Impact of the Crow

Every child who walks through our doors becomes family. A theatre gang, if you will. They learn from day one, how important they are to the whole. Every rehearsal ends with "Clap for yourselves", reinforcing the understanding that their hard work is what ultimately makes the show a success. Instilling a sense of pride and confidence in their ability, is what sets Upstart Crow apart from other traditional theatre companies. We audition to place children in the most successful role for them, finding the perfect fit and then building on that moment to even greater success in the future. 

About 30% of our children have specific needs. They may be foster children, at risk, working through their own social and personal identity, on the autism spectrum, or in financial crisis,  but they are always welcome. We celebrate diversity and inclusion, teaching young people what it means to be part of a cast of many. The links of the chain become stronger and the cast grows to depend on each other, raising everyone up equally. 

That is the true impact of Upstart Crow. Not only creating critical thinkers, but caring individuals. Bullying doesn't exist here, only the desire to help each other. For some, this is home. Students who have graduated from the program, return to teach, mentor, volunteer and become arts advocates. We are a feeder system for local, regional and national community theatres. Our students are called upon for commercial work in television and radio. One in five go on to performing arts degrees in Universities around the country and have successful careers, because of the strength of this program. Parents tell us of the academic improvements, the ability to go from fear of speaking to a confident child taking on more challenges at school. We have seen the program work. Theatre makes connections for children. Our role in the community is to address the academic and creative development of every child through those connections. With your help every child plays a role and has the opportunity to succeed.

We need your help to make this program available to all children and their families. Whether your generosity is through a monthly donation or a one-time donation, we are grateful for your support! Thank you! You have just given the gift of a lifetime. For an ongoing donation, Click Here! For a one-time gift, Click Here!

  • $50 supports a child who wants to participate in a theatre arts class
  • $75 supports a child in theatre workshop or summer camp
  • $100 supports a child in a theatrical production
  • $250 provides tickets for to show for 20 foster children
  • $500 provides costumes for 20 children

Special Thanks

The Producers (Contributions of $5,000 or more)

Jack & Alisa Duncan
Josh & Sarah Beth Byrum (All That! Dance)
Anonymous Donor
The Woodard Family Foundation
The Doyle and Donna Shepherd Foundation
The Chambers Family Foundation
Autzen Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Oregon Cultural Trust

THE DirectoRS (CONTRIBUTIONS OF $1,000 -$5,000)

Autzen Foundation
Stephen Brainard & Liz Carlin
Richard Hansen & Janice Ziegler 
Eularee Smith
Clay & Collette Skurdal
Levi Strauss & Co 
The Smith Family Trust
Chad & Heather Clark (PlayDates)

Stage Managers (Contributions for $500 - $1,000)

Oregon Community Foundation
Oregon Country Fair Elders
Anonymous Donor

Backstage Crew (Contributions of $50 - $500)

Judi & Dan Byrum
Jim & Laura Emery
Todd Glenz - McKenzie Contractors
Laura Rear
Susan Wilcox, Blooms For You
Alex Vonderhaar
Michael Tobey
Genesis Duncan & Marty Swanson
Beverly Soasey
DL Newman
Richard Meigs
Jane Buckley

In Kind

Jala Smith Huys - graphic design
Beverly Soasey - graphic design 
All That! Dance Company 
Duane Grant - Penske Truck Rental 
Mel Manning - Builders Electric

Super Hero Volunteers 

Tim Knight
Ward Fairbairn
Chris George
Amber Robeson
Jonathan Siegle
Adam Duncan Smith
Lynne Given
Bonnie Sullivan

Please consider donating online or returning one of our donation forms. Donation forms may be returned to Upstart Crow Studios 855 W 1st Avenue Eugene, OR 97402.

Upstart Crow Studios is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductable.

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