Confessions of a Butter Princess

Chris Garza is directing a show about butter princesses in outer space!


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.

Chris Garza, our newest team member, is directing a fringe show about butter princesses set in outer space called Confessions Of A Butter Princess or Why The Cow Jumped Over the Moonopening July 31 at Theatre in the Round. “On the planet Ceres, a Cow, and a Queen are trying to escape the wrath of the Princess Kay Chorus. Butter means life or death – okay, mostly death, in this comedy full of eccentric characters and dairy art.”

Rachel Jendrzejewski is part of the cohort behind Together Held, a creative exchange happening at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota through September 15, in partnership with Forecast Public Art. Anyone can participate at the clinic or online. She also wrote an essay about her work with SuperGroup for Innovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Theatre and Performance, edited by Caridad Svich and published this month by Theatre Communications Group.

Masanari Kawahara will be showing new paintings at Workhorse Coffee Bar in a show titled, “New Paintings by Masanari Kawahara: Summer Collection 2015” through the end of August. The opening reception is Saturday, July 25, from 2-4pm.

Alyce Kuenzli and her friend Lisa Pugh have begun planning an extraordinary expedition that they will take in May 2016 – canoeing 4,000 miles, source-to-sea, on the Jefferson, Missouri, and Mississippi Rivers! Starting in Bowers Spring, Montana and ending in the Gulf of Mexico, this is the fourth longest waterway system in the world. Using Adventure Learning models, they aim to inspire girls and women to take positive risks, in order to build confidence and pursue their dreams. Alyce and Lisa currently are entered in a contest to win $10,000 to fund this expedition. You can vote online every day, until July 21, to help them win:

Norah Long is performing alongside fellow UA Teaching Artist Matt Sciple in Tiger Lion Arts’ summer tour of Natureas well as leading Community Choruses for the show in each location. This month, the tour will visit Theatre L’Homme Dieu (Alexandria) and Itasca State Park (Park Rapids)! Get the latest on all of Norah’s many projects at

Matt Sciple is performing alongside fellow UA Teaching Artist Norah Long in Tiger Lion Arts’ summer tour of Nature. This month, the tour will visit Theatre L’Homme Dieu (Alexandria) and Itasca State Park (Park Rapids)!