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 brain-child 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).


Friday, February 10, 2017 @ 8pm

Featuring work by

Elena Light
Georgia Gavran-Jonathan Doherty
Chris DeVita
Ashley R.T. Yergens
The Brown Dance Project

Saturday, February 11, 2017 @ 8pm

Featuring work by

Bianca Roman
Church of the Millennials
Tall Girls Dancing
Anastasia Eckerson
Felicia Henry/Behind the Walls, Between the Lines
Nia and Ness


To view artist bios or purchase tickets, visit

To view a list of artists whose work has been performed in recent seasons, visit