UPSTREAM THEATER

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 300006 St Louis MO 63130 USA

Mission: Upstream Theater is a professional production company dedicated to presenting new works and inventive stagings of classical plays, with a special focus on joint ventures involving artists from other countries. We offer a theater that is spiritual and sentient, witty and engaged, multilayered and syncretic. Our goal is to move you, and to move you to think. Our outreach has three prime aims: to offer St. Louis audiences an international perspective in theater, to engage local communities from cultures outside the United States, and to help develop younger audiences.
Geographic areas served: St. Louis area

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My first exposure to this company was as an audience member. The aspect about the performance that stood out to me the most was how it truly made me think about my opinions about the world and how I view people. I knew I wanted to become involved because I believe the type of theatre being done here can make an impact on society rather than simply entertain it. Having worked on one production since I have found the staff to be professional and courteous while still focused on their mission.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their productions and through the process of production. They present meaningful theatre with a message and they do it well.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their openness to ideas. I very much believed that I was able to become involved to extent I could look at the product and see my work adding to the whole.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and passionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate and develop a larger audience base in our community. It would also extend their ability to bring the different cultures of the world, here to Midwest Amercia, for discussion/debate/enrichment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

As an audience member of Upstream, I’ve left each of three of Upstream’s performances keenly impressed by the quality, power and refreshing perspective of the script, the talent of the actors and high standards of the production values. Each production was carefully and caringly directed; the performances both nuanced and demonstrative. The venue setting – the black box at the Kranzberg Center – is intimate and attractive. Upstream is already a high point in the burgeoning St. Louis theater scene.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

High quality, intellectual stimulating and engaging theater in an accessible, intimate setting.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Philip Boehm, Upstream's director, helped me develop my play, The Polish Egg Man, from very rough draft to production at Upstream. His warmth, care, dedication, and sensitive and generous imagination have been a great gift. Upstream's commitment to developing new work -- and to bringing international work to American audiences -- is unusual among regional theaters, and probably unique among regional theaters of its size. I returned to St. Louis to see another Upstream Production, The Concert/El Concierto. It was moving, funny, and finely crafted. There's a (growing) community of Upstream supporters and collaborators in St. Louis and elsewhere -- all of whom are passionate about the work the theater does and seriously loyal to its mission. I'm glad to be a member of that community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my play developed and beautifully performed

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the balance of warmth with incredibly high-level work

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

welcoming, and passionately committed to the work of the theater

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be leading the way in the development of new plays -- has insights into that process that are not being put into practice in many other theaters

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time in St. Louis, participated more in the rehearsal process

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

access to reliable space and funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Upstream Theater es la mejor compania profesional de teatro independiente en St. Louis, Missouri. Pero esto no solo lo digo yo, sino tambien la clasificacion del periodico River Front Times, que ha clasificado a Upstream Theater como la mejor compania de teatro de St. Louis. Hace 22 anios que vivo en St. Louis, pero originalmente soy de Argentina, por lo que me complace enormemente que Upstream se haya creado con la mision de poner en escena teatro internacional, en una ciudad poco caracterizada por presentar obras de teatro de otra extraccion que no sea la anglosajona. En epocas como la contemporanea, en donde estamos globalmente comunicados y en la que celebramos la diversidad, Upstream ha traido un aire fresco a nuestra ciudad, desafiando al espectador a pensar criticamente sobre temas profundos, que nos conciernen a todos como seres humanos, presentados en una estetica sumamente creativa y original, y basada en una depurada convencion teatral, en puestas que conmueven y sorprenden. Upstream saca al espectador de su lugar de confort, para otorgarle una esperiencia estetica profunda, que se lleva a casa y permanece con el no solo en la emocion, sino en el planteo critico y filosofico que le provoca y que debe elaborar. De esta forma, Upstream no solo abre la puerta del mundo del treatro internacional en St. Louis, sino que tambien promueve en el espcetador una apertura mental internacional, intelectual, filosofica, emocional y estetica poco experimentada a nivel teatral por estos lares. Cada puesta de Upstream es un desafio a todo nivel, y un enriquecimiento para el alma.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

me and other people througut the years. Being with Upsteam has been very rewarding to me. I command the company for taking the challenge ofstagging plays that make me think and move me, while I am having an amazing aesthetic experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional!!! Warm, caring, humble, and helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

From the outset we have been consulted and helped whenever possible. Upstream has chosen magnificent plays and actors. It offers theater not available in St. Louis. We have not missed a play, taken students and friends to its offerings, and want it to thrive for many years. The director is a model of talent and probity.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

making it available to more audiences.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am hard pressed to offer any ideas

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The theatrical and educational experience

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, able and delightful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

See it going national.

Ways to make it better...

it had more support and a permanent well equipped venue.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finacial

One thing I'd also say is that...

It is unique

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As a New Yorker with a background in theater, I am wonderfully surprised by the variety of the productions Upstream has staged. They have brought a true international perspective to St. Louis theater. Coming from a variety of countries and experiences, the plays have provided valuable insights into other cultures and reflected those ideas upon our habits and beliefs. With limited resources, Upstream productions always shine with quality performances. Next time in St. Louis, I will be in the audience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending "The Polish Eggman"

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The performance

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Become a central cultural organization in the Midwest

Ways to make it better...

I could attend more productions

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting the publicity that would make the public more aware of their productions

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

As a retired Episcopal priest (former Dean of Christ Church Cathedral) I view theater as potentially prophetic and the two plays I have seen at Upstream fit that bill. Woyzeck opened up the whole issue of the depersonalization of this moment in history. And Berlin/Wall also explored the divisions among cultures and nations of our time. Each play was spledidly written, directed, and acted. Upstream is taking on challenging material and mounting it with great skill. The Very Reverend Dr. J. C. Michael Allen

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being an audience member for two of their productions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

I look forward to more productions from this exciting theater.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

As a professional actor for 20+ years, I have had the wonderful privilege to work at many, many professional Theatres, and with many, many Theatre Artists. Without question, Upstream Theatre is truly one of the finest. The designers, the stage managers, the actors, the directors, the dramaturges, the technicians - all that I’ve worked with at Upstream are among the finest Theatre Artists I’ve known. The passion that these amazing people bring to create compelling, challenging Theatre is beyond inspiring. That collaboration and passion is what makes Upstream Theatre so unique, so powerful, and so wonderful. Simply put, Upstream Theatre is the epitome of what Theatre should be.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending performances and working onstage.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It has stirred the creative juices in me. The choices of challenging and gripping scripts, instead of the old, seen-a-thousand-times-standbys is exciting.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, wonderful, inspiring, kind, warm, and pushed me to become a better Theatre Artist.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world. Seriously.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I discovered Upstream a couple of years ago and have not missed a show since. As a local theatre professional it is difficult for me to find companies that peak my interest. I see the same shows or types of shows over and over. Upstream produces different and very thought provoking plays on a level that no other company can. They draw in some amazing actors and designers to create the highest level of quality in their shows. I highly recommend that everyone experience at least one of their productions. They will have you hooked and keep you coming back.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

in working with them, they create a family atmosphere full of collaboration. There is always discussion to find the best route towards getting to the final destination.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I attended three recent Upstream Theater performances, Woyzak, Helga's Night and Berlin/Wall. I found each one challenging and very different from the others. Upstream has chosen to produce plays that stretch the mind. Woyzak was staged in a theater in the round with three separate focal points on the stage. Helga's Night was presented in a more traditional box space. Berlin/Wall was a reading, yet it made excellent use of a theatrical space. Acting has been excellent in every performance. St. Louis audiences have responded well to Upstream Theater.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

three theatrical performances. All were well acted. Material was challenging and well produced.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how challenging the productions are.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well trained and professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put on more of these excellent productions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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