PLEASE NOTE: In 2017, we took a one-year hiatus from producing The New York International Fringe Festival in order to embark upon The Blank Canvas Project, a complete reimagining of the festival. Henceforward we will operate under the bifurcated model, with FringeNYC (an adjudicated festival) as well as FringeBYOV (a BYOV festival). This page of Frequently Asked Questions has been created for FringeNYC applicants and potential applicants.


Applying for FringeNYC includes completing and submitting an online application form (including uploading and/or providing links to your support materials) AND THEN paying your $40 application fee via PayPal. RETURNING APPLICANTS, please take note of these updates and closely follow the instructions on the information page and application.

Q: When is the festival?

A: FringeNYC will now take place annually in October. Exact dates in October have yet to be determined but will be announced soon (pending venue confirmation).

Q: Where can I mail my Application and Support Materials to?

A: Applications, support materials and payments will NOT be accepted by mail. Any item received will be disregarded. Everything must be submitted via the Online Application.

Q: Who do I make my Money Order out to for Application Payment?

A: The Application Payment must be paid via PayPal. After submitting your Application, you’ll be prompted to pay immediately through our secure PayPal account. Credit cards, debit cards and checking account withdrawals are accepted.

Q: In what format must my support materials be?

A: Your Cover Letter, script and additional printed support materials must be uploaded as single PDF files. An error message will appear otherwise and your materials will not be received. There is a place to upload a cover letter, script and additional materials. EACH file should be a maximum of 10MB.

Q: How will you see a video of the production and listen to songs from my show?

A: On the Application, you’ll be ale to provide a single link to your video as well as a single link to songs. Links to YouTube, Vimeo and Soundcloud are preferred and you’ll be able to provide a password if it’s protected. If you’d like our adjudicators to view multiple video clips or listen to multiple audio files, it’s best to provide a URL to a playlist on YouTube/Vimeo, or a URL to a page on your company’s website that contains all necessary links.

Q: What if my recordings online are password protected?

A: There is a place on the Application to include the password to any protected media. You will need to be online in order to submit your application. In other words, a live application on a live internet connection is required.

Q: I have not received a confirmation email after hitting the "Check Errors & Submit" button. What do I do?

A: If you have clicked the “Check Errors & Submit” button and have not received a confirmation email, go back to the application (which you should have kept open as per the instructions) and confirm your email address is typed in properly. Also check that you have typed in the “Signing Oath” at the bottom of the application EXACTLY as it appears in the section. If both of those things are correct press the “Check Errors & Submit” button again. If you still do not receive a confirmation email please check your spam. It is not NECESSARY that you get an application number in order to be considered for the festival, just preferred. It is not necessary for you to know your application number. The number is only used internally.

Q: Where can I mail my Application and Support Materials to?

A: Applications, support materials and payments will NOT be accepted by mail. Any items received will be disregarded. Everything must be submitted via the Online Application.

Q: What about recorded representation, should it be the whole show, just an excerpt or highlights?

A: You should include any support materials which you feel enhance your application package. Video is not required. If you do choose to submit a video, you can provide either a whole performance or excerpts. For work without a “script” per se (i.e. dance/movement) video is an important way to convey information to the adjudication panel about your work. Except/highlights videos can be helpful. As far as quality of video recordings, we understand resources are limited. We don’t critique your budget. We’re much more interested in the quality of the work.

Q: My script is at a workshop stage/not complete right now, is a completed script required?

A: A completed script is not required, some of the work submitted is still in progress. But keep in mind the Adjudication Panel doesn’t know anything about you…so it is important to provide them with an informative package. Some sample writing and a clear explanation of what else is planned for the work are important.

Q: What is the maximum running time for participating shows in FringeNYC? What is the minimum running time?

A: FringeNYC has no maximum running time – we have presented full-length operas as well as 24 hour productions. Keep in mind that extraordinarily long shows, if accepted, may receive fewer performances. The minimum running time for a FringeNYC show is thirty minutes.

Q: Will I be notified whether I have been accepted or not and when will I find out this information?

A: All applicants will receive notification of acceptance status (i.e. accepted, alternated, or declined) via email. Notification of acceptance status will BEGIN TO BE EMAILED on or about May 16th. However, it takes up to a week to mail notifications to each of our 800+ applicants. You should not be concerned unless you have not received your notification by May 23rd.

If you are reading this and it is May 23rd or later you may send an inquiry regarding your application status to Please include the title of your show and your application number (if available). NOTE: Inquiries regarding acceptance status which are received prior to May 23rd will not be answered, as doing so would prevent us from attending to the important business of sending out notifications.

Q: If accepted as a participant in FringeNYC, what are the insurance requirements, particularly if we are going to do the show under the Actor's Equity Showcase code?

A: Details about required insurance for participants will be addressed in the Participants package mailed upon acceptance to the festival. FringeNYC requires that each show obtains the same insurance coverage as is required by the Actor’s Equity Association’s Showcase Code.

Please do not suggest that we call or write to someone for a reference for you or your work. The adjudication panel does not have time or resources to make calls about the 800+ applications. We will adjudicate your application based solely upon the materials actually included.

Be kind to your adjudicators. Number the pages of your script, use a font size of at least 10 pts, do not include any watermarks or logos in the page(s) or other items which might prove difficult for review, especially in the context of looking at many projects.

Include materials that you feel best represent your planned production. For example: for musicals, if no recorded representation of the work is available, you may include selections from the score (highlights of the show). Please do not upload entire printed scores. A recording may include either highlights or the entire show.

Q: I'm confused about theater types. What are the differences between a studio theater, a black box and a proscenium? Is it a question of size, layout or technical capacity? Or is it something else entirely?

A: These are types of venues, and do not make reference to size or capacity. The stage size and capacity for each of those theater types vary. Keep in mind the technical section on the application is the preliminary gather of information for us, to make sure a show can be done within the structure of the festival and to enable us to begin to secure venues based upon this preliminary information. If you’re planning something we really need to keep in mind (spewing volcano on stage, etc.) let us know that. This preliminary question helps us to get an idea of the number and types of spaces we need. Upon acceptance, shows will fill out a very detailed technical survey form and will be assigned to a venue based on shared technical needs; so you should put down the kind of space that best suits your show.

In general, a STUDIO theatre refers to a converted space. It might be a space which can also serve as a classroom, gallery or rehearsal studio, and is generally more intimate in size. They often have light walls and floors. A BLACK BOX may be similar shaped, but generally has black walls, ceiling, and floor. A PROSCENIUM generally has a separation between the audience and performers, and sometimes has a proscenium arch. Proscenium spaces tend to be less intimate. ALL venues have theatrical lighting and seating. We do not have performance spaces with seating “in the round” or with audience on two sides.