PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline for FringeNYC 2018 has passed. For your reference, you can find the application and some general information below. The application for FringeNYC 2019 will be available on this website in January 2019. Applications will be accepted from January 2019 through March 2019. DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR FringeNYC 2019 NOW. DO NOT USE THE 2018 APPLICATION FORM IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR FringeNYC 2019. We have left this information available for your reference only. If you would like to be notified when 2019 applications become available, please click the button below to sign up.

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 re-imagining of the festival. Henceforward we will operate under a bifurcated model, with FringeNYC (an adjudicated festival) as well as FringeBYOV (a BYOV festival). Below you will find the GENERAL APPLICATION INFORMATION for local and national applicants applying for FringeNYC. International artists MUST use the INTERNATIONAL Application.


General Applications accepted February 14th – March 28th
Please READ CAREFULLY before filling out / submitting an application

In October 2018, The 21st New York International Fringe Festival will present approximately 100 national and international theater and performance companies in 10 venues in downtown New York City as a part of our adjudicated festival – FringeNYC.

FringeNYC uses a juried application process to ensure this adjudicated segment of our now bifurcated festival is a cross-section of the best emerging performance from around the world. The application process is highly competitive. This does not mean that because you are new or inexperienced that your chances of being accepted to FringeNYC are limited. In fact, an important part of our mission in producing FringeNYC is to create a community that provides an opportunity for the untried and the untested, as well as a gathering place for lively discussion and interaction among artists and audience. Talk to us in your cover letter. Tell us why you want to be a part of FringeNYC, and how your work will benefit from being involved. Organization, inspiration, passion and creativity are important to us – fancy videos and expensive-to-produce support materials are not.

Applications will be accepted from February 14th to March 28th. There are two steps which must BOTH be completed in order to apply for FringeNYC:

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM: The first step is to submit the Online Application Form, by answering a series of questions about your specific project. At the end of the Application Form, you’ll be asked to UPLOAD any / all support materials: Cover Letter (uploaded as a single PDF file); Script or adaptation (if any) of proposed project (uploaded as a single PDF file); and any additional support materials (like a storyboard, photos, press clippings, bios – also uploaded as a single PDF file). You will also be asked to provide a single URL (and password, if required) where audio files can be listened to and a single URL (and password, if required) where video files can be viewed. International applicants MUST use the International Application.

PAYMENT OF APPLICATION FEE ONLINE: Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable $40 application fee, paid via our PayPal system. Upon successful submission of the Online Application Form, you will be redirected to YOUR SPECIFIC LINK to pay the Application Fee for the application you just submitted. It is important to complete this second step as soon as possible following the submission of your online application.

All applications and application fees must be submitted on or before March 28th.

If your application is deemed incomplete, late (i.e. not received online on or before March 28th) and/or the application fee is not received by this time, it will not be adjudicated, nor will you be notified. Please submit only complete applications. Additional support materials cannot be added to your application after you hit submit, nor can your application be returned to / further modified. 

Due to the number of applicants and the size of our staff, please DO NOT contact us to see if your application has been received and/or is complete. If you are submitting more than one show, each show must have its own application, support materials, and application fee and be submitted separately.

All adjudicated applicants will receive acceptance status notification (i.e. accepted, alternated, or declined). Notification of acceptance status will begin to be sent on or about May 16th. At this time, if you are accepted to the festival, you will receive a participants’ packet. This packet must be completed and returned to us by our deadline, which is generally on or about June 9th, and accompanied by a non-refundable $1000 participation fee. Your show may also be selected as an alternate. Selected alternates MAY be offered a participant’s slot beginning June 9th.

If your show is accepted to the festival, you are given a slot in which to produce your show. We are NOT producing your show, we are merely presenting it. You or your producing organization must hire your own cast, crew, and staff, secure your own rights, and run your own rehearsals, etc.

Your show will be scheduled into one venue for the length of the festival. Most shows will receive approximately five performances over the course of the entire festival. Performances are approximately between 2pm and Midnight on weekdays, and between Noon and Midnight on weekends. There is only a 30 minute change-over time between shows. Your curtain time will vary from day to day in order to that ensure all shows receive an equal amount of prime performance times. Keep in mind that when you are striking or setting up your show, another show is also striking or setting up. Minimalism rules.

FringeNYC handles all aspects of ticketing and box office. In 2018, full priced tickets will be $22 (plus convenience charge). There are some discount tickets available.

In 2018, participants received a fee of $13 for each full priced ($22) ticket sold.

You will need to keep the technical requirements of your show very simple. The venues are equipped with only very basic lights and sound. Storage space (if any) in the venues is minimal; since this space is shared with all shows in that venue you must take props, set pieces and costumes away with you after each performance. Each company will have only one cue to cue technical rehearsal in the venue.

FringeNYC will publicize the festival and coordinate overall press relations, including interviews and critic attendance at performances critics have chosen to review. You will be asked to submit publicity photos and PR materials so that we can send complete press packages to print and broadcast media. You are responsible for publicizing your own show through your own press releases, mailers, handbills, busking and/or posters. The more you promote your show, the larger your potential audience.

If you are accepted to FringeNYC, part of our agreement prohibits the performance of your show anywhere in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut anytime during the months of June, July, August, or September. This is primarily due to the fact that we depend upon our small portion of your box office income in order to pay for your participation in the festival. Performances elsewhere within our audience area greatly impact ticket sales to FringeNYC and the desirability of your show (as do reviews). Please keep this restriction in mind when accepting other invitations to perform your show during these months, particularly before you have received acceptance status notification from FringeNYC.

Out-of-area participants, like locals, are responsible for all aspects of production and publicity for their show, as well as travel expenses, securing working visas (where required), and accommodations. FringeNYC will do all it can to help source inexpensive housing for a participating company. Additionally, INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS MUST USE THE INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the goal of THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL to present the most vibrant, innovative, and diverse new work. We feel we can better guarantee this through a selection process. Application does not automatically guarantee acceptance. This does not mean that because you are new or inexperienced that your chances of being accepted to FringeNYC are limited. In fact, we are looking specifically for the new and untried. Talk to us in your cover letter. Let us know why you feel the need to take part in FringeNYC. Having no video, reviews, or resume to speak of should not stop you from applying.


  • Choose your show and prepare your support materials (Script, Cover Letter, Printed materials as PDF files, Video and Audio support materials as links (urls)).
  • COMPLETELY fill out the application form ONLINE, in your browser.
  • REVIEW your completed application to make sure it is complete and correct. Double-check your email address in Question #14.
  • Press CHECK FOR ERRORS AND SUBMIT. If errors are displayed, correct and press CHECK FOR ERRORS again.
  • If there are no errors, your application will submit and you’ll see a confirmation page displayed. You will also receive a confirmation email
  • Click BUY NOW on this confirmation page in order to pay the Application Fee via credit card.
  • Keep your confirmation emails for your records.


For more information, please visit the APPLICANT FAQ/hints section of the website. If you still have questions, we are available to help you in advance of the deadline at You may want to print and keep or bookmark these instructions and your original application email for your reference.