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February 28, 2010

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.

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

seeing my play developed and beautifully performed

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

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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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Professional with expertise in this field & attended performances, wrote a play produced by the theater.