The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival runs on the life blood of its extremely dedicated staff. Each year as the festival grows, the Orlando Fringe is able to add more staff members to its fabulous family.
George began volunteering for Orlando Fringe in 2003 and in 2007 was awarded the Mary Lou Rucker Volunteer Excellence Award and returned in 2008 as Volunteer Coordinator. In 2009 he accepted the position of Director of Operations and in 2010 was promoted to General Manager. In 2014, he began his role as Executive Director.
George is the only staff person to ever receive the prestigious “Spirit of the Fringe Award” — twice. First in 2010 and again in 2012.
George attended Granite State College where he received undergraduate degrees in Business Management and Behavioral Science before moving to Orlando in 2002. In 2009, George received his Masters in Public Administration from Troy University. And in 2014, he received a Mini-MBA from Crummer School of Management at Rollins College and also graduated from the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Center with a certificate in Nonprofit Management.
Since 2011, George has served as Vice President of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals and since 2012 has served as a US delegate for the World Fringe Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, where Fringe’s started.
George’s theatrical career began and ended when he played the lead of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in the annual kindergarten pageant back in Bristol, New Hampshire. George lives in Apopka (which means city of potatoes–weird, because George loves potatoes) with his partner and their four-legged children, Frisco Darwin and Daisy Mae. In his free time, he loves travel and is an ardent Red Sox fan. Boston Strong!
Mike’s love affair with Fringe began in 1997, when he and a group of UCF Theatre friends decided to break free from the bonds of educational theatre and produce a show at Orlando Fringe. That show, “The Zombie Doorman” by Tod Kimbro, was his introduction to the Fringe, and It began a relationship that has spanned 17 shows over 15 consecutive festivals. In those years, he has produced, acted, directed, designed, and volunteered at the Fringe, seen hundreds of amazing shows from all over the world, housed artists from across the country, and watched the Fringe grow into the oldest and best Fringe in the United States. Now, he is thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to pay it forward as Festival Producer, by helping other artists develop the art of their dreams.
Mike holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from UCF, and has been working professionally as an independent theatre artists for almost 20 years. As a producing artist at Fringe, he has received numerous awards and “Patron’s Pick” honors. Some Fringe projects of note include: Suckers (1998 and 2011), The Karate Guy (2009), The Blue Room (2004) and Farrago (2002). Originally from Long Island New York, Mike is a die-hard Yankee fan and baseball stat geek. He has lived in Central Florida on and off since 1994, and now lives in Orlando with his wife Deedee and two little boys, Mattingly and Xander.
firstname.lastname@example.org Nicole began her Fringe experience thanks to her mother (and father) in the early 90’s when mom wanted to go see a couple shows and couldn’t convince her husband to take her. In the years that followed, memories of cueing for a show next to a giant chandelier in Church Street Exchange would linger, and she decided to volunteer in 2009; after that, she fell in love with the spirit and the community of Fringe and decided Fringe needed to be an integral part of her life and began to volunteering at any available opportunity. After winning the Mary Lou Rucker award in 2011, she jumped on the chance to make Fringe a more permanent part of life, accepting a position with the Festival.
Nicole graduated from Agnes Scott College with a degree in Psychology. She likes tutus, sunshine, coffee, family, friends, and art, though would never describe herself as an artist, unless wearing tutus is considered an art form.
She is thrilled to be a part of Fringe for more than just the festival and looks forward to the day her friends just join in the fun if for no other reason than she stop harassing them.
It’s been said that some are born into their position, others have it thrust upon them, and then there are those who’s wife was on the Fringe Board of Directors when they needed someone to do the website and that person was given an order. The latter is the manner by which James came to his position with the Fringe.
In reality, James is happy to help the Fringe in any way possible. James has been attending Fringe since the early days of running around downtown from one leaky (and probably, non-air-conditioned) space to the next to see shows. He has volunteered since the late 90′s and during the festival can usually be found either hawking tickets or beer. James and his wife also support the festival by being a venue sponsor and try to buy a Visual Fringe piece every year.
In his other life, James is the IT Manager for Metters Incorporated — a simulation and training-device manufacturer located in Orlando’s Research Park. James spends any remaining free time, treating his wife, Lisa and their kitties, like the Russian royalty that they all seem to believe they are.
Genevieve is a founding member of Voci Dance. She holds her Masters in Dance Education from Temple University and has received awards and fellowships for her choreography.
Genevieve also worked for Orange County Public Schools as a dance and music teacher for 8 years and spent much time creating and implementing a dance curriculum for OCPS elementary school students. She is currently the Curator of Education at The Mennello Museum of American Art, working with student from around Central Florida.
Genevieve is no stranger to Fringe. She was the former Associate Producer. Genevieve is excited about her new role and coming back to Orlando Fringe!
Carla Davis’ longtime love of theater began in 1982 when she visited NYC for the first time, and was able to see “Chorus Line” at the Shubert Theater. Upon returning home, she enrolled in theater class at L-SCC, and spent many happy years on stage.
Carla had attended nearly every Fringe Festival by the time it suddenly occurred to her in 2003 that nearly everyone involved in Fringe was a volunteer. She made a vow that she would take the week off for Fringe in 2004, and volunteer. Sadly, it slipped her mind until she saw in the paper that Fringe 2004 was about to begin. She promptly wrote the dates for Fringe 2005 on her calendar, and fulfilled her vow. Carla signed up for almost every volunteer duty that year except Cashier and Venue Captain…then ended up cashiering for nearly the entire festival (except for the two times she was Venue Captain). She was thrilled to win the “Stand Up Volunteer” award that year, and in 2006 she was “promoted” to Box Office Assistant Manager. Expertly trained by Cid Stoll and Mike Garvey (both of whom she loves dearly), Carla was asked to return to the next year’s Fringe as Box Office Manager, and was honored to do so.
In “real life”, Carla works at a preschool, and spends time with her friends, family, and her soulmate, Rob.
Amy Hadley is proud to make this her seventh year as a staff member of the Orlando Fringe Festival. She was introduced to the festival in the same way that many others of the staff have been. She started attending shows as a patron and fell in love with the atmosphere, art, and sense of community that you always find at the fringe. She soon began to help friends with the sound and lights for their shows and in 2005 finally became a venue tech for the Orange Venue. In 2007, she took over the Technical Director position and has truly enjoyed being a member of this fantastic family. She is very excited that we have made it to the 20th Anniversary of the festival and hopes to see it grow stronger for many years to come.
Amy was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and can’t remember a time when theater was not a part of her life. She started performing in high school, but it wasn’t until college that she discovered her love for tech. She moved to Orlando in 1995 and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. When she is not working on the Fringe Festival, she spends her time as a Lighting Designer for many of the local theaters. Her favorite role to date has to be that of mother to her beautiful daughter, who loves the festival and has been adopted by the staff as one of their own.
Vadim received his BFA with a concentration in Ceramics from UCF in 2004, since then he has been hard at work pursuing his dreams and aspirations as an artist and advocate. His personal work is in many private and public collections and in several countries around the globe.
Vadim has been a teacher at Crealdé School of Art for the past 9 years and also teaching high school for the last 5 years. His passion for art derives from bringing communities, histories, and cultures together. For the past 3 years Vadim has been striving to evolve and expand the Visual Fringe into new territories. Our new addition of the Visual Fringe Market, Kids Visual Fringe and the amazing transformation of the Orlando Shakespeare lobby into a stunning gallery have all had amazing results thanks to the hard work of the Visual Fringe Staff and everyone at Orlando Fringe!
Jackie Martinez is thrilled to be joining the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival as staff. She was first introduced to the Orlando Fringe by her partner and has been a patron since 2006. She started volunteering in 2009 and won the esteemed Mary Lou Rucker Volunteer Excellence Award her first time around.
Jackie was born in Texas and raised throughout Florida. She graduated from Clewiston High School and quickly moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida where she graduated with a BA in Liberal Studies. She has worked in several human services agencies since her graduation and is happy to help wherever she can. When Jackie’s not working at Mimi’s Café, she volunteers with the Orlando Local Advocacy Council and her co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, while still finding time to spend with family and friends.
Jae Nale has been with Orlando Fringe since 2005 and has been a part of Orlando’s event community since 2000.
Jae travels around the world installing educational exhibits in Zoos, Science Centers, and Children’s Museums, and of course keeps the outside area of Orlando Fringe up and running. Jae loves her animals, fishing, camping, and working in the yard. She hates snakes, bigots, and pouring-down rain during an outside event.
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