Upstart Productions Inc. is a company of artists dedicated to the production of original, creative, and engaging material on stage, on screen, online, and wherever else entertainment can be found. Among its founding members are:

Joel Trinidad, performer, playwright, and director; Onyl Torres, stage actor, singer, vocal coach, and musical director; and Noel Trinidad, multi-awarded stage performer, writer, comedian, composer, and media celebrity.

So whether it’s an exciting original work or a brash new take on an existing one, Upstart is here to start an artistic uprising—but never at the xpense of entertainment. Because Upstart believes that a work of art can be profound without being pretentious, creative without being confusing, and brainy without being boring. (Because really, if it’s not fun, then what’s the point?).



A “cheerfully deranged” (The Manila Bulletin), “non-stop laugh fest” (The Philippine Star), the King Arthur spoof musical MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT returns to Manila in April 2018, this time for a limited, two-week run at BGC.

April 13 to 22, 2018
The Globe Auditorium
Maybank Performing Arts Theater
BGC Arts Center
26th Street corner 9th Avenue, BGC, Taguig




“We thoroughly enjoyed Breakups & Breakdowns. It was very well-written. Clever and witty. Like watching Neil Simon and Woody Allen. A refreshing look at the old game of love among today's young people.”

— Jose Mari Chan, singer/songwriter

“It was so entertaining, so witty, and very intelligently written. He directed it with confidence and great style. I liked the wordless exchanges-- those are difficult to pull off successfully. Nice touches like that livened up the show. Well-acted, too.”

— Leo Rialp, actor/director

“It’s very real. I saw myself in it!” — Tessie Tomas, comedienne

“[ON JOEL TRINIDAD’S SCRIPT] It’s the first time I’ve ever watched genius in action.”

— Gary Lising, comedian

“Brilliant... original...” — Chuck Gomez, The Philippine Star

“[A] must-watch show for theater lovers... I’m proud that Filipinos can create an original romantic comedy musical that can rival Broadway shows...”

— Anton Diaz,

Much Ado About Nothing

“... impressive energy... If the goal is to make Filipino teenagers appreciate Shakespeare, then Upstart Productions has succeeded with this production.”

— Carmela Lapeña, GMA News


“Engaging... a treat to watch... a perfect date play”

— Sujata S. Mukhi, BusinessWorld

“Hilarious... insightful...” — Sujata S. Mukhi, BusinessWorld

“Joel Trinidad’s Crush Hour is a delightful, fun, energetic and endearing piece. What an incredible New York theater debut! I'm sure we will see much more from this talented artist and playwright!”

— Tara Howard, New York photographer


“Crush Hour encapsulates, in a neat-and-tight four minutes, the obsessive silliness that is puberty. A hilarious, lightning-fast time warp.”

— Pat Vicente, UNICEF