We are serious about fun. 

Photo by Lynn Redmile

Playful

"A playful path is the shortest road to happiness" - Bernie DeKoven

General Mischief creates work that celebrates the power of joy and laughter in communicating ideas.

Photo by Joshua Green

Accessible

The company is renowned for creating accessible work that is "delightful and a charming experience" (Broadway World) and "guaranteed to brighten your mood!" (Center on the Aisle)

 

Photo by Joshua Green

Interactive

"When her sneakers ended up incorporated into a piece, my 6 year old daughter beamed, ‘My shoes are professional!’" (Examiner.com)

Our works include opportunities for the audience to connect directly with the action, both during and after the show. 

 

Mission

General Mischief Dance Theatre is dedicated to reinforcing the power that joy and laughter have in communicating ideas. We create dance adventures that are playful, accessible, and often interactive. Our goal is to combine high-level storytelling with high-quality movement, to remind audiences that dance is as much visceral as it is visual.

We strive to encourage the natural human desire to express oneself through movement. We create and present theatrical dance works which engage audiences emotionally, socially, and physically.

We are serious about fun.

 

 
 Photo by Joshua Green

Photo by Joshua Green

Artists

Portraits by John Abbott

Jane Abbott
Dance Artist

Our beloved Jane is smart, strong, spot-on, and brilliantly wacky as well! 

 

Ellen Henry
Dance Artist

Ellen can jump, spin, kick, fly, and have an entire room in stitches in seconds flat!

 

Wendy Lechuga
Dance Artist

Lovely Wendy delights us all with her quiet wisdom and huge characters of all kinds! 

 
 Photo by Jan La Salle

Photo by Jan La Salle

Brianna Anderson Dance Artist

We are mad for Brianna’s graceful style, compelling presence, and sly humor.

 Photo by Lynn Redmile

Photo by Lynn Redmile

Saki Masuda
Dance Artist

Saki-san is as pleasant, charming, and lovely in real life as she is on stage!

 

Jaisson Restrepo
Dance Artist

Wonderful Jaisson is sweet, sleek, and does the funniest bad push-ups you’ve ever seen!

 

Kierstyn Sharrow
Dance Artist

Our hilarious Kierstyn is a master of a million characters and as many dance languages.  You'll never know what hit you.

 
 Photo by Justin Patterson

Photo by Justin Patterson

Kaylen Okada Dance Artist

You could, hypothetically, not find Kaylen entrancing. You could also, hypothetically, be lint.

Andrea Steiner
Dance and Prop Artist

Beyond her fanct feet, Andrea is our Mistress of Theatrical Magic, both onstage and off.

 

Emily Smyth Vartanian
Head Troublemaker

Scrappy.

 
 Photo by Claudio Rodriguez

Photo by Claudio Rodriguez

Bethany Mitchell Dance Artist

Beneath Bethany’s incredible technique and elegance lurks a playful side we adore.

 
 Photo by Jason Berger

Photo by Jason Berger

Maiko Harada Dance Artist

Maiko-san is decidedly delightful and delivers every dance beautifully from head to toe.

 

Mischief Staff

 Photo by John Abbott

Photo by John Abbott

Adam Vartanian
Choreographic Advisor, Treasurer, and Tech Guru

 Photo by John Abbott

Photo by John Abbott

Mark Baker
Technical Director of Trouble

 Photo by Jesse Dittmar

Photo by Jesse Dittmar

Mia DiChiaro
Mischief Coordinator

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Current Projects

We are currently in the process of creating an original work with composer and trombonist Thomas Sullivan.  Thomas composed the riff for our intro video above - hear more good stuff at his website: ThomasSullivan.com.  Stay tuned for opportunities to check out this brand new Mischief!

Recent Premeires

An Eastern West (2016)

A celebration of Armenian music and dance created in collaboration with the YY Sisters.  The work includes traditional Armenian folk movements as well as contemporary steps and features the musical trio's gorgeous vocals as well as live percussion, violin, and cello.
This piece was commissioned by the Higher Ground Festival and received its premiere in June of 2016 in New York City.
 
 

KNOTTED (2016)

A new collaboration with poet Sandra Susser that intertwines words and movement in truly mischievous fashion.
This piece was commissioned by the Higher Ground Festival and received its premiere in June of 2016 in New York City.

Repertory Works

reel of Selected Works (2017)

Check out the videos below for a look at some favorite moments and reviews!

Recreation (2015)

Choreography by Emily Smyth Vartanian

Mobile Sculpture by Kevin Reese - TeamSculptures.com

Music by Donna Viscuso and the VNote Ensemble

Danced by Jane Abbott, Ellen Henry, Madeline Hoak, Saki Masuda, and Emily Smyth Vartanian

 

THE LOVE TRIO (2015)

Choreography by Emily Smyth Vartanian

Music by Paul Tillotson and The Love Trio

Danced by Jane Abbott, Ellen Henry, Wendy Lechuga, Saki Masuda, Jaisson Restrepo, Kierstyn Sharrow, and Emily Smyth Vartanian

SUITE SHEL (2014)

Inspired by the poems of Shel Silverstein

Choreography by Celine Rosenthal and Emily Smyth Vartanian

Music by Lizzie Hagstedt - LizzieHagstedt.com

Danced by Jane Abbott, Ellen Henry, Wendy Lechuga, Saki Masuda, Jaisson Restrepo, Kierstyn Sharrow, and Emily Smyth Vartanian

 

Smells Like Nirvana for Weird Al (2015-2016)

Performed at Radio City and other venues

Choreography by Emily Smyth Vartanian

Music by Weird Al Yankovic - weirdal.com

Danced (in pairs) by Jane Abbott, Ellen Henry, Wendy Lechuga, Saki Masuda, Kierstyn Sharrow, and Emily Smyth Vartanian 

Photo by John Abbott