc; The Little Prince at Round House Theatre; Silk at the Goodman Theatre; Pericles at the Shakespeare Theatre Company; Trojan Women, Burial at Thebes and The Golden Fleece with Referendum/PAC; Measure for Measure, As You Like It, and The Winter’s Tale at Hampshire Shakespeare Company, and Les Miserables in Concert at Scera Theater Company. Elaine received her BA in Theater from Brigham Young University and her MA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Besides indulging in her love of theater, Elaine also enjoys yoga, knitting, gardening, and adventuring with her husband, Mike, five year-old daughter, Mayumi, and twin boys Benjamin and Corrigan.
Rebecca Sheir is the host and producer of Metro Connection on WAMU 88.5. She comes to the nation's capital by way of Alska, where she hosted AK, the award-winning show on the Alaska Public Radio Network. Rebecca's radio work has aired on All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The Splendid Table, Latino USA, Only a Game, Here & Now, Interfaith Voices, Voice of America, Chicago Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio and Iowa Public Radio. She has taught her original radio essay/commentary course, "Radio Voices," at the University of Iowa and University of Alaska Anchorage. Rebecca holds a BA from Columbia University in New York City, where she also worked in Off-Broadway theater production: first with Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Inc., then with Naked Angels Theatre Company. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa.
Ivania Stack is a Costume Designer based in Washington, DC. She has proudly collaborated on four production for dog & pony dc: A Killing Game, Beertown, Separated at Birth, and COURAGE. She also designs for several other DC theatres, and her design credits include: Detroit, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Bright New Boise, Full Circle and Boom for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Young Robin Hood and Glengarry Glen Ross for Round House Theatre; Mother F**ker with the Hat, Time Stands Still, Adding Machine: A Musical at Studio Theatre; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Pop!, F***ing A for Studio Theatre, 2nd Stage; God of Carnage, Heroes and 50 Words for Everyman Theatre in Baltimore; Andy and the Shadows, Our Class, The Whipping Man, After the Fall, The Odd Couple, Photograph 51, The Four of Us, and In Darfur for Theatre J; House of the Spirits, Ana en el Tropico, Lucido, and The True History of Coca Cola in Mexico for GALA Hispanic Theatre; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Farragut North for Olney Theatre Center; bobrauschenbergamerica and Angels in America (co-design) at Forum Theatre; Lidless and Breadcrumbs for the Contemporary American Theatre Festival; Ghost-Writer, Lonely Planet, Savage in Limbo, The Real Inspector Hound, and Heroes for MetroStage. She received her MFA in Design from the University of Maryland. Her upcoming projects for the 2013 season include: After the Revolution for Theatre J; Rancho Mirage for Olney Theatre, Stones in his Pockets for Centerstage, This for Round House Theatre, and to continue to exciting devising process for Toast.