The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), once the largest multi-arts festival in North America, presented the 20th Annual Festival from August 12 – 28, 2016. Each year the festival presented programming by nearly 200 of the world’s best emerging theatre troupes and dance companies; as well as Special Events, including FringeJR (shows for kids), FringeAL FRESCO (free outdoor performances), FringeHIGH (shows that resonate with High School kids), FringeCLUB (celebrations), FringeART (a visual art celebration) and more!
In 2017, The Present Theatre Company, Inc. (creators and producers of FringeNYC) announced a one-year hiatus from producing the festival, in order to conduct The Blank Canvas Project – a year of re-imagining the festival and strategic planning for the future. In August, as a part of a twentieth anniversary celebration event presented by the FringeNYC Alumni Association, FringeNYC 20/20: A Vision for FringeNYC’s future was announced. The next festival will be presented in October of 2018 (and annually thereafter).
In 1997, New York City became the seventh US city to host a fringe festival, joining Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Houston, Orlando and San Francisco. FringeNYC has presented over 3000 performing groups representing every continent, prompting Switzerland’s national daily, The New Zurich Zeitung, to declare FringeNYC as “the premiere meeting ground for alternative artists.”
FringeNYC has also been the launching pad for numerous Off-Broadway and Broadway transfers, long-running downtown hits, and regional theater productions including Urinetown, Matt & Ben, Never Swim Alone, The Jammer, Debbie Does Dallas, Dog Sees God, Brandon Teena, Dixie’s Tupperware Party, 21 Dog Years, The Irish Curse, Jurassic Parq, The Fartiste, Silence! The Musical and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche; movies including WTC View and Armless; and even a TV show (‘da Kink in My Hair).
FringeNYC alumni include Bradley Cooper, Melissa Rauch (Big Bang Theory), Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me, CNN’s Inside Man), Mindy Kaling, Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin), Alex Timbers (Rocky), Leigh Silverman (Violet), W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased), Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) and Chris Lowell (Enlisted), among countless other success stories.
FringeNYC is a production of The Present Theatre Company, Inc., under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy. Ms. Holy was selected as a “Person of the Decade” in nytheatre now’s Indie Theater Hall of Fame.
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