As the Upstart Creatures was founded on the principles of generosity, nourishment and storytelling, we felt one of our greatest goals was to expand our mission into the community.


Our goal in community engagement is to give back to the Metro Baptist Church community that has hosted our events for so many years by having our company members volunteer for existing church programs. Thus far we have taught yoga and improv in the summer camp program, cooked with teens as part of the after school program, cooked for the veterans program, and worked on storytelling with survivors of domestic violence. 


In the future, we wish to take the skills of our company to programs and facilities that would benefit from what we have to offer, as well as creating some of our own programs that are unique to the Upstarts.


We love the partnership we have with MBC and look forward to many more opportunities to come!

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, Logan Kovach, David Larsen, Linda Larson, Abby Royle, Roya Shanks, Eugenio Vargas, Alison Walls, Jay Yriberry, Gabra Zackman (Community Partnerships Director).

PO Box 631

Midtown Station

New York, NY 10018