Family Fringe

Family Fringe offers children and families interested in new and adventurous work the ability to see shows presented by companies creating multi-generational productions. Family Fringe is a separate, juried festival taking place over two weekends in tandem with the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Family Fringe artists are selected by a jury comprised of artists, producers, board, and staff using a rubric based on artistic vision, production feasibility, style and aesthetic, and inclusion. Participants earn a majority portion of ticket sales and pay a small producer fee to offset Fringe's up front cost of venue rental, workshops, publicity, professional technicians, house managers, and other staff.  Explore 2018 Family Family Fringe shows.

Family oriented programming offers young audiences and their care providers new and adventurous options that are hard to find and/or underrepresented in traditional theater spaces. Attendance to Family Fringe is through single ticket purchase or admission packages which allow for crossover between Family Fringe and the Fringe Festival.

The 2019 Family Fringe performances will take place July 26-28 and August 2-4 at the Barbara Barker Center for Dance on the University of Minnesota West Bank Campus. Applications are open December 1, 2018, through February 28, 2019. 

Jurors score proposals based on:

  • Artistic Vision: Does the applicant clearly articulate their intention for their production? Is there demonstrated evidence in their materials to carry out the production/concept?
  • Production Feasibility: Is this production realistically feasible within Fringe's technical paradigm? Would it be a successful fit for the theatrical space? 
  • Style & Aesthetic: Does this production tell a story in a novel or innovative way? Does it push-to-the-Fringe of performance? Would this production add spice and excitement to the festival line-up? Does the applicant demonstrate a clear, compelling aesthetic?
  • Artistic Inclusion: Does this show champion underrepresented voices or themes when compared to our current local, national and international performing arts community? Could this show help to cultivate new and first-time theater-going audiences?
  • Wildcard: Up to 3 additional points here not accommodated in the criteria above. Please include a justification.

2019 Family Fringe Jury

The 2019 Family Fringe Jury will include previous Festival artists, Fringe's artistic director, a board member, and experts in the area of theatre for young audiences.

  • Sue Haas - Executive Artistic Director, Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • Sheena Janson Kelley* - Associate Producer, Jungle Theatre 
  • Erin Sheppard* - dancer & choreographer, Erin Sheppard Presents
  • Natalie Tran - Performer
  • Michael Winn - Director of Community Partnerships & Inclusion, Children's Theatre Company
  • Jay Gilman - Artistic Director, Minnesota Fringe
  • Randy Shimpach, J.D. - Board of Directors, Minnesota Fringe

*Indicates previous Minnesota Fringe artist and/or producer.

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