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.   

Philip Boehm (Ex Officio)

Philip Boehm studied at the State Academy of Theater in Warsaw, Poland and has directed extensively on both sides of the Atlantic. Produced original plays include Mixtitlan, Soul of a Clone, Alma en venta, The Death of Atahualpa, Return of the Bedbug, and Amerika. He is the recipient of various grants and honors for his work in the theater from agencies including the NEA, the US-Mexican Fund for Culture, and Theater Communications Group. He is also the author of some thirty translations of novels and plays by Polish and German writers for which he has received awards from the American Translators Association, the UK Society of Authors, the NEA, PEN USA,and the Texas Institute of Letters, among others. He is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow and an inaugural recipient of a Regional Arts Commission Artists Fellowship.

Virginia Braxs

Virginia Braxs, native of Argentina, teaches in the Romance Languages Department at Washington University in St. Louis. There she founded and manages the Latino Youth Tutoring/Mentoring program designed to help underprivileged Latino students. Since 1998 she has served as the Vice President of the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis, where she developed College Now!/Universidad Ya!—another initiative to empower Hispanic youth to gain access to higher education. Ms. Braxs has also served the community through many other programs, including La Clinica Hispanic Health Center and Casa de Salud. Besides her dedication to the field of education, Virginia has been a passionate promoter of the excellence of the Hispanic culture and of the arts in general, having collaborated with numerous local arts organizations, including the Regional Arts Commission. For her tireless effort to enrich our community, Ms. Braxs was honored as a 2014 Woman of Achievement. A founding board member of Upstream Theater, she is happy to return to the company. “By presenting plays from around the world, Upstream Theater opens our hearts to other cultures and expands our understanding of ourselves and one another.” 

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.

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.

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