The promotional post card for Puppet Lab 2018, featuring 4 images of puppets with text: Puppet Lab 2018 / Shelby Richardson / Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra & Magdalena Kaluza / Elle Thoni / Michele Spaise

The 2018 PuppetLab postcard, featuring UA Teaching Artist Michele Spaise.

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 as well as notable accomplishments.

Aaron Fiskradatz has helped to put together a production of more than 50 students and professional artists! From March 8 to 11, the students of Matoska International Elementary School in White Bear Lake will dogpile onto the Lakeshore Players stage for 4 performances of 101 Dalmatians KIDS at White Bear Lake’s historic community theatre. Tickets available at

The Great Divide runs March 14-31 and includes a play by Upstream Arts Apprentice Tim Lord. It also features actor and Teaching Artist Tracey Maloney in explorations of the divided nation through the lens of “truth.”

Lindsey Samples is directing Ifrah Mansour’s How to Have Fun in a Civil War at the Guthrie (more info HERE), as well as assistant directing Familiar by Danai Gurira at the Guthrie (more info HERE). She is also involved in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, performed by middle schoolers at FAIR School Crystal in conjunction with Stages Theatre Company. Shows are March 16 and 17 at 7pm and March 18 at 2pm.

Michele Spaise will be presenting Light Camera Rappers, a work in progress as part of Puppet Lab 2018 at In the Heart of the Beast.  Exploring trauma as a catalyst for healing through an experiential installation with puppetry, light, projection, sound and ritual, the show runs March 23 and 24 at 7:30pm and March 25 at 2:30pm.

Nikki Abramson is performing with Lightening Rod with Patrick’s Cabaret on Friday March 30. One of the last show produced by Patrick’s Cabaret, Lightening Rod is written, directed, and produced within a week.