The Mayhem Returns!

Tiny Mayhem is a contemporary performance series produced in partnership with NHTP Company Artist Emily Karel. Originally produced at the Red Door, in Portsmouth NH in the summer of 2015, the events are an eclectic assortment of theatre, dance, music and drinks curated to create a one-of-a-kind night. 

As well as being a night for audiences to experience something a little different, Tiny Mayhem helps makers in all disciplines, find collaborators and space to explore new performative work. The evening of short performances will be presented online.

Tiny Mayhem has found a new home at New Hampshire Theatre Project and it’s first event will take place on Friday, December 11th at 8pm. Check out this link to purchase tickets!

The line up includes:

NUT FREE: a short play by Amy Desrosiers with Katie Juster, Brett Reis & Kathleen Somssich
HARD TIMES: dance film by Anthony Bounphakhom & Sarah Duclos
HARD LESSONS: a short play by Adam LaFramboise with Katie Gall
TIME IS NOT: animation by Sam Paolini with Sylvea Suydam & Andrew Paolini
THE NOSE: a monologue by Stephanie Lazenby
GRAVITY OF NOW: poetry by Mike Nelson with animation by Catherine Stewart
IF UP’S THE WORD: music by Jonny Peiffer, Zach Lange, and Mike Effenberger, words by e.e.cummings. 

And special guest host Michael Towle as Clive Tenderly. You may remember Michael as Sir Guy in SHERWOOD: The Adventures of Robin Hood during our 2019 – 2020 MainStage Season. 

The showcase of new performance work by emerging and established makers will include NHTP Company Artists and individuals selected from an Open Call for Work.  The Open Call runs October 14th through May 2nd 11.59pm  (EST). Please submit your work through this form.  If you have questions about your submission, or the Tiny Mayhem please contact NHTP’s Artistic Director, Catherine Stewart through this link. 

Tiny Mayhem will occur throughout the year, with dates scheduled February 12 (Theme: Date Night), April 23 (Theme: Odd One Out)  and June 11, 2021 (Theme: Did I Say That?).

Tiny Mayhem is part of New Hampshire Theatre Projects’s 2020 – 2021 Season, which includes brand new one-person shows as part of SoloStage, virtual playreadings, and the premiere of our new devised play We Don’t Know What This Is Yet. Check out the rest of our season for information about purchasing tickets and ways to get involved!

Next Show – AUGUST 11TH

Ever wanted to join the Circus..?

Step out of reality and into the House of Mirrors as our Ringmaster guides you through an evening of theatre, dance, music and a tiny bit of mayhem. But be warned, all is hardly ever as it seems at the Circus. What is hiding behind your mask?

Come be a part of our last event of the spring/summer season! Featuring Teddi Kenick-Bailey, Mike Nelson, Hio Ridge Dance, Sarah Duclos of Neoteric Dance Collaborative, Dan Beaulieu of Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, Cora Paradiso, Emily Karel, and much much more!

CJ Lewis will also be again leading The Tiny Mayhem House Band!

Tiny Mayhem is Coming…

Tiny Mayhem will return to The Red Door, 107 State Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 on Tuesday, June 9th with more contemporary works of theatre, art and dance at 8pm, doors at 7.30pm.

Tiny Mayhem is a new series workshops, interventions and events created to help makers, in all disciplines, find collaborators and space to explore new performative work. The evening of short performances are free and open to the public, held on the second Tuesday in April, June and August they showcase new performance work by emerging and established makers. Tiny Mayhem’s first season will run throughout the Summer of 2015.

Who is performing in June – we’ll we will be telling you soon! (Or you can check out FACEBOOK)


In case you don’t follow us on Instragram, here’s the skinny:

Due to a scheduling conflict at The Red Door, Tiny Mayhem’s May show has been cancelled..

The extra weeks have given us time to reflect on where Tiny Mayhem is going, what Tiny Mayhem is. This lead to some adventures, those lead to some pictures. Find the body of them on our Instagram, but here are some faves:


(Justin’s afraid of heights — so we took him to the top of the Prudential)


(Can an organized body of peaceful people be Tiny Mayhem too?)


(This fire hydrant — stopping forest fires in their tracks.)


Dangerous Waters

The Making of The Posters for Tiny Mayhem

Let’s walk through how our striking posters (soon to be up everywhere) came to be. See the first one at the bottom of this post!

Step 1:  Lots of Meetings

Before Tiny Mayhem, much of the gang hadn’t met or worked together. That means we had to meet a lot to make up for it.



(note the stain in the upper right, made during a dinner meeting at Street in Portsmouth)

We knew there would be body paint early on. More on what the “other” event is in the coming weeks! We also knew we wanted engaging and interesting art & photography to be a part of the Tiny Mayhem experience, even outside of performances.

From there the idea to do the 6 different shots came to be.

Step 2: Mock It Up!

Then we drew that shizz! Will there be a bomb in an upcoming Tiny Mayhem poster? You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled!!


Special Note: At some point in here we made Tiny Mayhem’s logo.


Photo of and by the lovely Cora Paradiso. (

Step 3: Paint & Shoot

Here is Justin’s paint station at Bill Truslow Photography ( in Portsmouth.  He maintains that it was all really hard work painting people all day. Fun fact: red, black & yellow go on like champs. Blue, purple and pink, a bit trickier.



Step 4: Distribute Everywhere!

This step is the one we’re still on. In the meantime..


Big thanks to our model, Roni Reino!! (


Check back to see how the rest of the shoot and posters came out!