Through a variety of programs, Minnesota Fringe works with 1,000+ artists each year to create adventurous performing arts experiences featuring an array of genres, and supporting the development of new, adventurous work. Explore opportunities below, as well as our full calendar of events.
- Our cornerstone program, anyone can apply to be a Fringe Festival artist and, if selected via lottery, are guaranteed a spot. Shows whose lottery number is not selected are placed on a waiting list in case selected performers drop out.
To ensure a wide range of artists can participate, we offer two initiatives to help tackle costs: our Fee Deferment Program, allowing artists to deduct their producer fee from their final box office payout (meaning $0 paid in advance); and Festival Artist Grants, which cover up to $500 of producer fees in full, creating an opportunity for a limited number of artists to produce their show for a $0 fee. Both initiatives are managed and selected by Fringe's Artist Committee, a volunteer group of artists who have participated in past Fringe programming.
- Family Fringe is our adventurous festival for multi-generational audiences, featuring work geared for young people ages 13 and under and their families and caregivers.
- Artists are selected by jury using a rubric, and must submit information about their production and artistic work samples.
The festivals offer support and structure to working artists via: producer training and professional development, fueling exceptional and diverse artistic practices found in the performing arts, creating economic engines for artists, and contributing to the cultural competitiveness of our state.
Producers in both the Festival and Family Fringe are paid 70% of box office receipts based on seats filled during performances, or can pay a higher producing fee to receive 100% of box office receipts.
Drafts & Draughts
- Applications open on a rolling basis.
- Drafts & Draughts is Fringe's multidisciplinary scratch night, featuring 4-6 snippets of staged new
work. Presenting works-in-progress in a casual atmosphere provides artists with a supportive audience. Artists work with Fringe staff to
design and receive feedback on the specific questions needed to push their work further. Drafts & Draughts runs the gamut, featuring
theatre, dance, improv, storytelling, spoken word, magic, and more.
Beyond the Box
- Applications for the 2018-19 cycle are now closed. Check back in fall 2019 for more information.
- Beyond the Box will incubate 4 artists in two intentionally paired teams of mentor/mentee, each
crafting their own 15-30 minute performance to take place at the new Theater In The Round Amphitheater on Nicollet Mall.
- Fringe Presents is Fringe's annual curated offering around a unifying theme or concept.
- There is no application process, but artist are welcome to submit their worksamples or proposals via email@example.com from September
to May annually. (Submissions are not accepted or considered during summer months due to the high volume of producing demands during this