Upstart Festival

Since 2009, the Upstart Festival has ushered in fresh talent with an intriguing festival of performances, pre-performance shares, and roundtable discussions.

This festival is designed to give creators of dance, theater and performance works, who have no more than three years of experience showing their work in New York City, an opportunity to show work and to facilitate networking opportunities that pave the way for fruitful artistic careers.

Originally the brainchild of Shannon Hummel (BAX Artist in Residence 2005-07, Artist Advisor 2007-08), the festival is currently curated by former BAX Artists In Residence Jillian Peña (2011-13) and Fernando Maneca (2004-06).

Applications for the 2018 Upstart Festival will be available in the Fall. Visit STAY IN TOUCH and follow us on social media or sign up to receive our email newsletters and announcements.

Visit for a list of Upstart Festival participants from 2009 to the present.