Upstream Theater is excited to announce the appointment of Peter Mayer as Managing Director.
Mayer will work closely with Artistic Director Philip Boehm as the company—now entering its 14th season—continues to bring a world of theater to St. Louis with plays that “move you, and move you to think.”
A longtime member of Actors’ Equity, Mayer also brings a wealth of experience in business and law to the company. Board chair Mary Wertsch is excited by the development:
“We feel extremely fortunate to have someone as experienced, knowledgeable, and well networked as Peter Mayer in the position of managing director, particularly at this time of seriously diminished funding of theater companies by arts agencies. He shares Upstream’s dream of providing sustainably funded, thought provoking, all-professional theater to St. Louis for many years to come.”
For his part, Mayer is equally pleased to join what he calls “a vibrant, exciting theater characterized by an artistic vision and an intellectual dimension that are quite rare. It will be an honor to work alongside Philip.”
Since 2005, Upstream Theater has produced over two dozen U.S. or world premieres by leading playwrights from nearly twenty countries. With this appointment the company looks forward to strengthening their organizational capacity, expanding their outreach, and extending their influence beyond St. Louis, both by developing new projects and by partnering with other institutions in the region.
The 2018-2019 season includes “Chef” by Sabrina Mahfouz, starring Linda Kennedy and directed by Marianne de Pury, Sept. 28030, Oct. -7, 11-14; and “Salt, Root and Roe” by Tim Price, directed by Kenn McLaughlin, set for April 26-28, May 2-5, 9-12.
A winter show is to be determined, and dates are Jan. 25-27, Jan. 31-Feb. 3 and Feb. 7-10.
Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and the first two Sundays at 7 p.m., and the final Sunday at 2 p.m.
Season tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit www.upstreamtheater.org
Lynn Venhaus has had a continuous byline in St. Louis metro region publications since 1978. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic, currently reviews films for Webster-Kirkwood Times and KTRS Radio, covers entertainment for PopLifeSTL.com and co-hosts podcast PopLifeSTL.com…Presents, and writes features and news for Belleville News-Democrat and contributes to other publications. She is a member of CCA, AWFJ and St. Louis Film Critics Association. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Theater Circle.