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Don’t miss Tracey Maloney in THE GREAT DIVIDE at Pillsbury House Theatre!


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 is assistant directing for Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted by Lydia R. Diamond and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz at The Guthrie Theater. The production opens April 15 and runs through May 21.

Rachel Jendrzejewski‘s play encyclopedia was recently published by Spout Press and is available for purchase through SPD Books.

Norah Long is busy as usual! This month, she is playing three very different roles in the premiere tour of Twisted Apples: Stories from Winesburg, Ohioan opera-music theater trilogy based on Sherwood Anderson’s short stories, with Nautilus Music-Theater through April 8; rehearsing (playing violin, acting and singing) and opening the premiere of Sweet Land, the musical at History Theatre in St. Paul, which runs April 29-May 28; teaching 54 credits of theater and voice at North Central University; and singing as a soloist every weekend at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth. More at!

Abigail Magalee is thrilled to be playing Margarita (a shark girl) in West Side Story! The production runs April 4-16 at The Ordway. Abby notes, “This story is so very relevant in our current political and socioeconomic climate. It bears an important message worth seeing and sharing.”

Tracey Maloney is performing in The Great Divide: Plays for a Broken Nation, showing for two weeks only from April 19-30 at Pillsbury House Theatre. “In response to the political and personal animosity that has become our post-election reality, Pillsbury House Theatre commissioned five new 10-minute plays by local playwrights. The result is a personal, powerful and visceral reaction to questions such as ‘Are we entering our New Normal, or is this just a phase?’ and ‘Is ‘whitelash’ real, or just another piece of fake news?'” In order to further process the topics at hand, a post-show discussion will be facilitated after every performance.

Lindsey Samples is an assistant artist on a section of the 43rd Annual MayDay Parade! Public community workshops start April 8 and continue through the month of April on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as on Saturday mornings and afternoons, at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.