Hello and welcome! My name is Evan, and I made this website. This site is a resource for anyone interested in learning about the adventures of Shiprock & Anchordog. The two dogs travel together across enchanted landscapes, and make many friends as they go.
Shiprock and Anchordog explore the magical dimensions of love, compassion, friendship, and community. They are teachers and adventurers and true friends.
This site and all of its contents are free and intended for all ages. Everything here is independently created, produced and published by Shiprock and Anchordog and friends. There is nothing to buy here. You will find no ads or sponsorships, since we own this platform and all its content, and since the dogs have no masters. This world is for everyone to expand and enjoy.
There are many collaborators in this project. The Shiprock & Anchordog live band is Evan, Courtney and Kat, transmitting the compassionate energy of the dogs. Evan works on creating comics, and publishing them here on the site, documenting the friendly actions of the dogs. Evan and Seana run theatre workshops, and students sign up and perform every year, embodying the adventurous spirit of the dogs.
SOME SHIPROCK & ANCHORDOG BACKSTORY:
I met Shiprock and Anchordog about ten years ago by chance, while I was in college. I was on break at work and was getting a bite to eat when I saw two dogs and asked to pet them.
The dogs were accompanied by a man named Kiini. He told me all about how he found Shiprock and Anchordog in the Southwest desert on a Navajo reservation and took them in. Shiprock is named after the sacred Navajo monument, and Anchordog is the anchor that holds the group together.
After hearing their story from their human companion, they stayed in my head. I began writing and singing about the dogs' adventures. I wanted to create a series of musicals, like a set of storybooks.
Kiini knows about the project and is very pleased with it, and has stated that the energy of the dogs is flowing through our music. He has attended our live performances and has even brought Shiprock and Anchordog, the real dogs themselves, to see several shows!
A timeline of the Shiprock & Anchordog project shows that we've had a lot of collaborators. We like to get as many people involved as possible, and since the project is multimedia, there are a lot of ways to take part.
In the fall of 2010, my good friend Lolo and I performed a musical story about Shiprock & Anchordog at a small venue in Turner's Falls, Massachusetts. Jackie, a local director/farmer, saw the show and wanted to turn it into an adventure musical about food security.
In early 2011 with assistant director Sasha, we held a weekly after-school drama workshop at the Hilltown Charter School and rehearsed with a group of students. Then we staged a rock opera in May called Shiprock & Anchordog: an Adventure Musical for All Ages. Later in 2011 I teamed up with a group of keen musicians to turn that musical production into a rock opera music record with songs and skits. Local kids provided the voices of the characters in the story.
In May 2012 I released the first Shiprock & Anchordog musical story album. In June 2012 I held a new drama workshop and staged the sequel to the our adventure musical. We called it Shiprock and Anchordog Include Everyone and it included new songs as well as old, and 20 kids acting, singing and dancing. In the fall I recruited local filmmaker Lindsay and her team to create a music video for the song "Blueberries."
In early 2013 I released a S&A single produced by local music wiz Josh, called “I’m Just Like You”, and in the spring I teamed up with my old friend Greg and began the Shiprock & Anchordog comic book series. I stayed at Stone Soup Farm for two more workshops that summer and staged two productions of a rock opera called Shiprock and Anchordog and the Monster Problem. Both rock opera productions featured large groups of kids acting, singing, and dancing in the barn at Stone Soup Farm, with a live electric rock band playing the backing music. Seana joined as theatre director for the first time.
In April 2014 Greg and I released the first Shiprock & Anchordog comic to much fanfare. In the summer Seana and I staged a new summer rock opera show called Shiprock & Anchordog Meet the Dinosaurs. Courtney and I performed in the new Dinosaur rock opera as a backing music duo, with electronic beats. Late in 2014 I built this website, revamping the old S&A website.
2015 brought us a flurry of mini-grants by mid-year, and we released our crowdfunded rock opera album Include Everyone in December. I recorded and mixed the album with sampled voiceover phone recordings from over 30 fans. Our summer rock opera show was called Shiprock & Anchordog in Space and featured a group of local children acting, singing and dancing while Courtney and I led the music performances over electronic beats.
In 2016 I released a new comic with my old friend Andrew. I storyboarded the comic, and then Andrew did everything else: the drawing, inking, coloring, and lettering. Seana and I staged a new rock opera about interdimensional travel, Shiprock & Anchordog in Hyperspace, with a group of local kids and a live rock band. Throughout 2016, Courtney and I performed lots of energetic acoustic shows with occasional guest musicians.
In 2017 Seana and I staged Shiprock & Anchordog Get Energized, our 7th summer rock opera, at the Hilltown Charter School, a new venue for us. The show featured a live rock band and another big group of local kids performing. Mimi and Sophie had vocal showcases in the show, backed by a full rock band. Courtney and I began performing live shows with Kat, who rounds out the band nicely as a trio.
In 2018 I recorded and digitally released calm, ambient Shiprock & Anchordog music on this website to ease the stress and tension of any listener and help facilitate relaxation, sleep, and meditation. Seana and I staged Shiprock & Anchordog Clean Up, our 8th summer rock opera, at the Hilltown Charter School. I finished and printed the third comic book in the S&A series, written and illustrated by me. I played lots of fun shows with Courtney and Kat. It was a year of continued successes for the Shiprock & Anchordog project.
2019 is proving to be another great year for Shiprock & Anchordog. We staged our ninth annual rock musical to great acclaim and delight, and we are working on our third S&A story album and the fourth S&A comic book, and Soph has joined our live band. So there's a lot to look forward to...
"My daughter has been obsessed with the Shiprock & Anchordog album since we got it. We've been listening to certain tracks on repeat for literally hours at a time. She has changed her name to Cari, for now." - J. T.
"Shiprock & Anchordog isn't flashy or loud; it's gentle and sweet and engaging. It's testament to the fact that kids absolutely can appreciate subtle storytelling when it comes from a place of authenticity. It'll be fun to see what they do next." - Bill Childs, of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child