The 2018 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 with some texture like teal table runner, table runners are often used for décor, rather than to protect a tablecloth. 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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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.


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

Space is one of the most significant obstacles that artists encounter when trying to produce work in New York City. In the last decade alone, over 70 indie theaters have closed permanently or have been re-purposed. In a rapidly changing real estate landscape, artists are left scrambling to figure out where and how to make their work. IndieSpace intends to ease that burden by providing real estate consulting services and, ultimately, by securing affordable, permanent space for the indie theater community.

Join the founders of IndieSpace for a discussion on all things space related – the challenges and creative solutions for indie artists in NYC.

ORGANIZING ALUMNA: Randi Berry (FringeNYC ’02)


WED OCT 24th - ON THE DEMISE OF PRINT: Crises of Criticism and Coverage

The recent closing of the Village Voice–along with arts coverage cutbacks at other traditional media outlets–has intensified concerns about the future of theater criticism and reporting. Are there still platforms for people who want to write about theater? And what stake do theater makers have in the survival of professional arts journalism? How can artists (both in New York and beyond) navigate this changing media landscape and still reach audiences when local news coverage disappears? Our panel of professional critics, journalists, and publicists will discuss these questions and more. Come share your own ideas for solutions!

Moderator: Garrett Eisler (critic, historian, former blogger “The Playgoer”)
Panelists: Diep Tran (Senior Editor, American Theatre Magazine); Nicole Serratore (Managing Editor, ExeuntNYC); Katie Rosin (founder, Kampfire PR)

ORGANIZING ALUMNUS: Garrett Eisler (FringeNYC ’98)


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!

At The Actors Fund, we provide the (at no cost!) resources to help you make the most of your life in the performing arts. We’ve got social services and professional social workers offering counseling, support groups, education, practical help, and emergency financial assistance. Our housing resource center helps you navigate the NYC affordable housing system, and we really care about your health, with a state-of-the-art health center in Times Square and people at the ready for your health insurance questions and needs. In our Career Center, we provide education and training to help you identify and find sideline work. Come to learn more about the resources available to you!

WED OCT 17th - Meet TDF!

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary of bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. Discover our programs specifically geared towards our vital indie theatre makers and their audiences – from the TDF Costume Collection, making costuming your next indie production lush and affordable, to our newest Community Engagement programs, connecting theatres all over the city with cultivated new audience communities. We’re Here To Say: It’s For All Of Us.

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 new companies.

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)