Happenstance Theater is a professional company committed to devising and producing original, performer-created, visual, poetic Theater. Washington City Paper says, “Happenstance Theater’s ensemble comedy is a gut-busting kind of funny”. The Washington Post has described their work as “visually striking and whimsical without being precious.”

Since 2006, Happenstance Theater has devised over 20 new works including Prufbox, which premiered at the first Capital Fringe Festival and was then remounted at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA as part of their Joseph Cornell Exhibits; Low Tide Hotel was voted Best Comedy of the 2007 Capital Fringe and was selected as a City Paper “Best Bet”; MANIFESTO! premiered at the 2008 Capital Fringe, and then traveled to the NY Clown Theatre Festival in Brooklyn; Cabaret CooCoo was voted Best Comedy of the 2009 Capital Fringe; LOOK OUT BELOW! an original clown theatre piece commissioned by and performed at Round House Theatre’s main stage in Bethesda in December 2009, was called “appealingly enigmatic” and “hugely watchable” by The Washington Post; the offbeat Vaudeville duo of Diz and Izzy Aster: Vaudeville’s Late Bloomers has appeared at the NY Clown Theatre Festival and at the Dandies & Quaintrelles Seersucker Social; Cabaret Macabre was nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards in 2013; IMPOSSIBLE! A Happenstance Circus was nominated for 8 Helen Hayes Awards and won three in 2015; and MOXIE! A Happenstance Vaudeville was nominated for 11 Helen Hayes Awards in 2016.

The Round House Theatre Teen Performance Program is a pre-professional program for the next generation of theater artists. Round House gathers the region’s most creative young theater artists and provides mentorship to them as they work on a play at our theater. Students selected shadow productions on the RHT stage, attend events and master classes with RHT company members, and work closely with professional artists and practitioners at every step of the process.

The program culminates in The Sarah Metzger Memorial Play which is directed, designed, stage managed, and performed by high school students.  The Sarah Play was established by the Metzger family and friends to celebrate the memory of Sarah Metzger, an inspiring and active member of the theatre community, who was killed in an automobile accident during her freshman year of college.

Danisha Crosby: RHT Associate Producer, Directing Mentor
Brandon McCoy: RHT Lead Teaching Artist, Cast Mentor
Gabrielle Hoyt: RHT Artistic Fellow, Dramaturg Artistic Advisor
Che Wernsman: Stage Management Mentor
Paige Hathaway: Set Design Artistic Advisor
Kasey Hendricks: Props Artistic Advisor
Ivania Stack: Costume Design Artistic Advisor
Rachel Schuldenfrei: RHT Costume Shop Manager, Costume Design Mentor/Advisor
Katie McCreary: Lighting Design Artistic Advisor
Veronica J Lancaster: Sound Design Artistic Advisor
Liz Sena: RHT Master Electrician, Sound & Lighting Design, & Crew Mentor
Michelle Turner: RHT House Manager/House Management Mentor

Jen: Carol Kelleher (Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS)
Liz: Queen Griffin (Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS)
Sammy: Carly Sturm (Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS)
Caroline: Victoria Keith (Quince Orchard HS)
Sean: Cole Greenberg (Montgomery Blair HS)
Evil Liz: Malaika Bhayana (Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS)
Krissy: Marie Brier (Lycee Rochambeau)
Todd: Lucas Craig (Montgomery Blair HS)

Director: Alex Haddad (Richard Montgomery HS)
Dramaturg: Liza Hazelwood (Montgomery Blair HS)
Stage Manager: Isabelle Koff (Holton Arms School)
Costume Designer: Willa Murphy (Montgomery Blair HS)
Lighting Designer: Roma Venkateswaren (Thomas S. Wootton HS)
Sound Designer: Ben Bradshaw (Montgomery Blair HS)
Props Designer: Lily Metzger (Einstein HS)
Light Board Operator/Crew: Keira DiGaetano (Richard Montgomery HS)
Sound Board Operator/Crew: Julia Matney (Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS)
Production Associates: Ben Beriss (Montgomery Blair HS), Derek Lamb (Montgomery Blair HS)
Technical Associate: Declan Conditt (John F. Kennedy HS)

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