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Catch Evelyn Digirolamo in Sandbox Theatre’s The Little Pilot this month!


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.

Evelyn Digirolamo‘s dream project of incorporating aerial silks into ensemble-created narrative is happening! The play is called The Little Pilot and will be presented by Sandbox Theatre from September 11-October 4 at the Southern Theater. It is a whimsical retelling of the life of Antoine Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. Evie helped conceive and shape the piece, and will also be performing.

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 will share an excerpt from her play ENCYCLOPEDIA as part of the Playwrights’ Center Taste of the Season fundraiser on September 27 & 28.

Julie Kurtz is performing in the North American premiere and first theatrical run of Fortune’s Fool Theatre’s Why We Laugh at Open Eye Figure Theatre from September 12-27. The production is a new adaptation of Laugh with Us!, a cabaret written and performed in 1944 in the World War II Jewish Ghetto at Terezín. In playwright Kira Obolensky’s new adaptation, characters based on the original performers encounter “the scholar,” a theater historian from our present, and are confronted with difficult questions: Why did the Terezín prisoners laugh, and what does that laughter mean to us today? The show features music by Craig Harris and is directed by Hayley Finn.

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 Grinnell, Iowa; Collegeville, MN; and St. Peter, MN. Get the latest on all of Norah’s many projects at

Leslye Orr is the Emcee and Artistic Coordinator for the statewide Minnesota Arts Access Chautauqua on September 25-26 at the Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts in Minneapolis. Leslye notes, “This is a newsworthy event because it’s basically the first time since 1992 that our state’s arts and disability communities have gathered to talk about the specific issues related to performing, exhibiting or attending arts events if you’re a person with a disability.” The entire convening is open to the public, but registration is required.

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 Grinnell, Iowa; Collegeville, MN; and St. Peter, MN.