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We're glad you found us! We invite you to take a look around and check out what we do. 

UpstART seeks to Awaken, Enliven & Entertain audiences in Ouray County and beyond, by presenting professional quality theater and education through a Rural/Urban collaboration of artists. 

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November 8-11, The Wright Opera House

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Our Town is, according to Edward Albee “possibly the finest play ever written by an American.” Simply, movingly, often hilariously, the play reflects on the ordinary, extraordinary nature of daily life in a small town, holding up a mirror to show us the way we are, “in our growing up and our marrying, and in our living, and in our dying.” An essential evening of theater.

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UpstART's Offerings


 Contemporary Productions

UpstART chooses scripts that move: Emotionally engaging, smart, fast-paced plays that awaken new perspectives in performers and audience alike. We are committed to sparking lively dialogue and heartfelt connection in our community through theatrical performance.

No Holds Bard Shakespeare Festival

Each Summer, UpstART produces 1 or 2 Shakespeare plays in the month of July.  Performed in the round at the historic Wright Opera House, No Holds Bard offers Shakespeare like you've never seen it: the way he intended it! Intimate, fast paced, delightful, and highly physical. Check out www.noholdsbard.rocks for more info on the Shakespeare program. 

Command Performances

Having a party, wedding, meeting or conference that needs entertainment? We've got you: Shakespeare vignettes, staged readings, short plays, we're at your service! Please contact us and we'll move it forward. 

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