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.

Beyond the Box 

Mentor applications now open; deadline Thursday, November 29; Mentee applications open December 2018

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. Learn more.

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, interdisciplinary work, and more.

Fringe Festival

Applications open December 2018

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.

Artist applications are available on our website beginning in the late-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.

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.

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

  • Producer workshops, training, and networking on a variety of topics
  • A theatrical venue 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 Affordability: To ensure a wide range of artists can participate in our Festival, 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 100% of producer fees, creating an opportunity for a limited number of artists each year to produce their show entirely for free. Both initiatives are managed and decided upon by Fringe's Artist Committee, a volunteer group of artists based in Minnesota and beyond who have participated in past Fringe programming.

Family Fringe

Applications open December 2018

Family Fringe artists are selected by jury using a transparent rubric and must submit specific information about their proposed work and work samples.

Fringe and Family Fringe 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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