The Upstairs Space is one of two black box theaters at Production Workshop, Brown University’s only completely student-run theatre. The Upspace is an intimate, flexible space; it can become a concert venue, creative workshop, exhibit space, or stage at a moment’s notice. It is equipped with a light grid, speakers, seating platforms, and a grand piano. Access to the Upspace comes with access to Production Workshop’s furniture stock, props stock, lighting equipment, and costume shop. Upspace users are also eligible to apply for the Open Jar Grant, a small pool of money Production Workshop grants to students and projects who need it. The Upspace is an incredibly valuable resource for all Brown and RISD students to use.
There is an outpouring of creativity and creative projects on Brown’s campus that need a home. We want the Upspace to be that home; we want anyone and everyone with an idea to have access to the resources Production Workshop offers. Our goal (ambitious as it is) is that no Upspace day go unused, and no potential project goes unseen.
The PW board provides artists access to the Upspace through a combined request-lottery. Here’s how it works:
PW will make available a calendar of all free Upspace days for the month.
You’ll decide how many days in the Upspace you need – up to five full days. If it’s a play with a constructed set, you might need the full vie. If it’s a dance piece or a multi-day workshop, you might need three. And if it’s a concert or simple performance, you’ll probably need just one.
You’ll decide when you want to do the project. Some dates will be more popular than others (like weekends), so keep that in mind. If you have a couple preferred sets of dates, that’s fine too. You’ll also decide if there are dates you absolutely can’t do (Tuesdays; the first week; etc.)
You’ll fill out this Google form. If your request doesn’t overlap with any others, great! You’ve got the Upspace.
If it does overlap, we’re committed to treating all projects equally and fairly*. We’ll do a random lottery to see which project gets their preferred dates – and if the other can still happen on another set of dates, it will.
we’ll take submissions on a monthly basis – and if there are free days in the calendar, we’ll advertise those so they can be filled up with concerts, workshops, readings, and whatever you can imagine!
Check the pw facebook page for the next upspace lottery. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with questions.