Each year Minnesota Fringe works with more than 1000 artists to organize a performing arts extravaganza that features an array of genres and support the development of new and adventurous work. 

Anyone can apply to be a Fringe Festival artist and, if the application is chosen in the festival lottery, they have a guaranteed spot in the festival that year. If the lottery number isn't chosen, artists are placed on a waiting list for openings in case other selected performers need to drop out. Family Fringe artists are selected by jury using a transparent rubric and must submit specific information about their proposed work and work samples if they have them. Artists participating in year-round programs of Minnesota Fringe are selected after successful festival participation.

Artist applications are available on our website beginning in the fall and are due mid-February There is a non-refundable application fee to cover administrative costs. The festival lottery and public announcement of Family Fringe producers are held in late February and live-streamed on social media.

Artist Support

Minnesota Fringe offers support structures to working artists through training and professional development of producing skills that fuel the exceptional and diverse artistic practices found in the theater arts. Our goals include creating an economic engine for artists and contributing to the cultural competitiveness of our state.

Selected artists for each festival pay a producing fee relative to theater size that covers:

  • Producer workshops and training on a variety of topics
  • Venue rent for five performances
  • Professional technical staff for lights and sound
  • Arrangements with professional associations like Actors' Equity, BMI, and ASCAP
  • Customizable show page on our website
  • Streamlined box office sales and audience tracking
  • Free day passes to share with supporters, friends, or complete strangers
  • Box Office Staff as well as Volunteers to provide audience services
  • Fringe Central: A community gathering space to mingle with artists, staff, and volunteers each night of the festival

Festival artists are paid 70% of box office receipts based on seats filled during their performances which they can use to offset the artistic costs of show production such as actor stipends, director fees, costume and set materials, and royalties.


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