Dona Pepa smearing cake frosting across her lips and beard.

Pedro Lander’s drag persona, Dona Pepa, celebrates with cake. Photo by Darin Kamnetz.

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.

Nikki Abramson is an every-other-week contributor to MN playlist. Check out her articles and reviews on, including the newest interview with fellow Teaching Artist Masa Kawahara, which can be read at

Doña Pepa, Pedro Pablo Lander’s drag persona, will be performing in Daddy on July 14. Named “Best LGBTQ event of the year” by City Pages, this dance night and performance cabaret will be taking over the main room at First Ave. Tickets available at

Abbigail Magalee is performing in her fourth show at The Ordway: Mamma Mia! This light-hearted musical opens on July 17 and runs through August 5. More information and tickets available at

Aaron Fiskradatz is directing an original student play at Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake. Students grades 6-12 have written, rehearsed, and built this comedic retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth for the annual Summer Youth Players program, currently in its 27th year. Shows run July 27 through August 5.  Tickets available at