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TO THE SOURCE. 

Upstream Performance Collaborative creates vital theatre.

Rejecting norms, championing play, and interrogating truth - to the source. 

Upstream Performance Collaborative was founded by award-winning, multidisciplinary artist Angela Bey in 2019.

Our collaborators are talented, tenacious activists - diverse in identity, experience, and point-of-view.

Upstream Performance Collaborative is Global Majority-led and centered, on and off-stage. 

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Pictured: Angela Bey. Kate Raines Photography

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Pictured: Quinton J. Alexander as "X" in The White Feather Project. Rowan Quincy Davis Photography

Upstream Performance Collaborative was founded by award-winning, multidisciplinary artist Angela Bey in 2019.

We go upstream against the current and to the source of why we do theatre - through ripples big and small, transform the world.

Upstream Performance Collaborative creates vital theatre.

Rejecting norms, championing play, and interrogating truth - to the source. 

Our collaborators are talented, tenacious activists - diverse in identity, experience, and point-of-view.

Upstream Performance Collaborative is Global Majority-led and centered, on and off-stage. 

PRODUCTION HISTORY 

The inaugural production was The White Feather Project. Funded by the Inclusive Community Grant at Ursinus College, this radical ethnographic devised-play responded to a racially-charged hate crime committed at the institution. Despite administrative efforts to close the show, The White Feather Project sold-out its on-campus performance and successfully remounted at the Shoe Box Short Theatre Festival at Venice Island Performing Arts Center the same year.

 

WHISPER was Upstream’s second show, co-produced with Shoe Box Theatre Collective. An experiment in improv, scripted text, and technology, WHISPER tackled themes of online community, mental-health, and suicide awareness. It was performed to a live, unsuspecting audience via Twitch and garnered rave reviews during and after its premiere at Director’s Gathering DG Jam 2020. 

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Pictured: Ryan Rebel as "VideoBlobby" and Taylor Cawley as "theelvencat" in WHISPERScreenshots from performance.

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Pictured: Quinton J. Alexander as "X" in The White Feather Project. Rowan Quincy Davis Photography

COMING SOON...

Support this production by donating directly to our Venmo! Scan the QR code or click the button below.

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COMET is a site-specific play adapted from a short story by award-winning playwright and actor Angela Bey. 

 

COMET takes us to a stormy night-in-the-life of a young girl grown up too fast. Equal parts memory-play and parable, COMET is a celebration of the formative years of our imagination and the worlds it creates to protect us. What is the cost of staying in a child’s place - not to be seen nor heard?

COMET is supported by the Black Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia. We are raising an additional $5000 to increase artist salaries and overall production value. Donate to our campaign through Venmo or Indiegogo. Click here for more information about our budget and timeline. Every little bit helps!

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