We are bringing back Fringe! Artists who are interested in performing will be provided with space, some promotion, and a chance to perform for your colleagues at the 2017 National Festival.
The Fringe Sub-Festival is a chance for you to share your self-produced show or installation with the festival community. If you are willing to find resources for your tech needs and to help spread the word about your work guerrilla-marketing style, we’ll find a fringe-suitable location in which your work can be seen!
What sort of tech and space help can you provide?
Amy Rush, the Fringe Producer, will work with you to find a location and space-mates that will work well with your individual piece. Shorter pieces will be matched with similar shorter works to create group performances. Longer pieces may have their own spaces. Easy tech needs (like one outlet, a large playing space or one table) are provided as best as we can, but larger needs (like hanging lights or sound sources) mostly are taken care of by the performers themselves. In some cases, if someone is bringing larger lights or sound and Amy knows that someone else needs these things, she’ll see if the two performers can match up and perform in the same space. Keep in mind that audiences will understand that performances are in less-than-ideal locations (think classrooms, lobbies, or under a tree), but will welcome your work and your generosity to share with open minds.
How much will I be compensated to bring a piece for Fringe?
You will be compensated by applause and adoration from your fellow festival goers. While we wish we had a budget for every performer at the festival, we don’t. Fringe is an opportunity for you to share your work out of the kindness of your heart and in the spirit of adventure!
What is the time commitment?
Fringe performers may have to miss out on an event or two during the festival, depending on the difficulty of the set up for each piece or show, so we encourage people to offer pieces that can be performed with minimal tech and set-up time. There isn’t really a set tech time. Standard Fringe will occur Thursday night and on Saturday, we’re looking for some installations and busking performances to occur during the closing party.
What type of submissions are you accepting for Fringe?
Fringe is not curated (within reason), but all submissions must be as detailed as possible, in order to plan as best as possible for performers and for the audience. Anything under 50 minutes in length is accepted, but the shorter pieces might have more audiences. You must already be planning to attend the Festival when you apply for Fringe, as all Fringe participants must be a festival registrant. We especially want to encourage puppet shows and performance installations that stretch boundaries – experimental work that challenges the idea of puppet performance – but we also will happily present more traditional forms. Do you have an unexpected story or style or way to view your work? Consider submitting for Fringe! Keep in mind that the Festival also includes a National Slam and a Potpourri component. If you aren’t sure if your work would be better suited for the Slam/Potpourri or for the Fringe, we can discuss your options.
Submit your piece of the Fringe in the form below ASAP. If you have any questions, email Amy Rush, Fringe Producer, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will be in touch as soon as she is able.
Fringe Submission Form