Teen or College Fringe are Pittsburgh Fringe programs that accept shows produced or performed by teens or college students. It doesn't have to be entirely produced by teens or college students, because we also accept Teachers or Professors that want to enter shows if they include Teen or College student performers. Or really if a Teen or College student is producing a show with adults in it. Or maybe a teen or college student wrote the production. There are a lot of ways to be categorized as a Teen or College Fringe Show. If you are unsure, please feel free to ask us!
What is the advantage? Teen and College Fringe shows will be randomly selected from their own hat. They will not be competing against all the other shows applying. Also, Teen and College Fringe shows will receive discounted application fees ($15 instead of $35) and a discount on fringe participation fees (about 50% off), everyone involved in the production will receive artist rush passes to the whole festival for the cast and crew, and you gain an opportunity to perform outside of your school. We also have special awards for the Teen Fringe and another special award just for College Fringe, so you aren't competing against the professionals from New York in the award categories. (But you do get to meet them!) Also, there is a good chance (we can't promise for legal reasons) you end up with a Pittsburgh in the Round review for your show - wouldn't that look swell on your college application, or resume!
If you are thinking about it, but have a lot of questions - let us know! We are super eager to help Teens and College students get a chance to produce and perform at our festival. And if you need help with anything, budgeting, fees, advice, application extensions - just ask - we have a bit of a soft heart for those who want to learn!
The Pittsburgh Fringe is…
UNJURIED – Following the model of other successful fringe festivals, we use a blind selection process to ensure that no one other than the artist is making value judgments on the potential for exciting work. If you think your show is worth producing. We think your show is worth producing. AFFORDABLE AND EASY – We try to be affordable not only for the performers, by keeping upfront costs low and ticket returns high, but by also keeping costs down for audience members. We try to make it easy for audiences and artists to gain access to each other. We are also dedicated to working with special and exceptional cases of artists and audiences to ensure that every corner of our community is embraced and served. We are the most affordable Fringe festival in the US with comparable ticket payout festivals. ARTISTICALLY, CULTURALLY, AND STYLISTICALLY DIVERSE – We remove external pressure so that artists can explore their medium fully and completely, resulting in the kind of creative expression and freedom that enlivens communities and bolsters cultural growth. Be a part of the Fringe community.
2018 Performer Information
Words to the Wise
It’s important to remember that Fringe is a different producing environment than if you were producing a show on your own. You’re not just renting a venue – you’re part of a major festival, a part of a bigger picture, which is what makes the experience special. We welcome brave artists and wild creativity, but we run a tight ship. The pace is fast, the rules are strict, you have less control over venue choice, tech, ticketing, and schedule. We’ll work with you all the way through, but keep in mind that requests that might seem reasonable to you in a single-show venue might be a disaster at Fringe and actually hurt your ability to have a good show. Things to consider:
Time: Show runs between 30-90 minutes, including curtain call and/or audience discussions. Once you commit to a length of time for your show, you must stick to it. Nothing starts late and nothing runs long at Fringe.
Set: Quick and basic production. Think bare-bones and minimalistic. You have 10 minutes to setup and tear down your show and storage isn’t guaranteed. Also beware of multimedia; Things go wrong all the time with technically complex shows, and there’s no holding curtain or pausing the show at Fringe.
Tech: Your tech or stage manager will know your show best, so it is desirable that they run your show. However, if for some reason you need a technician, we are happy to help for an additional fee.
Marketing: We do basic marketing for all shows (as a festival group, not individual shows - no favorites), but we ask that you also market for your show (i.e. posters, postcards, social media, etc). The more you contribute to the marketing efforts, the higher attendance you’ll see at your shows. Use your social media, personal networks, and grassroots enthusiasm to bolster interest for your work. Not sure what to do? We provide assistance and advice!
Availability: We need you for tech and the entire run of the festival. We don’t advise you to participate in multiple shows (it’s a scheduling nightmare). But if you insist, it is your responsibility to ensure there are no scheduling conflicts that interfere with your performances.
Application: A company or artist may submit more than one application. However, we are only obliged to accept one. Each application must be accompanied by the non-refundable application fee.
Budget: What’s your budget? In the past our average payout was $315 – some folks made $75 and some made over $500 in the weekend. No one gets rich doing Fringe, but knowing what you expect to make from ticket sales can inform what you put into your production.
Participation fees: Will be waived for our Teen Fringe group and we will have a reduced rate for our College Fringe.
Small and Simple Venue
Room converted into a very simple “theatre” (like chairs on one side empty "stage" space on the other)
Could be a bare wall background (ie no curtains), very simple lights (like 4 LED lights), simple sound output
Often room in club or pub that we set some equipment up in
Best for 1-3 performers
20-40 seat capacity (or in that range)
$40 per performance participation fee for 1-3 performances (Teen and College Fringe receive a 50% discount and will be $20 per performance for 1-3 performances - usually just 1-2 for Teen or College Fringe)
Basic Tech Venue
Room converted into a very simple “theatre”
Black back curtains, simple lights, simple sound output
Often room in club or pub that we set some equipment up in
If you have any particular needs, we can try to find a way to make it work (just remember some extras may incur additional fees)
40-100 seat capacity
$60 per performance participation fee for 1-3 performances (Teen and College Fringe receive a 50% discount and will be $30 per performance for 1-3 performances - usually just 1-2 for Teen or College Fringe)
Site Specific Show (sometimes known as BYOV)
YOU find an interesting space for your show (we have some ideas if you need help, but ultimately it is up to you)
Could be anything!
Think site specific!
What works best for your show? Will an unique space enhance the performance?
Any capacity it turns out to be
You provide any necessary tech (we may have some things you can borrow for an additional fee if needed)
$30 per performance participation fee (Teen and College Fringe receive a 50% discount and will be $15 per performance for 1-3 performances - usually just 1-2 for Teen or College Fringe)
General Promotion: We’ll promote the festival as a whole, and mention your show in social media. You’ll have a full show page on our ticketing website, and a picture and blurb in our printed Fringe Guide to list any info about your show.
Tech: If you have a 1 hour performance, you will receive one 1.5 hour slot for rehearsal per show title (but may be during the daylight hours). If you would like to bring your own lights/sound, please let us know. You may also reach out to others in your space to work something out!
Information for 2018 Accepted Performers
Once you are accepted you will be able to visit the "Information for 2018 Accepted Performers" page to find links to all the information you need in one place. For now it has a lot of information about 2017, but feel free to look at what we will have coming up!