Making art accessible to the audience and the audience accessible to the artists.

ALL PRODUCTIONS ARE PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT – Upstart Productions is an artistically ambitious company working to make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery & cultivation of emerging artists. We aim to serve local artists, the Dallas community, and the greater DFW area, and one way we endeavor to do this is by offering our productions FREE OF CHARGE in a PAY WHAT YOU WANT model.

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UPSTART PRODUCTIONS has been a platform to connect artists and the DFW community since 2008 and is a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit organization.

ALL FUNDS go directly into the productions (space, wrights, costumes, etc.) and the artists who create them. When you support Upstart Productions with your donation, you’re not just supporting the artists that produce the works, you’re supporting your neighbors’ ability to experience it.



  • Clifford Odets’ WAITING FOR LEFTY
    directed by David Meglino – March 17-April 1
  • BREW READS reading series
    launching at LAKEWOOD BREWERY presents OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder, directed by Colin by Colin Phillips – March 4
  • More PRODUCTIONS and BREW READS to be announced throughout 2017

    What We Need, What You Get, The Impact:

    We’ve set a $5,000 goal to supplement our first production. These funds will be used to help provide modest stipends for the artists, set, props, costumes and everything the production requires.

  • Donor perks include:
  • RESERVED SEATING – the only sure way you’ll have a spot to attend one of our 2017 PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT productions.
  • BREW READS READING SERIES PASS – saves you the price of admission and guarantees your spot at one of our 2017 readings at a rotating list of DFW breweries & draft houses.
  • CAST PARTY INVITE – invite and free admission to the cast party at Ash Studios directly following the performance April 1st.
All funds go toward facilitating Upstart productions.


“Upstart Productions is doing the unthinkable…And what a glorious thing they have done.”
– Arnold Wayne Jones
“One of the region’s best theater companies.”
– D Magazine
‘Best Start-Up Theater’ – Dallas Morning News
‘Best New Theater Company’ – Dallas Observer

We’re also humbled to have received several awards and honors, including seven DFW Theater Critics Forum Awards and three COLUMN Awards from its peers in the local theater community. Our greatest source of pride, however, are the careers we have helped kick-start over the years. Numerous local actors, designers, and technicians count an Upstart production as one of their first professional engagements.

Upstart has also produced two world premieres by local playwrights, hosted “Upstart Cinema,” a series of screenings that showcased rising Dallas-area filmmakers and created networking opportunities for film and theater artists, hosted a multi-medium arts festival dubbed “Go West Fest” which featured local musicians, performance artists, and visual artists, produced 10 full productions for thousands of theater goers and continues to be celebrated for its ambitious programming, visceral performances, and hyper-realistic productions.

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Become a sustaining contributor!
  • Get the word out and make some noise about Upstart and our campaign. How? Social media, emails and good old fashioned word-of-mouth!
  • Use those share tools!
  • Join us for our productions!
  • Go to our website and sign up to become a sustaining member!
  • If not Upstart, find and another arts organization or artist and advocate for their success!



$15 – Starter

You rock. We want you around. To show you off, we’ll reserve you a seat at the next Upstart Production for a performance of your choice.

$50 – Upstarter

Reserved seating for 4 at our next Upstart Production. All at once or spread them out flying solo. It’s a build your own adventure type of thing.

$100 – Instigater

2 Reserved Seating Passes to our next Upstart Production AND 2 invites for our Closing Night Party AND 2 Free Passes to our first UPSTART BREW READ at Lakewood Brewery.

$250 – Troublemaker

Now we’re cooking with gas! 4 Reserved Seating Passes to our next Upstart Production AND 4 Cast Party invites to our next Upstart Production AND 2 Passes to our first BREW READ at Lakewood Breweries.

$500 – Provocateur

What can you say about a legend? You’re more than an advocate, you make the dreams happen. Our thanks is: 2 Reserved Seating passes for all 2017 Upstart Productions (*non-festival productions only) AND 4 passes to our first BREW READ at Lakewood Brewery AND 2 Cast Party Invites for all 2017 Upstart Productions!

$1000 – Firebrand

You’re more than a legend, you’re a dream weaver. 4 Reserved Seating Passes to ALL 2017 Upstart Productions (*non-festival only) 4 Cast Party Invites for ALL 2017 Upstart Productions 4 BREW READS passes to the BREW READS night of your choice!