Robin C. Gillette has served as Executive Director since September 2006. Previously, she was Marketing and Community Relations Manager at Mixed Blood Theatre, Managing Director for Outward Spiral Theatre Company and Producer for Teatro del Pueblo in the Twin Cities. She developed a taste for festivals in New York, where she was Associate Producer for Contemporary Programming at Lincoln Center, as well as spending three years as Production Coordinator for the Lincoln Center Festival. She has also served as production stage manager and general manager for various off-Broadway theaters.
Jeff D. Larson, Associate Director, is in his 16th year with the Minnesota Fringe, where he’s responsible for production management, social media, corporate partnerships, and taxes. He’s a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, and has directed with several small companies and worked in lighting at most Twin Cities theaters, including the Guthrie, Children’s Theater Company, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and the Southern Theater.
Marketing/ Press Liaison
Ann B. Erickson is responsible for assisting with press inquiries and communication efforts at the Minnesota Fringe. She has worked for the Fringe twice before - once as a Communications Intern and once as the Fringe Central Events Intern during the summers of 2009 and 2010, respectively. Ann graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2011 with a B.A. in Journalism and Theatre Arts.
Matthew Foster first joined Minnesota Fringe's staff in December 2000 and has held a variety of titles in the intervening years. For the most part, he's been the guy behind much of the graphic design and copy you see. In addition to being a staffer, Matthew's a long-time Fringe artist, having written and produced half a dozen shows at Minnesota Fringe and a couple at Festival Fringe de Montreal. In addition, he works as a web designer and developer for public-policy nonprofits including the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and On the Commons.
Mark Franko has been with the Fringe for nine years, first as Administrative Assistant, and now as Office Manager. He is a graduate of Moorhead State University with a B.S. in Marketing, and he spent six years working in the financial industry. But his true passion has always been theater. Mark also works part time as an usher at Orchestra Hall.
Director of Audience and Volunteer Services
Allegra Lingo is responsible for recruiting, scheduling and training the house managers who run the various venues during the festival. She is responsible for audience support and access services, and she oversees the operations of box office central. Allegra is also a writer and performer who has appeared in the Fringe ten times. She is currently working on her MFA thesis at Hamline University.
Online Services Director
Craig 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 freelance web developer and photographer with a studio in Northeast Minneapolis.