The Indie Convening

Envisioned as part Ted Talk, part SXSW, part Chautauqua, part “-CON” – but entirely Indie. This new annual gathering runs alongside FringeNYC, and is where our community comes together to discuss issues and ideas. The event will eventually feature masterclasses by alumni, panel discussions on issues, vendor booths, presentations by industry partners, and workshops where our artists share about techniques, practice, and central themes of their work. In its inaugural year, the events are organized into four tracks:

For emerging artists & those starting their indie theatre career: REASONS TO LOVE NYC 6pm on weekdays
For members of the indie theatre community: INDIE ISSUES ADDRESSED 6pm on weekdays
For our artists and audience: FringePLUS DISCUSSIONS following specific performances
For our entire community: Workshops at Westbeth

Indie Convening Events – 6pm at the FringeHUB

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As emerging artists gather to participate in and attend The NEW York International Fringe Festival, FringeNYC alumni present these panels and workshops aimed at making starting your creative career in the Big Apple a bit easier. Insider tips and opportunities to network with advocacy and service organizations, as well as other indie insider information from prior FringeNYC participants.

MON OCT 15th - Dayjobs for Creatives

Who needs a day job? We all gotta make that bank. Our panel of job providers, creators, and creatives talk about how theater-making skills CAN transfer to other industries, and spotlight oddball jobs you’ve never heard of…that may be right for you. ORGANIZING ALUMNA: Joanna Parson (FringeNYC ’97)

TUE OCT 16th - Meet the Actors Fund!
WED OCT 17th - Meet TDF!


THU OCT 18th - Meet ART/NY!

Kati Frazier, Co-Director of Programs from the Alliance of Resident Theatres joins us at the FringeHUB to chat about their services, and introduce us to their new “Incubator Membership” level – developed specifically for indie companies.


Indie makers, leaders and audiences gather to discuss how to move forward on indie theatre’s biggest challenges, and ensure that our limited resources are being leveraged in the most productive ways. In addition to planned topics and guests, some “open space” time will also be provided.

MON OCT 22nd - Direct Political Action with LIT:

Looking to take direct political action at a local level? Want to get engaged with your local community, and want to know where to start? The League of Independent Theater is an all-volunteer political advocacy organization that has been organizing theatermakers and their allies at a hyper-local level to tackle issues that directly impact the arts, as well as broader issues in the local community. Get the 101 on city government, community boards, participatory budgeting, political clubs, and other opportunities to influence your local community.

ORGANIZING ALUMNUS: Chris Harcum (FringeNYC ’03)

TUE OCT 23rd - But WHERE? with IndieSpace

ORGANIZING ALUMNA: Randi Berry (FringeNYC ’02)


WED OCT 24th - On the Demise of Print:

Crises of Criticism and Coverage

ORGANIZING ALUMNUS: Garrett Eisler (FringeNYC ’98)

THU OCT 25th -

Workshops at Westbeth – Come enjoy!

Monday 2 to 3PM – Balance & Strength Training Yoga  – FREE!

Tuesday 4 to 5:30PM – Tune Up Your Vibes with Sound Healing and Energy Balance Exercises – FREE!

Thursday 4 to 5PM – Feldenkrais Gentle Movement to increase range of motion and flexibility – $5


All classes take place at Westbeth Community Room – Enter at 155 Bank Street (Back of Courtyard)