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.
Nikki Abramson is working with Wonderlust Productions on The Adoption Play Project. Two FREE public readings of the current script will be presented on Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31, both 3pm, at Augsburg College’s Foss Center.
Sarah Brown is performing in Ka-Baam! The Improvised Comic Book, created by Marvel Comics editor Steve Wacker – the improvised golden age comic book at HUGE Theater, every Saturday night at 8pm in May and June. “You give us the names of 3 superheroes that do not (yet) exist and we will show you their origin stories and their team adventure against a supervillain created by our resident comic artist!”
Evelyn Digirolamo is performing in Sandbox Theatre’s WAR WITH THE NEWTS, presented at Park Square Theatre May 13-30. “Sandbox brings rich, visual storytelling to an all new ensemble-created exploration of Karel Čapek’s 1936 sociopolitical sci-fi tale of corruption, selfishness and absurdism. Told with Sandbox’s signature stylized design, movement and language, War With the Newts promises a sprawling, sharp-witted commentary on profit-first economies, the dangers of pride and nationalism, and a stern warning of our self-destructive nature.”
Charles Fraser continues to perform in The Diary of Anne Frank at Park Square Theatre, through May 15. He is also directing his children’s performance pieces Mother Goose on the Loose and Mental Floss at the Phipps Center in Hudson, Wisconsin, on May 2. His acting students at Concordia University will perform in select scenes during the Spring Student Showcase at Pearson Theatre on May 4. He is also the stage manager for The Language Archive performing at Park Square Theatre, May 8-31.
Dylan Fresco’s Arts on Chicago project with students at Minneapolis Transition Plus and fellow UA Teaching Artists Anton Jones and Lindsey Samples continues, and will culminate this month in students distributing postcards throughout the neighborhood that include selections of poetry that was collaboratively written during the residency. Dylan also is producing and performing in an artists panel with the United Theological Seminary as part of their annual alumni event, whose theme is “Faithful Leadership in a Multifaith World.” The panel will bring together artists of different faiths to share some of their work and speak about living in Minnesota.
Rachel Jendrzejewski is 1 of 4 writers who created projects for The Laureate Lounge, a participatory space accompanying the exhibit Nobel Creations: Inspired by the Nobel Prize at the American Swedish Institute (ASI), open through May 24. Rachel will be helping activate the Lounge with some extra fun activities during ASI’s Cocktails at the Castle: Dynamite Night party on May 15 from 7-11pm.
Anton Jones is collaborating on Dylan Fresco’s Arts on Chicago project with students at Minneapolis Transition Plus, which will culminate this month in students distributing postcards throughout the neighborhood that include selections of poetry that was collaboratively written during the residency.
Norah Long is grateful to be very busy! On May 8-9, she will present Adventures in Childhood at Paradise Center for the Arts in Fairbault, a new family theater-concert conceived, produced, directed, and performed by Norah along with her team of Imaginators – leading audiences on a magical interactive adventure of songs, poems, and stories from animated movies, children’s classics, and children themselves. On May 15-16, Norah will perform the role of Hanka Ordonowna, Poland’s brightest cabaret star, in a staged reading of Chopin’s Heart, a new musical by Gary Rue and Daniel Pinkerton, at Open Eye Figure Theatre; and from May 19-24, she will return to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s Mary Poppins, as the beloved Bird Woman singing “Feed the Birds.” Norah also is beginning workshops for Tiger Lion Arts’ summer tour of Nature.
Lindsey Samples is collaborating on Dylan Fresco’s Arts on Chicago project with students at Minneapolis Transition Plus, which will culminate this month in students distributing postcards throughout the neighborhood that include selections of poetry that was collaboratively written during the residency.