New York International Fringe Festival
|Location||New York City|
|Founded by||Aaron Beall, John Clancy, Jonathan Harris (also known as Ezra Buzzington), and Elena K. Holy|
|Artistic director||Elena K. Holy|
|Type of play(s)||Fringe theater|
The New York International Fringe Festival, or FringeNYC, is a fringe theater festival and one of the largest multi-arts events in North America. It takes place over the course of a few weeks in October, spread on more than 20 stages across several neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan, notably the Lower East Side, the East Village, and Greenwich Village. Most of the venues are centered around the FringeHUB. Attendance in 2009 topped 75,000 people.
Unlike most Fringe festivals, FringeNYC uses a jury-based selection process. Around 200 shows, out of a much larger pool of applicants, are selected for inclusion each year. However, from 2018 the Festival reduced the number of shows.
Notable shows that premiered at FringeNYC include Urinetown, Dog Sees God, the musical adaptation of Debbie Does Dallas, and the American English-language premiere of The Black Rider. Other feature shows included Charlie Victor Romeo, which premiered at New York Lower East Side theatre Collective:Unconscious.
FringeNYC includes many component events, such as FringeU (educational events), FringeART (art events), FringeAL FRESCO (free outdoor performances), and FringeJR (children's events).
At the conclusion of the festival around 20 shows are selected to participate in the FringeNYC Encore Series which runs for an additional two weeks in September.
The festival went on hiatus in 2017 to revise its format and develop ambitious long-term plans. It ran in the fall of 2018 and 2019 with fewer performances and smaller venues, and included performances in the outer boroughs. Due to COVID-19, there was no festival in 2020. Plans for 2021 and beyond are unknown.
- Jacobs, Leonard; Salomon, Andrew (13 September 2006). "Leaders of the Pack". Backstage. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
- "FringeNYC Will Return in 2018, in a Smaller Version". The New York Times.
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