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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.

Fringe Festival 

  • 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. 

2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival Companies & Wait Lists

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. 

Producers in the Fringe Festival are paid 65% of box office receipts based on seats filled during performances.

Additional Minnesota Fringe programs will be placed on a temporary hold as the organization reorganizes its staff to focus on the festival sustainability.

Drafts & Draughts

  • 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

  • Beyond the Box incubates 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
  • 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 from September to May annually. (Submissions are not accepted or considered during summer months due to the high volume of producing demands during this time period.) 


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