Watch a video introduction to Minnesota Fringe!
There is one big thing that makes Fringe different from all other performing arts events in Minnesota: All the shows you'll see at Fringe were selected at random.
Yep. That's right. At Fringe, no one serves as judge or jury to determine who has the best résumé or connections to produce a show. Anyone may apply and, every February, we select the year's lineup by placing everyone's numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and pulling them out, one by one.
At the core of our mission, we believe everyone has the capability to make great art—and, more importantly, everyone should get their chance to try.
Our job is to give our artists a welcoming, affordable option to produce their own shows. From stage veterans to people who are brand-new to theater, Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell.
As long as our producers obey the laws of physics—and of Minnesota—we let them say whatever they please.
Fringe's staff doesn't approve scripts, influence casting or involve ourselves into the artistic process. Instead, Fringe provides a structure to make the business of producing a show as easy as possible.
Each producer pays a production fee of about $425 on average. For that money, Fringe provides five performances in a fully equipped venue, professional theater technicians, all front-of-house services, marketing support, workshops and other educational materials, and more.
In return, producers keep a minimum of 65 percent of their box office receipts and all of the new skills they've learned about making a business out of art.
Every Fringe artist is different: Some want to try making theater for the first time. Others are here to push their limits. No matter who they are or why they're here, every one of them has a home at Minnesota Fringe.