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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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No Holds Bard Shakespeare Festival Returns!

UpstART brings you fast paced, spontaneous, entertaining Shakespeare like you've never seen it before (unless you've see us!). Join Us August 2-5 at The Wright Opera House for The Winters Tale!

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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. In April, 2017 we will be presenting Jericho, by New York playwright, Jack Canfora.

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. We invite you to jump into the fun.  In July 2017, we'll present The Tempest 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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"Your work brought out the sheer entertainment value of the play while in no way diminishing its richness."

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