The American theatre has a long history of racism and white supremacy. That sucks. Taffety Punk is inspired by the punk rock ethics of anti-authoritarianism, anti-consumerism, feminism, collective organization, and DIY producing. Anti-racism should always have been on that list. We will rebel against white supremacy in the theatre, in the country, and in ourselves by maintaining a company that reflects and supports the community we live in. Every decision we make, about the stories we tell, the artists we champion, our leadership, and our methods, will be guided by the question: “Is it radically inclusive?”

Exploring Shakespeare:
The Comedy of Errors

With company member Esther Williamson

Mondays  OR  Tuesdays
Sep 6 10 through Oct 11
7:00-9:30 pm EST

Continuing her popular class series, Esther is delighted to offer another round of her Exploring Shakespeare program. This time it’s Exploring Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors.

In this six-week Zoom-based class, participants will read the play aloud, stopping along the way to investigate all of the tools that Shakespeare uses to communicate. We’ll look at rhythm, rhetoric, and hidden clues for actors. We'll dig into themes, character development, and production considerations as well.

This class is intended for all types of language enthusiasts. Actors, playwrights, directors, educators, and free-range word nerds are all welcome. Classes start September 6 and students can choose between Monday or Tuesday nights. For more information, please visit

Company members Chad Clark and Erin Mitchell Nelson are featured on Bandcamp Daily. Read and listen here.

A comprehensive and thorough look at their work throughout the pandemic, Erin and Chad discuss Beauty Pill’s creative drive and last year’s three releases, including the score for Taffety Punk's dance play Sorry You’re Here.

Company members Erin and chad featured on Bandcamp Daily April 7, 2021

Shows are postponed, but...

We have some social-distance friendly material, like this new Beauty Pill record which we released in February. Available on all media, but we prefer bandcamp, because the artists actually get paid. Check it out

Beauty Pill's
"Sorry You're Here"

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Digital or Vinyl, or both!  
Available on bandcamp
and all digital and streaming platforms
We released Beauty Pill's score in conjunction with the ten year anniversary performance of our original dance play Order yours today.
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"Sorry You’re Here is that rare record that doesn’t merely live up to unrealistic expectations, but in its best moments, exceeds them."
—Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK

"The record resists concise description, every song as eclectic as it is evocative, beauty brushing against brutality, the classical and the cutting-edge intertwined in infinite variations. "
—M. L. Rio, The Vinyl District

"Chad Clark reveals once again why he's one of the best composers working in DC, if not America, at the moment."
—Glenn Griffith, A Pessimest Is Never Disappointed

Shows are postponed, but...

Please enjoy the video below.

This is a project we come back to from time to time. And it is a great preview for what is to come. Stay with us. There will be more and more soon.


by Sylvia Plath

Read by Lise Bruneau
Choreography by Erin Mitchell Nelson
Music and sound by Marcus Kyd
Directed by Joel David Santner

You can always help the punks' mission.

In fact we need you. Contribute today to keep these punks rockin'.

"The most vital of the city's small troupes."

—The Washington Post

A toast, from us to you

A year and a month ago, the cancellations started. The doors of theatres closed. Artists were sent home. Not one of us expected the doors would be shut this long.

We just want to offer this toast to you all: for your glorious patience, your diligence, your support, and your health.

There is a light at the end of this tunnel. Stay safe. Wear your mask. Get vaccinated when you can. We can't wait to see you again.

Still in the works... but waiting to confirm dates

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at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street SE WDC 20003

info on production pending

Tickets available soon

It starts with a rain like no other rain. Four neighbors find themselves forced to help each other when their building is overwhelmed by a deluge. They climb onto a sculpture and float out on a new sea. The adventure that ensues challenges each of them as they come face to face with  their deepest fears. In the belly of a whale, the greatest challenge awaits you.

Taffety Punk's company members act, dance, and make music. Sometimes we do all three at once. 

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Theatre in Residence at the

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

A Place where the Arts Connect and Transform People

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