Each year Minnesota Fringe works with more than 1,000 artists to organize adventurous performing arts experiences featuring an array of genres and support the development of new and adventurous work through a variety of programs that create open, supportive forums for free and diverse artistic expression. Current open submission opportunities are below, or see Fringe's full calendar of events.


Fringe Festival 

  • Our cornerstone program, 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.
  • Applications are open December 1, 2018, through February 14, 2019. There is a non-refundable application fee to cover administrative costs. The festival lottery will be held in late February and live-streamed on social media.

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 from their show (meaning $0 paid in advanced to produce a show); and Festival Artist Grants, which cover up to $500 of producer fees, creating an opportunity for a limited number of artists to produce their show entirely for free. Both initiatives are managed and decided upon by the Minnesota Fringe Artist Committee, a volunteer group of artists who have participated in past Fringe programming.

Family Fringe

  • Family Fringe artists are selected by jury using a transparent rubric and must submit specific information about their proposed work and work samples. 
  • Applications are open December 1, 2018, through February 28, 2019. 

The Festivals offer support structures to working artists through training and professional development of producing skills that fuel the exceptional and diverse artistic practices found in the performing arts, creating an economic engine for artists and contributing to the cultural competitiveness of our state. Producers in both festivals are paid 70% of box office receipts based on seats filled during their performanceswhich they can use to offset the artistic costs of show production such as actor stipends, director fees, costume and set materials, and royalties.

Drafts & Draughts

  • Applications now open on a rolling basis.
  • Drafts & Draughts is Fringe's multidisciplinary scratch night, featuring 3-5 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.

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