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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By RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy
Created by Renu Kumar

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust

Dancing BareFeet, a fast-paced Bollywood Dance-Drama, is a humorous saga of a young girl’s emotional journey, woven within nature elements. Enjoy the comedy, colorful dances, melodious music & riveting drama.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 2-6 and up


Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 7:00pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 5:30pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 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

Renu Kumar

Producer, Artistic Director, Lead Choreographer, Dancer, Actor- Playing, 'Rohini'

"Renu Kumar is the Founder/Artistic Director/Choreographer/Principal Dancer of RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy (Founded in 2004). She has worked as a master teacher and performer in Modern Indian/Bollywood/Folk dancing in the U.S. for 1982. Renu is originally from India and has extensive training in Classical North Indian Kathak, Folk and Modern dances. In addition, she was trained in many other art forms, which include painting, graphic design, computer animation, and photography. These skills have provided her with the backbone for her artistic expression and are heavily utilized in her work as an Artistic Director.

She graduated from Meerut University with a B.A. in Fine Arts and a Masters in Political Science. She has a passion for dance from childhood and sees dance as a primary medium of artistic discourse. For her, dance is like a form of yoga, which synchronizes the inner biorhythms with the movements of the body.

This will be RGK Modern India Dance Academy's 14th major original Bollywood productions, some highlights of previous productions include: "All is Well", "Best Bollywood Inn" (MN Fringe Festival 2015 with the best audience review), "Door", "Cocoon", "Chabbi Ka Guccha". RGK group also has performed in a Hollywood movie,"Problem Solving the Republic".

Renu has been honored with several awards for performances, innovative directing and choreography. Renu and her selected charities been honored with awards from the Dr. Dash Foundation (2016 and 2015), and the Travelers Insurance group (2011). She has raised funds through RGK's annual Bollywood Dance musicals locally and internationally for Second Harvest Heartland, Alzheimers Association of MN, Children Hospitals, CRY, Red Cross, Hindu Society of MN and name of few. Her work has been profiled by TV Asia and Plymouth Magazine, as well as several TV and radio channels. She has been Honorary Judge for several shows including Vibha, "Taal" (2009, 2010, 2014), and Talentz (2013), "Natya Manjari" (2015).

Renu would love everyone to come and see this wonderful show that depicts how nature-elements affect each and every one of us. She is very grateful and thankful to the Dancing Bare Feet staff, RGK volunteers, sponsors, family, friends from Minneapolis, all over for their continuous love and support to her new an original work every year. Please do come to give us your feedback after the show.

Sayali Pathak

Script Writer, Stage Manager, RGK Volunteer

Sayali is thoroughly enjoying her very first experience of play-writing for the Minnesota Fringe Festival production of the Bollywood Musical Drama “Dancing Bare Feet”. She has participated in plays during her school days and once in 2016 in the RGK Dance Academy Dance Drama “All Is Well”. She finds it’s great to be re-united with the same team with some new members. She is a Mechanical Engineer by profession but enjoys artistic hobbies. She thanks the RGK Dance Academy and the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the opportunity and hopes everyone enjoys the show.

Ashley Nicole Stevens

Actor, playing, 'Leena Thomas', Dancer

Ashley Nicole Stevens is an actor/singer from St. Paul, MN. Since graduating from Bethel University, with B.A.s in Theatre Arts and Sacred Music, she has performed as: Martha Dunnstock in Heathers: The Musical (Twin Cities Community Theatre), Inez in No Exit (Directed by Carlie Abel), Melisandre/Narrator in Game of Thrones: The Musical (Really Spicy Opera; MN Fringe Festival 2016), Chorus in Little Women (Theatre 301), and Various Roles in Christmas Programming (New Seed Theatre). This is Ashley's first production with RGK Dance and she is very excited for everyone to come see this wonderful show. Thank you for your support!

Sam Aanested

Actor, playing, 'David', Dancer

Sam is absolutely thrilled to be performing in his second Minnesota Fringe Festival production of Dancing Bare Feet this year. This will be Sam’s 24th production over the span of his acting career thus far. His last MN Fringe credit included him playing Taiko drummer Dietrich in Restless Beat. Sam has recently finished performing as youth pastor Justin Waverly in Southern Hospitality at the Lakeville Arts Center, as well as his first season with the Black Dirt Improv troupe in Hastings Minnesota. He is a Theatre Arts graduate from the University of Northern Colorado, and enjoys practicing varieties of dance such as Ballroom and Jazz, hiking and playing drums (of all kinds). He thanks you very much for coming to see this masterpiece, and hopes you really enjoy it.

Kamal Aggarwal

Actor, playing, 'Sumi Thomas', Dancer, Coordinator

Kamal a.k.a Kam Aggarwal (Sumi Thomas) is delighted to be performing in RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy's production "Dancing Bare Feet" for the Fringe Festival. Kamal has a Bachelor's of Engineering from Pune University. She loves to act and dance and has performed in multiple cultural shows with local community organizations for 16 years. Kamal has also produced, choreographed and enacted multiple skits and dances for private events. Kamal is engaged with the production of the "Vaishaki Mela" for MN Punjabi Society and MN Sikh Society for 17 years and is an active participant for Diwali shows. Her previous RGK production was a lead role in the Bollywood dance drama "Cocoon". Kamal would like to thank each and every one of you for coming to see the show. Please form a line outside her dressing room after final curtain. 😊

Robert Permenter

Actor, playing, 'John Thomas'

Robert is excited to be working on Barefoot Dancing with Renu Kumar, cast and Crew.Robert has been on stage at Theater in The Round, Lex-Ham Theater, Century College, and other stages in the area. This summer he finished a feature film and worked on a pilot for TV. He has written/acted first person monologues based on historical/biblical figures and fictional characters, as well as helped out in the Fringe before. He is happy to be a member of the Actors Workout taught by Raye Birk.

Lowell Rice

Stage Manager, Actor, playing, 'Mike Leena's Boyfriend', Dancer

Lowell Rice is excited to be a part of his first show with RGK. It is his third year performing in the MN Fringe Festival, having previously been in Game of Thrones: The Musical (Roose Bolton/Ensemble) and Jacob's Ladder (Esau/Ensemble). Lowell graduated from Bethel University with a BA in Musical Theatre and Acting/Directing.

Ram Nagarajan

Actor, playing, 'Prem Kapoor' Bollywood Director, RGK Volunteer

A high school stint at monologue delivery can incite a desire to shoot for ''stage related activities of some sort, at some point in one's life''. Thanks to a friend, I have been able to become at least an amateur, in that regard. The fun of appearing on stage can be quite gratifying to some, conceivably. Quickly recognizing the potential for overstating, it is probably prudent to move on to the business end of the bio.

My encounter with the Minnesota Fringe Festival set of events resulted in a play, ''The Best Bollywood Inn'', in 2015. I was one of many characters, and needless to day, it was, personally, quite an exhilarating experience for me. Rest in person, folks.
Thank you for reading this. I feel much obliged.

Yeshwanth R.B

Actor, playing, 'Sunny' Thomas, Dj, Dancer

hi I'm Yesh. I have had a great experience working with renuji and RGK group since last year. I really love the strong energy ms. Renu brings to every practice and show. RGK group has always had many talented actors and dancers. RGK is a great platform to show your hidden talent. The founder Ms. Renu has strong organizational skills due to experience throughout many years. We strongly believe that we will be a great success even this time for Dancing Bare Feet.

Anu Elayaperumal

Choreographer, Dancer

Anu Elayaperumal developed a passion for dancing after watching her very first Bollywood movie as a child. She trained in the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam, and enjoys creating dances which fuse classical Bharatanatyam with other forms of dance. Growing up in the Twin Cities, she has performed at various cultural events and shows and enjoys sharing the beauty and culture of the Indian dance art form. Anu graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in biology and physiology and is currently working in the medical device healthcare field.

Upasana Khandelwal

Choreographer, Dancer

Upasana is an artist born in rich and multi-cultured place of Rajasthan, India. Her family inspired her to be pursuing hobby into doing artwork and dancing at an early age. She acquired a master’s degree in finance from India and parallel took deep dive knowing Rajasthan cultural art & Indian Bollywood dance. She performed dance at various events and her school/college events. After her marriage she moved to United States and joined RGK Modern Dance Academy Minneapolis, Minnesota. She started performing various Bollywood dance forms at events around Minneapolis.
Experience with RGK Dance Academy:
I used to miss dancing after moving to Minneapolis but I found RGK Dance Academy that allowed me explore my passion for dance. I joined RGK that enabled me to perform at various dance events around Minneapolis. RGK Dance Academy has given impetus to my passion and I am growing day by day being a part of it. I am very much excited to perform at Fringe Festival with RGK Dance Academy.

Arun Bhargava

Stage Manager, RGK Volunteer

Minakshi Chaudhary


Reha Menon


Penny Meschke,

Set Designer, RGK Volunteer

Ramya Munukutla


Prashant Srikhande

Script Writer, RGK Volunteer

Prashant is not new to the theatre. An engineer by training he grew up in northern India surrounded by dance, drama and music through his fathers vocation and is particularly fond of singing. He has been involved with RGK Dance Academy for over a year.

Pooja Sudarshan


Pooja Sudarshan is a talented dancer trained from the age of 7 Yrs in the classical dance form of South India called Bharathanatyam. She has performed in several reputed cultural gatherings and meetings and completed the junior level certification in Bharathanatyam. She has also performed in many dance festivals at historic locations in South India like Belur, Shravanabelagola etc. She has a masters degree in commerce from the University of Bangalore and has several years of experience as a quality certification professional. She is also trained in the Carnatic music as a vocalist from the age of 5.

Shagun Uppal


Shagun Uppal is a rising middle schooler. She loves to sing, dance and play the piano and violin. Shagun discovered her love for dance with RGK Modern Indian Dance Academy three years ago and has been dancing ever since. She is looking forward to performing at the fringe festival!

Akshaya Vengala


My name is Akshaya Vengala and I am 8 years old. I am in 3rd grade at Meadow Ridge Elementary school. Dancing has been my passion since I was three years old. I love to dance, a good inclination to Bollywood Dance. I have performed in many events organized by RGK Academy over the past four years. My other hobbies are reading books, playing with my friends and listening to music.

I feel very privileged to be part of RGK Academy where I am surrounded by so much inspiration. I feel so lucky to have Renu Kumar as my Dance teacher. To have the opportunity to dance and getting trained in such an inspiring environment is not only an advantage but a motivating experience.

Esha Agarwal


Esha is a rising sophomore in High School.
She is fond of dancing and singing and is taking professional training in classical voice and dance lessons.
Esha loves taking photographs as well as spending time with family and friends.
She has enjoyed practicing with RGK for Dancing Bare Feet.

Kumiko Borman

Dancer, RGK Volunteer

Swati Kumar


Swati Kumar, Software Engineer origins from India passionate for dance since childhood. Enjoy Dancing and choreography the groups of all ages. Lives in Eden Prairie, MN with husband and 7 years old son and 2 years old daughter. Love to spent time with family and teach dance to my kids.

Varsha Lowe


Varsha Lowe will be a Junior in High School. She started dance this year under the leadership of Renu Kumar. Varsha is thrilled by this opportunity to dance and perform.

Chaya Pathak


Work: I am working in Wells Fargo Bank as a Business System Consultant.
Degrees: I am Masters in Mathematics and MBA in Human Resource and Marketing.
Family: I am living in Chanhassen (MN) with my husband, Sharad and my 6 years old son Vatsal.
About me: I am a very fun loving, happy and extrovert girl. I have a passion for dancing. In school and college, I have won many prizes in Dance, Mehndi, Advertisement making, Science projects, Sports, and Art competitions. I am a good painter and artist. I have performed in Hindu Temple for Holi and Milan Mandir as well. I was the Captain of Girls Cricket Team during MBA.
With RGK: It is a great fun to work with RGK. Dancing Bare Feet producer, director Renu is so polite and a very nice person. I am really excited to perform in Fringe 2017.

Shruti Sankpal

Dancer, RGK Volunteer

"Shruti is very delighted to be performing in RGK Dance Academy's production "Dancing Bare Feet" for Fringe festival. She has learned classical Kathak dance during school days. She has participated in dances and plays at various events in schools and college. She has also been performing in dances at various cultural events in Minneapolis over the past 5 years. She has a Bachelors in Engineering and is a Project Manager by profession in the Financial industry. She enjoyed dancing in RGK's dance drama "All is Well" in 2016 and has been performing with RGK at various events over the last 1 year. Thanks to RGK for providing me an opportunity to pursue my passion for dance."

Harsheen Batra


Kim Greene


Sunanda Kakade

Artist, RGK Volunteer

Vinu Kumar


Chaitaya Polumetla


Bish Wish


More information


RGK Dance Academy is coming back, after a triumph in MN Fringe 2015, with a new original Bollywood Dance Drama: "DANCING BARE FEET".  A play that portrays natural elements through Leena's life experience. She has to discover her true passion in life or let the chaos inside her take over. The play co-relates natural elements with a Bollywood-style family drama that is sure to warm your hearts and entertain your family!




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