Founded in 1998, by Niki and Jorge Cousineau, Subcircle’s work transforms theatrical and site-specific spaces, merging dance, sound, set design, lighting and film. Whether site-specific or performance for the stage, the work aims to convey to audience and performer alike – an inseparability of performance from environment. Subcircle is interested in ways of taking things out of their normal context – placing them differently, slightly skewed or distorted.  It is through this process that the goal remains – to test people’s ideas of where they see dance and theater, how and most importantly, why; and while doing so challenging them to be more than a passive audience member. In 2014 choreographer and performer Scott McPheeters joined the Cousineau’s as a co-director. Along with their artistic work in Philadelphia, together they have purchased a farm in Biddeford Maine which they will develop into an artists’ residency and retreat center over the next five years.

With collaboration at its core, the company has worked with choreographer/director Carol Brown (London/New Zealand), composer Toby Twining, actor Geoff Sobelle, choreographers Darla Stanley and Gin MacCallum among others. Some of their works include Just Between Me (2001), Crevice (2003), Somewhere Close to Now (2005), Only Sleeping (2010) and SEED (2011). Subcircle’s work has been performed throughout Germany in Potsdam, Berlin, Dresden and Broellin, where they participated in the Body and Landscape Residency at the International Theater Research Center Schloss Broellin. In Philadelphia, they have been presented in DanceBoom, the nEW Festival, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, and Blindspot. Subcircle’s dance film HERE was presented at the Michener Museum as part of the exhibit Lucid Dreaming and in 2012 they were part of the national dance film platform: Dances Made to Order.



Niki Cousineau is a Philadelphia based choreographer and dancer. She is the co-director of Subcircle, a company she founded with Jorge Cousineau in 1998. As a performer she often works with headlong dance theater and nichole canuso dance company. Niki is a 2007 Pew Fellow and was a Choreographic Fellow at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography in 2012.


Scott McPheeters is a co-director of Subcircle as well as a freelance performer, choreographer, and teacher. He performs regularly with Nichole Canuso Dance Company and, in the past, has worked consistently with Philadelphia companies and individuals including The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Kun-Yang Lin / Dancers, Enchantment Theatre Company, and Marianela Boan (BoanDanz Action). He has taught as adjunct faculty at Temple University and as a guest artist at Swarthmore College, Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Richard Stockton College, Georgian Court University, Drexel University, and University of the Arts. He is also the founder of Tamarack Botanicals, a herbal cosmetics company.