Our History

Maria Swisher and Tana Sirois first began working together in 2008 during their University training at The Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts in England. It was working together on a devised production of Pinocchio, experimenting with the political theatre methods of Augusto Boal, that their creative relationship really began to form. In 2010, they gave a name to their collaborations, co-founding Dirt [contained] Theatre Company.

The pair traveled back to their home country of America to produce their first co-directed and co-produced production: a post apocalyptic take on Ionesco's The Chairs. They continued working together throughout their years at LIPA, both graduating with a first class BA (Hons) in Acting in 2011.

Immediately after graduation, Swisher and Sirois began working on their first large-scale show, an original science fiction play written by Swisher and directed by Sirois entitled The Last Eden. The project, supported by the Arts Council England, premiered at the Kazimier in Liverpool, United Kingdom in September of 2011.  

Dirt [contained] has also performed as a visiting company at the invitation of the Liverpool Shakespeare Festival in their collaborative production of "Come And Have A Go: Richard III" in 2011.

Tragically ripped apart by UK visa laws, Swisher and Sirois couldn't be happier to reunite in America to finally begin making theatre again in New York City. 

As their New York debut, they produced the New York premiere of Robert Shearman's Easy Laughter at The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory in NYC.


 Image courtesy of Michael Winters 

Image courtesy of Michael Winters