an Upstream Theater Retrospective

We hope you are as eager to return to the stage as we are. In the meantime, we asked some of our Upstream artists to revisit a few of our past productions that in one way or the other explored the theme of healing.

Like a typical Upstream production, this short video will be available for a limited run. Please join us for this video premiere Friday April 23, 8pm and just click on this link anytime between Friday 8 PM and Sunday at 9 PM on any of the next three weekends: https://youtu.be/RlV9lWlB5f0

Once you've had a chance to view the piece we'd love to hear your thoughts – on returning to the stage, on the healing power of theater, or anything else you'd like to share with Upstream Theater.

“You can always expect an evening of mind-bending theater from Upstream; you just can't always predict how they'll achieve it.”

Richard T. Green, talkinbroadway.com

What’s New With Upstream 

The theater may be dark, but here's some bright news we'd like to share.
Upstream Theater is honored to be the recipient of a 2021 Missouri Arts Award, the state’s highest honor in the arts, in recognition of our work “promoting diversity,  inclusion, and the cultures and concerns of people from around the globe by bringing audiences international plays performed with imaginative non-traditional casting.”

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Our Mission 

Upstream Theater is a professional production company dedicated to bringing a world of theater to St. Louis. We believe that art engages as much as it entertains, and that by feeding the senses we feed the soul. Our goal is to move you, and to move you to think.

Since 2005, Upstream has introduced St. Louis audiences to new plays from places as far-flung as Argentina and Australia, as well as innovative stagings of classics. Two-thirds of our shows have been U.S. premieres, and all are chosen for local impact. We collaborate with theater artistsfrom around the globe, and our shows continue to spark discourse in and beyond our local community.This international focus is unique in the region and rare in the country. Our innovative productions of classical and contemporary works have attracted consistent local recognition as well as national acclaim, including two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. We are also the only local company (and first in Missouri) to be awarded a National Theatre Grant from the American Theatre Wing (founder of the Tonys).

St. Louis is a city of great diversity, with a wealth of artistic talent. From the beginning we have put that diversity on stage by deliberately and consistently hiring across lines of race and ethnicity. We have also been committed to professionalism since our first production, and have always operated under a full contract with Actors’ Equity, which assures our actors safe working conditions, regulated wages and benefits.

“You can always expect an evening of mind-bending theater from Upstream; you just can't always predict how they'll achieve it.”
— Richard T. Green