Masa performing with Nenkin Butoh Dan

Don’t miss UA Teaching Artist Masa Kawahara in Nenkin Jam Vol. 6 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.

Sarah Brown is performing in Family Dinner, the improvised family holiday gathering that happens every Friday and Saturday night in November, 8PM, at Huge Theater!

Charles Fraser is the adjunct professor of improvisation at Concordia University in St. Paul.  His students, The Idiot Squad, will be featured in the Fall Student Showcase at E. M. Pearson Theatre on December 14. He also continues to perform in The Buddy Holly Story at the History Theatre until December 20.

Dylan Fresco will perform as part of The Encyclopedia Show at Kieran’s Irish Pub on Sunday, December 13, a live variety extravaganza of curated, fact-based art rooted in a different verbal encyclopedia entry every month. The December show’s theme is “Cheerleading,” so Dylan will be cooking up something “musical, happy-making, and interactive” for his 5-7 minute slot.

Rachel Jendrzejewski is writing a new play for Red Eye Theater, to premiere in Fall 2016. Anyone interested in new play development is invited to a reading of the first draft of the script at Red Eye on Monday, December 14, 8pm. FREE, no RSVP necessary!

Masa Kawahara is performing in Nenkin Jam Vol. 6: LIFE/Dismantled with fellow Nenkin Butoh Dan member Dustin Maxwell. Through deconstructing the memories of their lives, they explore deeper meaning of “self” and beyond. Tuesday, December 15, 8pm at Heart of Tao Resonance Art, 2322 Garfield St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418. Space is limited. RESERVATION REQUIRED! For more information please contact Gadu at [email protected] or call 612-703-7501.

Alyce Kuenzli continues to raise funds for her Source of Confidence expedition, curriculum development, and outreach efforts. In May of 2016, she and Lisa Pugh will begin a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to become the first all-female group to canoe the fourth longest river system in the world. They have partnered with The Wilderness Classroom and will use the expedition to inspire and teach girls and women to discover their own sources of confidence, using adventure learning.

Julie Kurtz is performing in Fidgety Fairy Tales as part of the Nautilus Rough Cuts series on December 14 & 15. Once upon a time, familiar fairy tales were re-imagined to show positive portrayals of children with mental health disorders to raise awareness and reduce stigma! 7:30pm at Nautilus Music Theater Studio (on 12/14) and in the music building on the campus of Augsburg College (on 12/15), with free cookies and milk. Seating is limited: Call 651-298-9913 for details and reservations, or e-mail [email protected]

Norah Long is playing Mother Superior in Sister Act at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, running 8 shows per week through February 2016! She also is teaching a full roster of 26 private acting, voice, and piano students at North Central University. Get the latest on all of Norah’s many projects at