2021 Awards Announced!
As selected by The Young-Howze Theatre Journal Critics...
Check out our 2021 SHOWS!
With over 50 shows this year, in all sorts of genres, there is something for everyone!
2021 Pittsburgh Virtual Fringe by the NUMBERS
53 Different Titled Performances
5 Art Exhibitions
23 Shows doing it Live
35 Shows On-Demand
5 International Shows
15 World Premieres
2 US Premieres
26 Pittsburgh Premieres
9 Zoom Shows
5 YouTube Live Shows
22 YouTube Shows
5 Vimeo Shows
Visual Art Applications CLOSED FOR 2021
Have a few pieces you want up in a virtual gallery in May? We are now accepting entries for our 2021 Virtual Visual Art Gallery. Just upload the information we need and the pieces into the application (linked below), and you are in! If you are interested in curating a whole gallery, email us, so we can talk about what you want to do. Our festival also coincides with Unblurred on Penn Avenue, which is the Penn Ave version of First Fridays. Hope to see some great works apply!
UPDATE: 2021 Performance Applications CLOSED FOR 2021
Because of the overwhelming national and international response, we now have to close our performance applications. If you are a local Pittsburgh group or organization with an idea for our virtual fringe - feel free to email us your ideas to see if it will work with what is already happening for this festival.
2021 Virtual Fringe Applications
Virtual Visual ART Applications not open yet.
We're looking to find shows that are interested in "performing" in our Virtual Fringe that starts May 6th through May 9th.
THE DATES: Right now the plan is to focus on the 7th and 8th, and have a few introductory performances on the 6th, and a few extra performances on the 9th. We are happy to keep up pre-recorded shows for the rest of the month, or whatever dates you want. May 7th will correspond with Unblurred our Penn Avenue neighborhood First Friday.
YOUR VIRTUAL SHOW: If you have any live performances online or if you have a pre-recorded show of any kind (old or new) that you think is worthy of having an audience (ie. nice sound and video) register here to make it part of our new virtual festival.
In-Person Shows: If things open up a lot closer to our festival, we will consider doing a few in-person shows. These will probably have to be done last minute. You will have to find your own venue in our footprint, and make sure your show is compliment with all the Covid regulations in the state and city. We are happy to consider this closer to the time if things do open up. Please tell us you want to do this if possible in the very last box called "Any Comments or Concerns we should be aware of." There may also be insurance issues we need to deal with if this becomes a possibility, and this could be more expensive this year than normal, but we can all have that conversation if the time comes.
COSTS: To help artists, we have decided not to charge for applications or for participation this year. If you monetize your show, a % sent our way would be awesome, but we don't know your financial situation and don't want to cause any extra financial strain during these difficult times. IF in-person shows happen, it may cost to secure a real venue (that would be between you and the venue), and even some online platforms may charge you, but we are all volunteering to help artists like you this year.
First come, first served: Because we have limited volunteer resources, and we want to keep the festival within the 4 scheduled days to avoid viewing fatigue, we may have to limit how many shows we can accept into the festival, particularly for scheduled live online performances. We don't want to number it yet, because we hope to accept as many as possible, and we'll work to find ways to get in more shows. But we will use the order that shows applied if and when we reach capacity limits.
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