Three year old Upstart Productions has made quite a name for itself in short order. In their first season alone, Upstart landed acting and directing awards from the DFW Theater Critics Forum, and in 2010, both of their productions, subUrbia and Talk Radio, tallied three awards each. Oak Cliff resident, Barrett Nash, is a founding member of Upstart Productions’ Artistic Team. Barrett grew up in a house near Steven’s Golf Course, where her family still lives today. Her father, Barry Nash, is CEO of the Coaching Company and a member of Kitchen Dog Theater where he performs on stage regularly. Barrett’s mother, Sandra, works as a Medical Aesthetician for Aqua Medical Spa.
Barrett attended Bishop Lynch High School, where she was incredibly active in the Theater Department, starring in several musicals including “Guys & Dolls,” “Mame,” “Sugar” and “Sweet Charity.” She was also in the award-winning choir, show choir, and drill team. Following high school, Barrett received a BFA in theater studies from The University of Texas in Austin in 2005.
Since its inaugural season, Barrett has been highly involved with Upstart, when she appeared on stage as Jessica in Upstart’s award-winning 2009 production of This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan. Since then, she has taken on the role of producer with two productions for Upstart (suburbia by Eric Bogosian in spring 2010 and PINTER: Art, Politics, Truth in fall 2010) and contributed a great deal of extra work and input toward the non-profit theater’s fundraising efforts over the years. (more…)