Board of Directors

Charles Allen Charlie Allen studied Russian language and literature in the US and the USSR before joining Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in the 1980's, where he deepened his passion for good writing and compelling perspectives on what matters in life.  Since the early 90's he has worked in international business, living primarily overseas and striving to be an agent of change inside and outside of the workplace.  A move back to the US brought him to St. Louis in 2014.  He sees Upstream Theater as a critical window on a changing world, especially as experienced outside of the US.  

Paige Brubeck Paige Brubeck is a visual artist and musician. After graduating from School of the Art Institute Chicago, Brubeck relocated to St. Louis where she has been one half of the indie rock duo Sleepy Kitty. Sleepy Kitty was introduced to Upstream Theater in 2015 when they composed the music for The Rime of the Ancient Mariner for which they earned a St. Louis Theater Circle Award nomination. Brubeck also appeared in the film and on the soundtrack of the Shakespeare inspired musical Were the World Mine, and has toured extensively with Sleepy Kitty performing sets at SXSW and Riot Fest among others. In 2019 she was a featured vocalist with Kevin Bowers’ Nova at NYC Winter Jazzfest.

Jarek Czernikiewicz
Jarek Czernikiewicz, a native of Warsaw, Poland, is a registered professional engineer with experience in structural and civil engineering design, project management and team leadership. He currently serves as Chief Design Engineer with the St. Louis Board of Public Service. He is also the founding president of St. Louis Polonia.

Cindy Kohlbry Cindy Kohlbry is the founder and President of Executive Bridge, part of the Conley Search Group, an international retained search boutique.  She began her career as an investment banker in New York and London before starting her own  firm in her native St. Louis.  A graduate of Smith College, Ms. Kohlbry is deeply involved in her community, having served on many boards including the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and the ;Center of Creative Arts. Ms. Kohlbry currently serves as a Commissioner with the Regional Arts Commission.

Boo McLoughlin Boo McLoughlin is the Executive Director of the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. Under her leadership the 50 year-old arts organization expanded and in 2008 opened a new education and exhibition facility in the Kranzberg Arts Center. Ms. McLoughlin has 20 years of experience raising funds and developing programming for non-profits in New York and St. Louis at various non-profit organizations including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Logos High School, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. She is a founding board member of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis and was instrumental in developing the Festival’s education program. She served on the founding board of St. Louis Actor’s Studio and is currently Board President of the St. Louis University Library Associates. Ms. McLoughlin attended the University of Virginia, where she majored in English and Art History. “Upstream is singular in the constellation of theaters in St. Louis, challenging audiences with nuanced dramas written by playwrights from across the globe; directed, staged and performed with startling insight and sensitivity; presenting the viewer with a close encounter with the human experience that lingers long after the play concludes and expands the scope of one’s empathy and understanding of the world in which we live.”

Timothy Moore Timothy Moore is the John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor of Classics at Washington University and Chair of the Department of Classics. Professor Moore's work concentrates on several areas of classical antiquity, including the comic theatre of Greece and Rome, Greek and Roman music, and Roman historiography.  Current projects include a book on music in Roman tragedy, articles on the history and performance of Roman comedy, and a long-range project on the influence on the modern world of the Roman historian Livy. He also has interests in the history of theatre, especially American musical theatre and Japanese Kyogen comedy. Professor Moore's research specializations are Greek and Roman music and theatre; Roman historiography; The Classical Tradition.

Susan Nicholson

Mary Wertsch Mary Edwards Wertsch is a former journalist and author of a non-fiction book, Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress, first published by Crown in 1991. She has served as director of Missourians Against Handgun Violence and of Gateway to Science, a two-year effort to raise the level of science knowledge and appreciation in the St. Louis region.  Having studied philosophy at the College of William and Mary, she is now a freelance writer, editor, and painter.  A lifelong theater enthusiast, she has been a fan of Upstream since attending her first Upstream production, Athol Fugard's Blood Knot, in 2008.  She is delighted to be on Upstream's board, and actively supporting its mission of bringing intelligent, creative, thought-provoking drama to a St. Louis audience.
Phoebe Dent Weil