Come take a peak behind the curtain with FringeU! In these 3 free-to-attend events, our panels of theatre experts discuss and explore the issues currently affecting performers, playwrights, and productions both on and off the stage.

FringeU will take place at The Connelly Theater (220 East 4th Street between Avenues A & B)


Monday, August 17th – 5:30-7:30PM
While technology offers playwrights more chances than ever before to get their work out into the world, so too does it offer potential pitfalls. Our panelists discuss copyright and ownership issues playwrights face in the internet age. 

Moderator: R. Patrick Alberty
Panelists: Ralph Sevush, Executive Director, Dramatist Legal Defense Fund; Martin Casella, Playwright (The Report, FringeNYC 2015)


Tuesday, August 18th – 5:30-7:30PM
Throughout history, the issue of censorship has been a neverending battle, affecting literature, film, and every level of theatrical production – from regional to Broadway. Why does censorship continue to be an issue? What does it mean for modern theatre?
Moderator: Elena K. Holy, FringeNYC
Panelists: Howard Sherman, Director, Arts Integrity Initiative, New School for Drama: @hesherman, @ArtsIntegrity


Monday, August 24th – 5:30-7:30PM
For years, a production’s success hinged on the words of a review. Today, the rules are changing, with the Internet providing an ever-shifting dynamic between production, audience, and critics. Join us as we discuss the evolving state of theatrical criticism.
Moderator: Leonard Jacobs, Clyde Fitch Report
Panelists: Jonathan Mandell, New York Theater; Molly Marinik, Theatre Is Easy; Martin Denton, Indie Theater Now

Additional panelists TBA!