Jessa Mellea - Co-Founder

Jessa became involved with Upstage in the Fall of 2015. She had worked in theater since she was in Kindergarten and is now entering her senior year of high school. Recent stage management works include: Heathers: The Musical!, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Oliver!

Upstage Theater is a completely teen-run theater company that provides opportunities to teens of all backgrounds from across the Bay Area to participate in every aspect of theater, allowing them to hone their skills in both acting and production work. We are dedicated to creating safe spaces to examine what it means to be a teenager through material written by or about teens that they would typically be unable to participate in in a school or community theater.

Our Mission

Julie Garber - Co-Founder

​Julie had the idea for Upstage in the spring of 2015. After an attempt of creation of a group in her school, she realized that the mission of the group was such that it had to become its own entity, and thusly, Upstage was born. When she's not working Upstage you can find her onstage or thoroughly enjoying her senior year of high school.

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Nicolas Poler - Artistic Director

Nicolas Poler is an actor who has worked on multiple projects both at his school and outside. Although acting is his main interest he has recently discovered a passion in directing. He assistant directed Punk Rock, at Upstage Theatre and will be Directing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in March. He has been working with Upstage Theater for a year and is ecstatic to continue working on theatre in his community.