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?).
Breakups & Breakdowns
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.
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.
It’s very real. I saw myself in it!
[ON JOEL TRINIDAD’S SCRIPT] It’s the first time I’ve ever watched genius in action.
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…
Much Ado About Nothing
… impressive energy… If the goal is to make Filipino teenagers appreciate Shakespeare, then Upstart Productions has succeeded with this production.
Defending The Caveman
Engaging… a treat to watch… a perfect date play
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!
Crush Hour encapsulates, in a neat-and-tight four minutes, the obsessive silliness that is puberty. A hilarious, lightning-fast time warp.