Upstart Program


Since 2009, the Upstart Program (formally 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), the festival is currently curated by former BAX Artists In Residence Jillian Peña (2011-13) and Fernando Maneca (2004-06).

View a list of Upstart Festival participants from 2009 to the present

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