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In memory of our friend

February 17, 2015 12:56 pm Published by Comments Off on In memory of our friend

Jim Kasmir and his Flea Circus act

This is difficult news to share: Straight Up lost a colleague and great friend, Jim K, in February 2015. Jim had been with Straight Up since its start in 2005, and has guided countless young people, showing them the joys of improvisation, theatre, video production and so much more.

We have been honored to hear from so many teens who were led by Jim and were impacted by his humor, kindness, and unique world view. Many of our youth volunteers have grown to love performing and acting, and have continued their creative pursuits into adulthood, thanks to Jim’s guidance.

In addition, we deeply appreciate the outpouring of love and support from our colleagues, collaborators, and countless others who we have met and worked with through Straight Up. Jim really made the world a better place, and we will miss him in his absence.