Nice and Fresh Spring Series at Cliveden!

KKS_Disappearing ActOlive Prince Dance
The Naked Stark
Josh McIlvain/SmokeyScout Productions
Yolanda Wisher and the Quick Fixx

 at April’s Nice and Fresh!

We are extremely pleased to announce that the Nice and Fresh performing art series of new works of theater, dance and circus arts has a special home this spring on the historical grounds of Cliveden, who have generously offered us performance space for shows in April and May!

Little Sister Plays GuitarNice and Fresh: April

6401 Germantown Avenue
Germantown, Philadelphia
April 10 + 11, 2015


Little Sister _5312Little Sister Plays Guitar / SmokeyScout Productions / performed by Julius Ferraro, Anna Flynn-Meketon, Francesca Piccioni; written and directed by Josh McIlvain. In short: A guy goes to check out the concert of his (long-ago) ex-girlfriend’s sister in the hopes of striking up a friendship.

KatherineKSDisappearing Act / The Naked Stark/ Choreographed and performed by Katherine Kiefer Stark / Music created and performed by Bethany Brooks. In short: Katherine Kiefer Stark falls, winds, and slips through a wall of her own making in her new duet with pianist Bethany Brooks, Disappearing Act, a collision of her passion for the mundane in art and her fear of being consumed by the mundane in life. Photo: Ben Jordan.

Almanac_5234New Work / Almanac / Created and performed by Nicole Burgio, Ben Grinberg, Adam Kerbel, Nick Gillette. In short: Almanac premieres new works from their upcoming circus dance theater show Leaps of Faith: expect humor, hair raising physicality, and pushing the boundaries of the bizarre.

Olive_Prince_Dance_Johanna_Austin_017Two New Dances / Olive Prince Dance / choreography by Olive Prince, dancers: Wally Carbonell, Emily Reynolds, Caroline O’Brein, Brandi Ou, Olive Prince. In short: Choreographer Olive Prince shows off two new dances she’s been working on, one a solo (Friday night only) and one a group work (Saturday performances only). Inspired by unions, separations, hair portraits, love letters, and a clutter of old chairs. Photo: Johanna Austin.

YolandaYolanda Wisher and the Quick Fixx (Friday night only!) / Yolanda Wisher brings her blues and jazz band to Nice and Fresh to debut new songs. The soulful songstress is also a poet and educator. Her first book of poetry, Monk Eats an Afro, was published by Hanging Loose Press in May 2014. Photo: Mark Palacio.



Nice and Fresh: May

6401 Germantown Avenue
Germantown, Philadelphia
May 22 + 23, 2015

Nice and Fresh is a monthly performing arts series that features new works from Philadelphia-based (and beyond) theater, dance, and circus arts companies at venues in Northwest Philadelphia. Each show features four artists/companies performing new and original 10- to 15-minute works in a variety of styles and artistic disciplines. Read the reviews and press.

“‘Nice and Fresh’ curated show series gains popularity in Northwest Philly.” read the article about January’s show by Alaina Mabaso in WHYY NewsWorks!


Cliveden, one of America’s most well-preserved historic sites, is located in Historic Germantown, Philadelphia, on 5 acres of land right off of Germantown Avenue. The 1767 building, site of the Battle of Germantown, remains one of the nation’s best-documented and least-altered colonial houses.



Photo: Johanna Austin.


Nice and Fresh: February!

sandraDavisspoonsPhoto (above): Bill Hebert.

Friday February 27 at 6pm + 8pm
Saturday February 28 at 6pm + 8pm

Moving Arts of Mount Airy
Greene St and Carpenter La
Mt Airy (across from the Co-op), Philadelphia

A great show, thanks for coming!

Sarah and Anna

Magick and Glitter
Hella Fresh Theater / performed by Anna Flynn-Meketon and Sarah Knittel; written by John Rosenberg. In short: A sorority girl who wants Magick the Magician’s to autograph her teddy bear befriends the magician’s assistant.

Created and performed by Megan Mazarick. In short: An evolving solo dance by Megan Mazarick, “When I was in Egypt in 2014 I finally figured out I am a lady. I know, right? How depressing. So part of making this solo is about being unlady-like or facing female identity in new ways.”

Lords of the Universe or FIVE YEARS IS TOO LONG TO WORK HERE
SmokeyScout Productions / performed by Fred Brown and josh McIlvain; written and directed by Josh McIlvain. In short: Two men lord over the masses from their perch at a café, overly obsessed with the girls who make their coffee, and a belief that they are still in the game.

Where are the Spoons?
Flower in the Storm
SHARP Dance Company / Choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin / Dancers: Joe Cicala, Sandra Davis, Sophie Malin, Miguel Quinones, Kate Rast. In short: Two short works from the modern dance company, one solo from there upcoming show, one a group piece about being on the wrong end of rage.



Nice and Fresh January 2015

It’s a new year and we’ve got a new . . .

Postcard front

Melissa Krodman, photo by Chris Chen

Nice and Fresh January

Pop Up Performances of New Theater, Dance and Circus Arts

Missed the show? Read all about it in this article by Alaina Mabaso in NewsWorks!

At the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts 5900A Greene St (entrance on Rittenhouse) Germantown, Philadelphia Enjoy these new creations . . . The Beauty Of The Program Is_Deborah Crocker_photo by Said Johnson_4962 copy The Beauty Of The Program Is SmokeyScout Productions Performed by Deborah Crocker, written and directed by Josh McIlvain. “McIlvain’s plays are snapshots of the lives that lie behind the lighted windows of the houses we walk by at night. They are about the coping mechanisms people develop to handle everyday pressures.” Jake Blumgart, The Philadelphia Inquirer Mumuration show photo LOOKS LIKE EVERYONE HAS LEFT Murmuration Theater Performed and created by Nell Bang-Jensen, Brian Ratcliffe, and Isa St. Clair; directed by Craig Getting; written by Jessie Bear. Tangle Movement Arts 1 Touch and Unwind Rewind Created and performed by Tangle Movement Arts Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with an interdisciplinary focus. “Tangle Movement Arts has a record of quality-yet-accessible shows—simultaneously lovely and exhilarating.” Julie Zeglen, Philadelphia City Paper MK Bio Headshot Sunny Days with Sea-Side Simon Created and performed by Melissa Krodman. All works are about 15 minutes. Entire show is 65 minutes. Advisory: For mature audiences. Not a kids show!

SLIDESHOW Returns in 2015


“The punchy-colored slides and humorous yet heartfelt prose McIlvain recites is as uncanny and nostalgic as some of our own family scrapbooks.” Philadelphia City Paper

“Ingenious travel down memory lane!” Stage Magazine

We had two special house shows in Philadelphia in December and look forward to more performances in 2015 in New York, Philly, and beyond!

From the 1950s through the 1980s, the slideshow was a staple of American life. SLIDESHOW drops audiences back into the time of Kodachrome colors, weaving a fictional family history around strangers’ real slides of long ago vacations. A bizarre, funny, and disturbing work that recreates a bygone ritual, and delves into the lost aspirations of American life. SLIDESHOW recently debuted at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival to critical acclaim and sold out performances.

Slideshow_Josh McIlvain_photo by Deborah Crocker_1


Nice and Fresh December

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Featured performances and creations by Putty Dance Project, Hella Fresh Theater, Almanac, and SmokeyScout Productions. A great time had by all. Above, Brent White and Lauren Putty White of Putty Dance Project performing Emoticon.

Friday December 5 at 6pm and 8pm

Saturday December 6 at 6pm and 8pm

Moving Arts of Mount Airy
6819 Greene Street
Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA


Promo photo of Sarah Knittel for her role as Joni in Joni and the Doorman, which also featured Ethan Lipkin and was written and directed by Josh McIlvain of SmokeyScout Productions. Photo: Said Johnson



“The punchy-colored slides and humorous yet heartfelt prose McIlvain recites is as uncanny and nostalgic as some of our own family scrapbooks.” Philadelphia City Paper

“Ingenious travel down memory lane!” Stage Magazine

2 special house shows in Philadelphia this holiday season!

Wednesday December 17 at 8pm

Thursday December 18 at 8pm

Chris the Brit’s House, South and Front Street (exact address provided after ticket purchase).

$10 / / Extremely limited seating, must purchase in advance.

Nice and Fresh: November

Nice and Fresh: November


November 15 at 6pm + 8pm November 16 at 6pm + 8pm


Featured New Creations by

Alex Dremann
Megan Flynn (Saturday only)
Josh McIlvain
Shannon Murphy
Teresa VanDenend Sorge (Friday only)

Moving Arts of Mount Airy 
Greene Street and Carpenter Lane
(across from Weavers Way Co-Op in beautiful Mount Airy), Philadelphia, PA.

Art for the price of a sandwich!

Photo by Bill Hebert.

Photo by Bill Hebert.