Upstart Productions was formed to usher in the next generation of local artists by providing them with the opportunity to showcase their talents and develop their craft on and off stage. We are dedicated to the ideal of contributing to the local community by giving these artists an avenue for the production of exceptional contemporary, classical, and original works. It is our conviction that the theater should foster growth for artist and audience alike and should be accessible to individuals from all walks of life.
The year was 1592 when university scholar Robert Greene's pamphlet hit the streets of London. Entitled Groats-worth of Wit, the pamphlet contained caustic criticisms of a young actor and playwright who had recently made quite a name for himself in a short time on the London stage:
"...for there is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers,
that with his Tiger's heart wrapped in a Player's hide, supposes
he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of
you and being an absolute Johannes fac totum, is in his own
conceit the only Shake-scene in a country."
This young thespian was, of course, William Shakespeare.
We at Upstart Productions aim to create an environment in which local Upstart Crows can hone their skills before flying on to greatness while helping subsequent generations to do the same.