House of Dance
At a tap dance studio in a small town, four characters prepare for a competition. As the instructor teaches a new routine, tensions flare and dead dreams fly back to life. Unfolding in real-time, dance sections become more virtuosic, piano accompaniment evolves into full-blown songs, and interactions between characters heighten as they attempt to communicate and define themselves in the context of others.

Written and Directed by Tina Satter

Martle: Jim Fletcher
Lee: Jess Barbagallo
Joel: Paul Pontrelli
Brendan: Elizabeth DeMent

Set: Andreea Mincic
Lights: Zack Tinkelman
Costumes: Enver Chakartash
Producer: Richard Maxwell
Associate Producer: Lindsay Hockaday
Composer/Music Director: Chris Giarmo
Choreography: Hannah Heller
Stage Manager: Randi Rivera

Production History

Bard College at Simon’s Rock, MASS LIVE ARTS, Great Barrington 2013
Abrons Arts Center, New York 2013
COIL Festival at Abrons Arts Center, New York 2014
Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Zurich 2014
The Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival, Kyoto 2014
Culturgest, Lisbon 2015


A Tap-Dancer in Training With Hopes as High as Falling Stars, The New York Times, 2013
Review: House of Dance, StageBuddy, 2013
House of Dance, Time Out New York, 2013
Olivia Jane Smith on Tina Satter’s House of Dance at the Abrons Arts Center, New York Theatre Review, 2013


A co-production with New York City Players in collaboration with Half Straddle. Residency Support provided by Abrons Arts Center and Mass Live Arts.
Made possible with support from The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.