The Washington City Paper says, “Happenstance Theater’s ensemble comedy is a gut-busting kind of funny.” The Washington Post describes our work as “visually striking and whimsical without being precious.” Happenstance Theater recently won three Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Costume Design and Lead Actor.
HAPPENSTANCE THEATER is a professional company committed to devising, producing and touring original, performer-created visual, poetic Theatre. Our six-member ensemble is made up of multi-talented performers who craft all aspects of our work from concept to realization. Under the artistic co-direction of Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell we harvest imagery from the past and re-contextualize it in works that address eternal themes of life and death. With the simplest means - humor, music, silence, text and beauty - we seek to elevate the moment when the performers and audience meet, to lift the encounter beyond the daily and pedestrian into the realms of dreams, poetry, and art. Meaning is often discovered by happenstance.
We can offer Workshops and/or Residencies on each or any combination of the following: Physical Comedy, Mime Technique, Theatrical Clown, Ensemble Devising, Puppetry. Fees for these programs range from $300-$3,000.