The aim of Upstate Learning is to work in partnership with statutory, community and industry bodies to develop an indigenous skill and methodology base in various aspects of drama by:
- Mentoring and short term foundation training on ongoing productions and community programmes
- Developing drama and theatre modules and inputs for recognised educational bodies
- Developing equality awareness modules (disability, gender etc.) for in house and external training
New York University
Upstate is a field-teaching partner of The Steinhardt School at New York University, which is one of the foremost research and teaching schools in the now-internationally recognized practice of "Community Engaged Theatre". For the past six years a group of postgraduate students of the Steinhardt School have spent a day in Drogheda learning about the work of Upstate in a very hands–on way. In 2010 Millmount Craft Centre in Drogheda hosted the group of students.