Virtual Callboard

Are you in rehearsals for a production? Here is the perfect place to get updates on rehearsal schedules. Sometimes the schedule changes, so it is always a good idea to check ahead before coming in. You can only access this callboard if you are in the cast. Click Here to check the rehearsal schedule.

Stage Door


Stage Door, Next Gen, is our performing troupe. Cast members are invited to join the troupe because they have demonstrated their love and dedication for theatre arts. Cast members work their way through the ranks, performing in shows, taking classes and honing their skills in musical theatre. This is a long standing tradition at Upstart Crow Studios, a crowning achievement, if you will. This is our fifth generation of Stage Door.

Our Staff

staff 4Eularee Smith

Eularee Smith is the Executive Director for Upstart Crow Studios. Her background is in Education and Music, teaching for over 30 years in the public and private schools. She is the head of the Theatre and Music Department, directing over 40 musical theatre productions. As one of the founders of Upstart Crow, she is dedicated to a single purpose to offer children a successful artistic experience. She believes that all children have talent and it is a teacher's job to help them discover it.



Heidi Knight Meigs is our Artistic Director, Set Designer and Stage Manager. She is also a past Board member, so knows the Crow from the inside out. Heidi graduated with a BS in Theatre from the University of Oregon in 2013, with an emphasis in set and costume design. She has also worked for local theatre companies, such as The Shedd, in stage management and as a property master.  Heidi's two children have grown up in Upstart Crow's theatre program.


staff 10Jacquelyn Byers

Jacquelyn Byers graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts from Gutenberg College in 2010. She has choreographed musical theatre productions at Upstart Crow Studios including The Grinch, Annie, and Disney's The Little Mermaid. Her studies include Dance, Voice, and Acting, as well as Shakespeare under the direction of Christopher Leebrick. She performed for many years with Denise Steele's swing performance group, The Joint is Jumpin'. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the stage with children in our Acting classes and Entr'actes. Jackie has directed It's Only A Nightmare, The Happy Elf and Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr.


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Katey recently moved to Eugene from New York City! She holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University. Katey has served on the faculty at multiple dance studios and has also had many choreographic works performed in New York City, Chicago, Texas, and Oklahoma. She is also a teacher and judge for I Love Dance and Ticket to Broadway dance competitions. She was last seen performing with NY Theatre Barn and Erin Pryor Dance Theatre in New York City. Favorite performance credits include Cigarette Girl in White Christmas, Olga Mara in Singin’ in the Rain, and Grittlebone in Cats. She has also appeared on several television shows including Vinyl, Mysteries of Laura, and Dallas.

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Jill Switzer received her bachelor of music education degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.  While currently maintaining her own private voice studio, she also is a member of the Eugene Concert Choir and the Eugene Opera Chorus. She has worked extensively with children, youth and adult choirs, most notably as music director at the Indiana University Newman Center for eight years. Although she is classically trained, her performance background also includes musical theater and Latin American folk music. Her teaching credentials encompass vocal technique and music theory workshops in both English and Spanish.

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Jenny began her life on stage from a very young age. She was in her first Upstart Crow production when she was seven. She primary teaching focus is our younger children ages 2-8. Jenny brings a wealth of experience from her dance education of the past 16 years along with her love for teaching acting skills. As the Theater Tots teacher, she is a great addition to the staff.


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Emily wanted to be a triple threat from the moment her first dance teacher told her what it meant. She has been dancing, singing, and acting ever since! Emily has studied dance for almost 30 years and was an instructor at Musical Feet before returning to school to pursue her degree in Theatre Arts. She still loves to dance and sing in any production that will have her and is looking forward to bringing her enthusiasm and love of theatre to Upstart Crow.

Conner Criswell

Conner Criswell is a proud Upstart Crow alumnus. He began performing at Upstart Crow at age seven. He has played notable roles in productions at Thurston High School, University of Oregon, Actors Cabaret of Eugene and The Shedd. He is currently completing his bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon. Conner returns to the Crow and Eugene this spring after completing a nine-month internship at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL working as a Character Attendant and Attractions Host.







Non-discriminatory policy: 

Upstart Crow Studios will admit students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the studios. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs and other school-administered programs.

Admission Policy:

Upstart Crow Studios believes every child must develop a deep sense of self-worth to become a critical thinker and to understand the value of teamwork, as essential life skills. Our policy is that every child plays a role, regardless of the challenges they may face.

Tuition Policy: 

Tuition payment is due at the time of registration. Registration for our classes and productions is online on our website. Beginning August 2016, all families must have an online account with us for registration and payments. If internet access is a barrier to the registration process, please contact our office for assistance. You may register multiple students for multiple classes/productions in the same order. After you have selected your classes you will proceed through the online checkout process. During checkout you may elect to pay the for the selected classes in your order in full or pay a sliding-scale deposit toward the balance and enroll in a monthly installment plan with a credit card. Families may not enroll their student in a subsequent class, workshop, private lesson or production if an installment plan is in arrears. 

Class Cancellations:

Classes are subject to cancellation if enrollment is below prescribed minimums. If we cancel a class or a production due to low enrollment or for any other reason, we will refund 100% of the tuition you have paid toward that class/production. You will be contacted with an alternative class option, offered a credit to your account, or a tuition refund. All refunds are made by check.


If you notifiy us that your child is withdrawing from a class or production before classes or rehearsals begin, your tuition is refundable, less a $25 deposit per class/production. 

Withdrawals initiated after the first week of classes or rehearsals are elibigle for a sliding scale refund, less a $25 deposit per class/production. The amount of the refund will be calculated based on the date the withdrawal notification is received, the number of classes or rehearsals attended, unexcused absences, cost of materials, costumes and staff time prior to the withdrawal. A written withdrawal notification must be received to be eligible for a refund. Not attending classes or rehearsals does not constitute a withdrawal. Notification of withdrawal from classes may be emailed to, or to the stage manager for productions.

Absence Policy:

We appreciate you contacting our office by phone or email if your child is ill and unable to attend class. We do not pro-rate tuition if a student misses a class.

Cancelling a class session:

If it is necessary for us to cancel a class session due to instructor illness, inclement weather, or other unavoidable circumstances, we will offer a make-up class at an alternate time. 

Inclement Weather Policy:

If weather conditions necessitate us canceling classes or rehearsals, families will be notified by email and/or by text message. You must elect to opt-in to SMS messaging when creating your online account to receive text notifications. Notification will be sent out no less than two hours prior to scheduled class times.


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