Teaching Artist Masa Kawahari performs in Speechless.

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.

Dylan Fresco will be a featured performer in “What’s Your Story?” an evening of story and song exploring identity and self-discovery touching on culture, race, ethnicity, and sexuality. Thursday, May 3rd at the Bryant Lake Bowl, 7pm show.Tickets available here. More information available here.

Lindsey Samples has been working with classrooms at Anishinabe Academy and Evergreen Park World Cultures School for the entire academic year. Her students are performing in the Crossing Bridges Festival at the Children’s Theatre Company, where all the participating classrooms across the metro area perform their own 10 minute play on the CTC MainStage. Join the gathering to honor and celebrate the voices of young people! Free and open to the public: May 7, 8, 15 and 16 at 6pm. More info here.

Masa Kawahari is returning as a cast member of acclaimed show Speechless by The Moving Company, opening on May 10 and running through June 10, 2018 at The Lab Theater. Speechless is a beautiful and poignant show that resonates with the current environment in US.

Nikki Abramson is directing Seussical Jr at Hillcrest Community School (3rd-5th graders) in Bloomington. See this hard-working cast tell a story about Seuss on May 17 and May 18 at 7pm. Tickets are free.

Pedro Lander presents Noche Bomba, a journey into his latinx gender and sexuality evolution through drag, movement expression, text, social dance as part of Q Stage Set A on May 17, 18, and 19. Presented by 20% Theatre at the Phoenix. $5-25 sliding scale. More info here. Pedro also continues DRAG STORY HOUR with an All Stars Edition for kids of ALL ages on May 26 from 10:30am-11:30am at the Pillsbury House Theatre with Emily Zimmer, Jen Scott, Masanari Kawahara, Pedro Lander, and Siddeeqah Shabazz.

Sara Richardson is finishing up the semester at MCAD (with just 2 more to go after this!) and starting rehearsals later in the month for Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at Park Square, directed by fellow teaching artist Theo Langason!