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Below you'll find information about FringeU from our 2014 festival. Information for this year's festival will be posted in July.

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FringeU 2014 is an opportunity to learn at lunchtime! Join us for discussions featuring some of the creators of this year's FringeNYC shows as well as many FringeNYC Alumni and other members of the theatre community. These FREE panels at 1pm are followed by Q&A sessions that often spill out into continued conversations at FringeCENTRAL for an opportunity to gain perspective on what playwrights are writing about, thinking about, and creating. 

FringeU events will take place at FringeCENTRAL.    

How to Write about Plays in the 21st Century

Martin Denton (editor of Indie Theater Now and nytheater now) leads an exploration of a new paradigm for reviewing and contextualizing contemporary drama that makes new work discoverable by artists and audiences. PANELIST: Martin Denton

Monday August 11th at 1pm at FringeCENTRAL

Everything Old is New Again

Playwright/director/educator Anthony P. Pennino (A Thousand Deaths) leads a discussion on adaptations. How do you make a classic work fresh? And why would you even want to? Panelists include: Noah Diamond (I'll Say She Is), Tony Lance (Twelfth Night), Kenneth Molloy

Tuesday August 12th at 1pm at FringeCENTRAL

Global Perspectives and the World Fringe Alliance

Trends in independent theater beyond the USA: FringeNYC producing artistic director Elena K. Holy joins this internationally-focused panel to look at how “fringe” theater is created, produced, and experienced by audiences around the globe. Panelists include: Julia Barclay-Morton

Wednesday August 13th at 1pm at FringeCENTRAL

A Talk with Jeffrey Sweet

Playwright/critic/educator/theater author Jeffrey Sweet (Kunstler) in conversation with Martin Denton about the evolution of improv theater and other topics. Jeff’s book Something Wonderful Right Away is the seminal history of the genre. 

Monday August 18th at 1pm at FringeCENTRAL

Bringing Indie Theater to the Classroom

How do we prepare a new generation to become theater artists, audiences, and participants? Julie Congress and Ryan Emmons (Co-Directors, New York Thespian Society/New York Chapter of the Educational Theatre Association) moderate a discussion about how to bring the values and techniques of indie theater to students in elementary, middle, and high schools. Panelists: Tim Collins, Kevin R. Free, Erin Kaplan, Joe Norton

Tuesday August 19th at 1pm at FringeCENTRAL

Devising Indie Theater at Colleges and Universities

A panel of educators and theater practitioners review practical, real-life case studies in creating compelling original work at or in conjunction with college students across America. Panelists: Adam R. Burnett, David Dannenfelser, Kevin Kittle, Neal Utterback (The Picture (of Dorian Gray))

Wednesday August 20th at 1pm at FringeCENTRAL

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FringeNYC will celebrate its 19th Anniversary August 14th - 30th, 2015.

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5,000 artists
2,000 registered volunteers
1,200 performances
200 shows
20 venues
18 dollar advance tickets
16 days and
2 full-time employees

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