About Minnesota Fringe

There is one big thing that makes Fringe different from any other event in town: All the shows you'll see at Fringe were selected randomly by lottery.

Yep. That's right. Each year the lineup is crafted by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and drawing them out, one by one. From stage veterans to people who are brand new to theater, Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell. We also provide the necessary support to make producing a show as easy as possible, regardless of where you land on the artistic spectrum.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in our next festival, applications will go live in November here on our website. Sign up for our newsletter to receive a reminder as well as information about other theater events happening around town.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote creative freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. Thank you for joining in this adventure!

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Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With 850 performances of 167 shows in just 11 days, we have to run a tight schedule to avoid descending into chaos. Performances are no more than 60 minutes long with a half hour between each show.

On weekdays shows begin at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. On weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. In addition to keeping our schedule, late seating is a safety issue for artists and audiences.

Safety for artists: Some of our theaters require that patrons walk across parts of the stage to reach the seating area, and many of our production companies’ stage work encompasses entrances and exits from the house.

Safety for audiences: Entering a darkened theater, possibly for the first time, and trying to find open seats puts patrons and volunteers at unnecessary risk.

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Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, serves as the late-night watering hole for artists, staff, volunteers and audience members alike. Come in after a day full of shows to grab a beer and some bar food. Talk about what you loved and what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the scenes and actors on the stage. Find out what you should see tomorrow or dream up your own idea for next year. You never know what will happen during Fringe, but dropping by Fringe Central gives you a serious head start.

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What to Wear

Shorts and a t-shirt. Seriously. Also, a pair of comfy shoes will serve you well in case you have to wait in line. Pro tip: Most Fringe shows take place indoors in air-conditioned venues, so having a layer to throw on in case you get chilly is also advisable.

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Choosing a Show

With 850 performances of 167 shows, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose the perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Lanyards are worn by Fringe artists and there are at least a thousand of them dying to tell you about their show.

Read and write reviews: See what audiences are raving about on our audience review page, then return the favor and let others know what you thought.

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Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

Create: Applications for the 2018 festival will go live mid-November on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, all shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Attend: Thanks to the new day pass system, attending Fringe is easier and cheaper than ever.

Volunteer: Our 400+ volunteers are near and dear to our hearts and make our festival go, so we shower them with lots of love and complimentary seats! Sign up for a shift now!

Socialize: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Support: Help us create Minnesota's Summer Theater Crawl by donating to or sponsoring our annual festival. Gifts of any size make a large contribution to our ability to meet our mission.

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Box Office Info

Pass + Token = Your Admission

Everyone needs a valid pass to see a show. In addition to your pass, you will receive a token at the venue which guarantees you a seat. Turn in your token to the usher when you enter the theater.

More information about passes and policies here.


Optional reservations guarantee a seat for a particular performance and can be purchased online in advance. You must also have a valid to get in. Day passes can be bought online with a reservation to save time, and can be picked up at the venue box office 30 minutes before the performance.

More information about reservations here.


For everyone's safety, Fringe does not allow late seating or re-admission. Photos and video are prohibited without written permission from the production staff. Fringe cannot provide refunds or exchanges.

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35 Different Angles From Which To Hate Yourself

By Rogue & Rabble Dance
Created by Jesse Schmitz-Boyd

Playing at Southern Theater


GLBT content, Modern Dance, Storytelling/Spoken word, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer


Just so you know, this show contains Adult language, Sexual Content.

Anxiety. Shame. Self-Loathing. What?s the common thread? I don't know, I can't afford health insurance! This dance is about why people hate themselves. Vivid imagery & humor create a love poem to imperfection.

Grown-ups only (18+)


Thu, 8/3 @ 7:00pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 2:30pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 10:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 7:00pm

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

Ticket Options

Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm we'll also open an Alternative Box Office at Fringe Central so you can grab a Day Pass and skip the lines at the venue before the show.

Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

A 2017 Fringe button isn't required for entry, but it does get you access! Wearing it not only identifies you as a part of a fabulous Fringe community, it also entitles you to special deals at local bars and restaurants and access to reduced ticket prices at various theaters throughout the year. Get your 2017 Fringe button for only $4 at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

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Cast and crew

Sara Karimi


A native of Milwaukee, WI, Sara began her training with the Milwaukee Ballet School and Company and Kellar Dance Studios. Sara graduated from University of Iowa with a BFA in Dance and continued her training at Joffrey Ballet, Bates Dance Festival and Colorado Dance Festival. She has performed for artists including Valerie Madonia, Caroline Richardson, Jennifer Kayle, Alan Sener and George de la Pena and been a company member touring regionally and nationally with 10,000 Feet Dance Company and Kayle & Co. Upon moving to the Twin Cities, she’s performed in Dance and Other Behaviors, Rhythmically Speaking, and Fringe Festival, among others. She is currently a company member with Threads Dance Project and Borealis Dance.

Mirabai Miller


Mirabai Miller was born and raised in Silverton, Oregon and moved to Minneapolis in 2010 to attend the University of Minnesota's Dance Program. She received her BFA in Dance in 2014. During her time at University, she performed works by Makeda Thomas, Stephen Petronio, Carl Flink, Uri Sans and Nora Chipaumire. Since her graduation, Mirabai spent two years with Afro-brazilian company, Contempo Physical Dance and participated in the 2015 touring season of Black Label Movement. She is also currently a company member with Shapiro & Smith Dance and has been since 2013. This is Mirabai's first time working with Rogue & Rabble Dance.

Erin Ross


Erin Ross was born into a family of musicians. She began studying dance at Ballet Arts Minnesota and Minnesota Dance Theater. At age 16, she became an Apprentice with the Minnesota Dance theater, under the direction of Lise Houlton, where she performed Nutcracker Fantasy, Swingin’ Nutcracker, Rite of Spring, Carnival of the Animals and Swan Lake. She spent summers at Interlochen Arts Camp, where she received the Fine Arts Award for Ballet, at ABT and Complexions in New York, Houston Ballet and the Dawson/Wallace Dance Project Professional Workshop in Denver. In 2012 she graduated from the Alonzo King Lines Training Program in San Francisco, and soon after moved to Miami to dance with the Dance Now Ensemble for a season. Since returning to the Twin Cities, Erin has danced at the 2013 Fringe Festival in Helen Hatch’s There is no Myth project, and is also pursuing a singing/ songwriting career. Her vocal work has been heard on ads for Minnesota Lottery, Khols, the Gap and her songs have been featured on MPR The Current. She works as an instructor at the Foss Swim School, dances with Alternative Motion Project, and is thrilled to be a part of Rogue and Rabble Dance for it's first performance!

Lauren Vanchina


Lauren received her BA in Dance and Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2014. While at Iowa, Lauren immersed herself in several aspects of dance study: she studied dance history and theory as an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow under the guidance of dance scholar Rebekah Kowal, taught the kiddos how to shuffle with the University of Iowa Youth Ballet, and performed across Iowa as a member of Dancers in Company. She has performed in works by Charlotte Adams, Gabriel Anderson, Jennifer Kayle, Alan Sener, Lisa Gonzales, Ester Baker-Tarpaga, and Olivier Tarpaga. Lauren interned with Dance Magazine in the summer of 2013, and her contributions to the magazine appear in several issues from late that year.

Currently, Lauren is dancing for groovy folks like Rogue and Rabble at the Fringe! Lauren spends most of her time busting out some sweet modern dance with Alternative Motion Project, working towards her Masters in Social Work at the U of M, and growing giant beefsteak tomatoes.

Jesse Schmitz-Boyd


Jesse Schmitz-Boyd is a Twin Cities based performer, choreographer and arts educator. Graduating cum laude in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin – Steven Point, where he studied Dance and Anthropology. Jesse has had five seasons dancing with Alternative Motion Project. Last season he choreographed AMP’s Create-a-Dance, using audience input to develop the piece "a whisper, then a flash". Jesse has also performed locally with Off-Leash Area at the Cowles Center and throughout Minnesota as a part of the company’s Neighborhood Garage Tour. While at UWSP he danced feature roles in Susan Marshall & Company’s "Other Stories" and Billy Sigenfeld’s "God of Dirt". Upon graduation Jesse toured the Midwest with Chicago based RE| Dance Group performing Michael Estanich’s "The Lonely Visitors".

Jesse’s choreography has been presented at The Minnesota Fringe Festival, Rochester Ensemble of Dance (R.E.D.), Zenon Dance Zone, The Ritz Theatre, and Movement Arts Day (Eau Claire, WI). This August he will be presenting work at the Minnesota Fringe Festival with his newly formed performance group Rogue & Rabble Dance.

Jesse teaches dance and movement to children and adults at Zenon Dance Company & School, TU Dance Center, Children’s Theater Company, Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center, Straightline Dance Fitness, and Allegro School of Dance & Music.

When not dancing Jesse can be found enjoying science fiction television, eating gummy worms or playing pinball. Jesse would like to thank his partner David for his support and love.

Ashley E. Stock

Stage Manager

Ashley E. Stock is a lighting designer, electrician, stage manager, and stagehand throughout the Twin Cities and nationally — she currently works for Children's Theatre Company, Phipps Center for the Arts, Guthrie Theater, and IATSE Local 13, and previously for The Santa Fe Opera, The Yard on Martha's Vineyard, History Theatre, and Shakespeare & Co. in the Berkshires, to name a few. You can find her this autumn at St. Olaf College as the Dance Department’s new Technical Designer. She is a proud alum of UW-Stevens Point with dual degrees: BFA Design/Technology Theatre and BA German.

When it comes to dance and dance production, Ashley is no novice. She has worked with and danced alongside of movement makers and choreographers Adam Barruch, Camille A. Brown, Luke Murphy, Yin Mei, Jason Samuels Smith, Cori Marquis, The Wondertwins, Skinner|Kirk, and Ragamala Dance, among others. She had the pleasure of designing lights for UWSP choreographers/professors Joan Karlen, Jeannie Hill, and Michael Estanich, as well as re-creating lights for Keigwin & Co.’s piece Air. As a dancer and musician herself, assisting to produce works of dance just makes sense. Ashley is thrilled to be working with Rogue & Rabble Dance, and thanks to her family for continuous support.


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