Nikki Abramson wearing a variety of nametags with different labels.

Teaching Artist Nikki Abramson presents Beyond Limits, an expanded Fringe show based on her story at the Ritz Theater Studio August 3-13.

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.

Nikki Abramson presents Beyond Limits as part of the Fringe Festival, a show based on her story and expanded to a six-person cast from her one-woman show No Limits, which got a five-star rating last year. Directed by former Upstream Arts Teaching Artist Charles Fraser, the show talks about overcoming adversity, specifically dealing with disabilities and adoption.

Aaron Fiskradatz is directing Peter Pan: In Our Own Words at Lakeshore Players Theatre of White Bear Lake, opening July 28.  The production runs for two weekends and features the work of students grades 6-12 as actors, technicians, and–for the first year ever of the Summer Youth Players program–as playwrights!

Masa Kawahara facilitated Mu Performing Arts’ Immigrant Journey Project, which runs August 4-20 at Steppingstone Theatre For Youth Development. Created by CHAT, Hmong Elder Center, SOY, Wilder, WISE and Mu, and directed by Randy Reyes, the show explores the 21st-century immigrant experience using puppetry, movement, and masks.

August finds Norah Long continuing as understudy for the Guthrie’s production of Sunday in the Park with George and beginning rehearsal duties as Music Director and in the role of Nature for Tiger Lion Arts‘ production of Nature. She’ll also be starting up her fall teaching semester at North Central University (approximately 50 private lessons each week!) and continuing as weekly Saturday/Sunday soloist at St. Philip the Deacon ELCA Church in Plymouth. Not busy at all…

Sarah Richardson is in a production of Much Ado About Nothing in the MN Fringe Festival in early August. Then she’ll be going into rehearsals for WLDRNSS (Jon Ferguson)’s next show at the Southern Theatre, When I Nod My Head You Hit It With the Hammer, as co-director.