Hi I’m Adrienne Mackey, Swim Pony’s founder. You’ve caught me here, backwards, so I might as well tell you a little about myself.
I’m a believer in creating awesome works of art in a way that also supports awesome lives for the artists that make them. I love discovering amazing spaces and will do almost anything to get my “theater” out of “Theater”s. I also graduated with a degree in Chemistry which can sometimes be useful in understanding how I think about things. In addition to creating and directing the experimental works of theater listed above, I’m also interested in the human voice and have studied it in a varied of capacities from classical opera to avant-garde Roy Hart technique. The past few years I’ve sung funky backup vocals as “The Truth” for Johnny Showcase and the Mystic Ticket. (I’m the lady on the left with the big hair).
I teach, a lot, and all over the Philly area: Drexel, Rutgers Camden, Pig Iron’s School for Advanced Performance Training and occasionally as a guest artist at places like Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr and Arcadia.
And clearly, I also like sitting backwards in wire chairs.
I’m Eva Steinmetz, Swim Pony’s Administrative Associate. It’s my job to keep track of things like company finances, schedules, and dreams. I do creative research, dramaturgy, project management, and whatever else Adrienne and I think might be useful.
When I’m not working for Swim Pony, I can be found managing studio spaces at Headlong, and directing my own theatrical creations as lead artist of The Eva Steinmetz Project. I also collaborate with other friends and theater companies. I believe that the process of making and sharing live performance is a long-form exercise in radical compassion, self-examination, and human connection.