Hand puppet by Leslye Orr

Catch Leslye Orr at multiple events this month, including The Stuffed Animal HALLOWEEN Show!


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.


Sarah Brown will be the ASL interpreter for fellow UA Teaching Artist Leslie Orr’s solo performance, What I Thought I Saw: Random Acts of Blindness for Hennepin County employees at Minneapolis Central Library on October 1. She also is starting rehearsals for Family Dinner, the improvised family holiday gathering which will open its 3rd season in November, every Friday and Saturday night, 8PM, Huge Theater; and she is starting dance classes at Zenon.

Evelyn Digirolamo‘s dream project of incorporating aerial silks into ensemble-created narrative continues! The play is called The Little Pilot and presented by Sandbox Theatre at the Southern Theater through October 4. 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 also is performing.

Charles Fraser is the stage manager for Of Mice and Men at Park Square Theatre, October 12-30.

Matt Guidry will be in the cast of Kathryn Walat’s Small Town Values, presented on Oct 12 and Oct 16 at 7pm as part of PlayLabs at the Playwright’s Center. For more than 30 years, the PlayLabs new play festival has been energizing playwrights and wowing audiences. This year’s festival, running October 12-18, 2015, will feature intimate staged readings of three exciting new plays, brought to life by professional actors.

Rachel Jendrzejewski is bringing oneir0nautics, her ongoing project exploring dreams and their relationship to waking life, to the MPLS (imPulse)’s fall choral concert, Falling Awake for one night only on October 10, 7:30pm, at the Capri Theater. Her short play Amber also will have a reading as part of The Hive Project: 3 short plays about bees at the AASHE Conference & Expo on October 27 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Masanari Kawahara is part of 空/殻-KARA/KARA-Empty/Shell, a performance experiment presented by Nenkin Butoh Dan, where the audience creates a space for the performers, creates the sound, and defines the point of view. Using the entire space of the Southern Theater as a backdrop, the performers and audience will create this unique experience together. October 1-2, 7:30pm.

Norah Long is playing Mother Superior in Sister Act at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, opening October 30 and running through February 2016. She also is teaching a full roster of almost 2 dozen private voice students at North Central University. Get the latest on all of Norah’s many projects at http://www.norahlong.com.

Leslye Orr will perform her one-woman comedy What I Thought I Saw: Random Acts of Blindness for Hennepin County employees on October 1, from 12-2PM, at Minneapolis Central Library. On October 10, 11:15AM, she will present her children’s storytelling program An Elephant Up A Tree! at the Arlington Hills Community Center Library. Come hear her many voices and sound effects as she performs “Horton Hatches the Egg,” followed by a brief sounds-and-funny-voices demo (where you get to try some out, too)! On October 31, 11AM, at Dreamland Arts, she will present The Stuffed Animal HALLOWEEN Show, an interactive theater experience for children ages 3+ and their stuffed animals. Leslye animates the whole gang with wacky sounds and voices, while also sharing creative ideas for imaginative play. A tiny-sized tea party for all stuffed animals follows each performance. Snacks are provided and included in the price of tickets, which are $7.

Lindsey Samples is doing The Spooky Spectacular & Harvest Hullabaloo! with Mad Munchkin Productions from October 23-30. Set to tour the Twin Cities and metro area at four host venues, this year’s Hullabaloo features a familiar crew of monsters in new tales. Each stop along the tour features TWO puppet shows: The Great Candy Caper and House in Windy Hill. All shows are FREE!