About Swim Pony

Mission Statement:
Swim Pony Performing Arts: Loud, strange and never seen before on earth!

Swim Pony is committed to the creation of unique live performances that are

joyful and defy tradition in order to bring contemporary audiences beyond

their experiences of the every-day.

Company History:
Helmed by artistic director Adrienne Mackey, Swim Pony represents the
body of genre-defying work Mackey creates with an ensemble of
multidisciplinary artists who have made a commitment to one another
and to live and work in Philadelphia. Swim Pony was founded in
December of 2009 after years of working as a successful solo director
and producer of over a dozen original performance works including The
Ballad of Joe Hill (Eastern State Penitentiary 2006), recitatif (2007
Live Arts Festival) and Purr, Pull, Reign (with Johnny Showcase and
the Lefty Lucy Cabaret, 2009). In 2010 Mackey teamed with Jamie
McKittrick, a performer, teacher and choreographer, in steering the
future of the company. That spring, Swim Pony presented its first full
work: SURVIVE! a 22,000 square ft choose-your-own adventure
installation exploring how the universe and man's place within it.Fans
of the SURVIVE! included critics Howard Shapiro of The Philadelphia
Inquirer, J Cooper Robb of Philadelphia Weekly and Jim Rutter of The
Broad Street Review. SURVIVE!'s inventive D-I-Y staging was mentioned
in PW's "Best Theater This Year" column as a strong upstart to watch.

In 2011 Swim Pony paired with Barrymore winning actress Catharine
Slusar to develop Swim Pony’s second official work: LADY M – an all
female re-imagination of Shakespeare’s Macbeth story with original
music composition. Using her position as a Live Arts Festival Brewery
Fellow, artistic director Mackey was able to explore the blend of her
training in Roy Hart voice, an extreme approach to vocal performance,
with Shakespeare’s language over a year and a half period with 40 of
Philadelphia’s finest actresses. This work culminated in a series of
presentations (including the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s
Classical Cabaret Series and Philadelphia Live Arts Second Thursday
Series) and a final production as part of the Live Arts Festival of
2011 performing to nearly 1,000 people over 8 performances.

 

Download the Press Packet for Swim Pony Performing Arts: Here

 

Download the Press Packet for Lady M: Here