Upstart Creatures is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating (meta)physical feasts that combine theater and food.

All our events are free, with a mouth-watering menu prepared and served by the artists themselves; a guaranteed once-in-a-lifetime experience made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and participating artists.  


Come to get fed... stay to get nourished.

                      …a place of bliss

In the Purlieues of Heav'n, and therein placed

A race of Upstart Creatures

Paradise Lost, Book 2, Lines 832-4

The Upstarts didn’t mean to start a theatre company.  But after rehearsing Paradise Lost for six months, collaborating on the epic task of adapting Milton's canonical work and planning the menu for the multi-course, mouth-watering meals that were incorporated into the day-long event, we realized we missed each other.  And that we had something special going.


January 12, 2020

Reading TBA

March 21, 2020

Reading TBA

May 9, 2020

Reading TBA

September 13, 2020

Reading TBA

November 15, 2020

5th Annual Gala

The Upstart Creatures are: Suzanne Agins & Michael Barakiva (Artistic Directors), Stephen Bel Davies, Paul Bernardo, Ariel Neema Blake, Carla Briscoe, Aren Carpenter, Suzanne Chesney, Gisela Chípe, Curzon Dobell, Autumn Dornfeld, Emilee Dupré, Hillel Friedman (Company Manager), Callan Gies, Erick Gonzalez, Adam Grosswirth (Managing Director), Carol Halstead, Brough Hansen, Patrick Harnett-Marshall, Jon Kovach, David Larsen, Linda Larson, Celina Polanco, Abby Royle, Roya Shanks, Eugenio Vargas, Alison Walls, Jay Yriberry, Gabra Zackman (Community Engagement Director).

PO Box 631

Midtown Station

New York, NY 10018