Altered Esthetics, featuring work by Dylan Fresco this month (photo via kenfriberg)


Our Teaching Artists and Staff are involved in a wide range of professional projects outside of their work with Upstream Arts. Each month, we post opportunities to see their performances, exhibitions, and other events around the Twin Cities and beyond. Click on the links below to learn more.


Charles Fraser teaches improvisation at Concordia University, and the improv troupe he leads will be a part of Shakespeare Under the Stars at Frauenshuh Amphitheatre on September 26.

Dylan Fresco will be performing at the opening of Fabled at Altered Esthetics, a community-based gallery in NE Minneapolis. In this exhibition, a diverse representation of  Twin Cities visual artists “recall the triumphs, tragedies, and happily ever afters of folklore, legends, and tall tales.” Opening night is Friday, September 6, 7-10pm; Dylan will share a short performance created specifically for Fabled around 7:30pm. He also has a piece of interactive visual artwork in the exhibit, titled “as you wish,” on view through September 26.

Rachel Jendrzejewski is participating in Emily Gastineau’s Art is Easy in 2014, a piece about immaterial labor and art economies, for the Minnesota Biennial (,,,) at the Soap Factory. The opening is September 7, 7-10pm, and the exhibit runs through November 3. She is also 1 of 3 playwrights for The Hive Project, 3 short plays about bees, in development with Padua Playwrights in Los Angeles. Public work-in-progress showings will be happening in L.A. at Silver Lake Public Library and the Wulf from September 23-28.

Don Mabley-Allen currently is preparing to perform in Dong, a new “post-folk” dance work by choreographer Anna Marie Shogren, which will be presented in New York City next month. Simple, pleasure-chasing, and ecstatic, Dong is concerned with the relationship between music and dance, playing against contemporary dance’s tendency to work in silence or in counterpoint to music, and presenting the forms as simply and naturally indivisible. Dong will be part of “DraftWorks” at Danspace on October 19.