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.

Minnesota Fringe is one of many fringe festivals across the nation and around the world. Check the rest of 'em out here.

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

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Showtimes

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.

Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, 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 (or two) and talk. 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.

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 Republic, 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.

Box Office Info

Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

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 the Fringe Central

Alternative Box Office is open at Republic so you can grab a Day Pass while you eat lunch and skip the lines at the venue.

A limited number of VIP Passes are available for $200 and allow the holder access to any show, on any day, at any time, in any venue without having to stop by the box office.

VIP Passes will be mailed to patrons who purchase prior to July 20, 2017. Purchases made after that date will require selection of a Will Call venue: Rarig Center, The Ritz Theater, or Intermedia Arts.

Optional reservations guarantee a seat for a particular performance. You must also be wearing a day pass wristband to get in. Day passes can be bought online with a reservation to save time. Purchases made in advance allow you to bypass the venue box office completely. Check in with a Fringe volunteer at the house door to pick up your reservation starting 30 minutes before show time. Once reservations are purchased, they are guaranteed and will NOT be resold.

Payment methods: Fringe accepts cash, all major credit cards and checks made out to "Minnesota Fringe Festival."Advance online sales stop at 1pm on weekdays and 2am on weekends. That's right, last call at Fringe Central is also last call at the Box Office.

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.

Dawn Bentley, MNM, MBA

Executive Director

dawnDawn joined Fringe in April 2017 with a leadership expertise focused on navigating strategic vision to achieve greatest potential. In her previous position as the first Executive Director of Art Shanty Projects, she was charged with creating infrastructure and establishing improved outcomes in all key functional areas. Dawn is an arts aficionado and has played violin for over 25 years in various ensembles from rock bands to professional orchestras with a dozen recordings in her repertoire. She holds Masters degrees in Nonprofit Management and Business Administration from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Email Dawn


Jay Gilman

Associate Director

dawnJay moved to the Twin Cities to join the Fringe, and is thrilled to be part of this team as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. A Kansas City native, Jay has lived and worked in Philly, DC and Baltimore, previously serving as an arts manager, producer, and director including for festivals and fringe-style collectives. He holds a M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership from Penn, where he studied in the School of Social Policy & Practice, Wharton School, and Fels Institute; and serves as Vice President of the Alumnae/i Association of Goucher College, where he earned his B.A. Email Jay


Amber Bjork

Office Manager / Artist Liaison

amberAmber has spent several years acting, directing, writing, and producing as a Fringe artist before joining the staff as Office Manager and Artist Liaison in 2014. In her time outside of the office, she is a freelance artist and serves as the founding member of The Winding Sheet Outfit. She holds a B.A. in English Lit from University of Minnesota-Duluth and is a recipient of a 2014 St. Paul Arts Challenge grant from the Knight Foundation.
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Liz Neerland

Technical Director

lizLiz joined the Fringe family in 2000. In her first year, she served as Assistant Box Office Manager, and was a venue technician from 2001-2013. In 2014, she stepped up to the Technical Director post, and also recently served as Interim Associate Director. Liz is also the co-Artistic Director and Managing Director of nimbus, and Venue Manager for The Crane Theater, their new performance space in Northeast Minneapolis. Liz is a native of Minneapolis and a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Anthropology.
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Kaitlen Osburn

Audience and Volunteer Services Director

kaitlenKaitlen has been fringing since 2010, first with the Chicago Fringe, then joining the front-of-house staff in Minnesota in 2013. She holds a BFA from Western Kentucky University and an MFA from Dell'Arte International in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre. Kaitlen is a 2011 alumnus of Director's Lab Chicago, a 2014 Princess Grace Award Winner, and a 2016 grant recipient of the Puffin Foundation. When she isn't coordinating Fringe front-of-house, she devises original work, teaches future theatre makers, and she is a freelance grant writer.
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Craig VanDerSchaegen

Online Services Director

craigCraig has been responsible for the ongoing development of Minnesota Fringe's online presence since 2007. In addition, Craig has been a volunteer photographer since 2005. Outside of his work for Fringe, Craig is a jazz drummer, freelance web developer and photographer with a studio in Northeast Minneapolis.
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Board of Directors

Fringe trustees are guardians of the mission who ensure compliance with legal and financial requirements while also enforcing ethical guidelines. The purpose of the Board is to govern the organization in a manner that fosters positive relationships in the community.

Member applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please fill out our interest form and a member of the Governance Committee will contact you.


David Frank, President
City of Minneapolis

Annie Scott Riley, Vice President
Carmichael Lynch

Kyle Orwick, Treasurer
Eide Bailly

David Brookins, Secretary
BMO Harris

Danna Mirviss
PACER Center

Connie Cameron
Independent School District 287, Plymouth, MN

Kathy Kim
UnitedHealth Group

Sarah Schneeberger
RBC Wealth Management

Christopher Bineham
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Note: Organizations are listed for identification purposes only.


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