welcome letters

official letters of welcome

Photo of Mayor Buddy Dyer

from mayor dyer

On behalf of the City of Orlando, I am proud to welcome you to the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. Our city is proud to host the longest running and one of the most impactful fringe theatre festivals in the United States.

Since 1992, the Orlando Fringe has showcased cutting-edge performers and innovative works right here in our community. I have enjoyed attending so many Orlando Fringe performances over the years and love how the event brings non-juried, accessible theatre, art, music and dance to our community, while supporting the artists who are performing.

Just like our community, the Orlando Fringe is inclusive and welcoming. This includes Kids Fringe, which we proudly support through our City of Orlando Mayor’s Matching Grant Program.

For three decades, the Orlando Fringe has helped make our city a more vibrant place, while bringing residents together to experience the arts in unique settings. I am so glad that the Orlando Fringe is a part of our community.

I hope you have a wonderful time, enjoying wonderful performances.

Sincerely, 

Buddy Dyer
Mayor of Orlando

Photo of Mayor Jerry Demings

from mayor demings

Greetings:

It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the 31st Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival!

The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival has engaged and entertained art enthusiasts and newcomers with unique theatre, music, and dance performances for over three decades. We are so proud of Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Director Terry Olson, one of the visionaries that created the festival in 1992, the longest-running fringe theatre festival in the United States. The Orlando Fringe connects and engages the community through an immersive cultural experience like no other. We applaud the local, national, and international artists for sharing their talent, creativity, and artistry with our residents.

Orange County is proud to be one of the top destinations in the world for visitors. We are known for the finest hospitality, exciting theme parks, arts and cultural attractions, sports venues, and one of the largest convention centers in the nation. It is my mission to create a community culture of innovation, collaboration, and inclusion. The arts are an integral part of our community, and festivals like yours elevate the status of arts and culture in Central Florida.

Once again, welcome to the Orlando Fringe Festival. I wish you all the best for a successful event!

Sincerely, 

Jerry Demings
Mayor of Orange County

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from commissioner stuart

Welcome to the Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival and to one of the many wonderful venues in or around one of our city jewels- Loch Haven Park! It is my honor to provide a personal greeting for the longest running theatre festival! Orlando is fortunate to be home to so many talented, and innovative individuals. Fringe is a product of that.

Every year, I am more amazed by the originality and the creativity that goes into every show on their
schedule. And talk about variety; there is truly something to make everyone in our community excited
about the arts. This kind of artistic expression can bring life and healing to our City after a difficult
couple of years. Art has a way of unifying, healing, and sharing the parts of life we can’t put into words.

I am also glad to have the chance to thank all those who work tirelessly year-round to make sure this
festival continues to make its mark on our Great City. It is only because of their dedication, hard work
and perseverance that we all have a chance to enjoy such a wide variety of talent in such an accessible
way.

Thank you for attending and ENJOY THE SHOWS!

Warmest Regards, 

Robert F. Stuart
City Commissioner

from commissioner Bonilla

Welcome to Orlando’s 31th Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, which is known for the longest-running Fringe Festival in the entire country. Another extraordinary fact is that the festival gives 100% of the ticket sales to the artists.
Since 1992, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival has combined live music, arts, and culture for a family-friendly outdoor event unique to Orlando. I’m thrilled to invite you to an event that demonstrates how much of a melting-pot Orlando is. Every year this festival serves as a reminder as to why I love living in Orange County. This event unites local, national, and international artists with the diverse Central Florida community. For 14-days there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you to all those who work tirelessly year-round to make sure this festival continues to make its mark on our Great City. It is only because of their dedication, hard work, and perseverance that we all have a chance to enjoy such a wide variety of talent in such an accessible way. Home to an inclusive, accessible, and safe space, we welcome you!

Your Commissioner,

Emily Bonilla
Orange County Commissioner, District 5

from commissioner bonilla

Welcome to Orlando’s 30th Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, which is known for the longest-running Fringe Festival in the entire country. Another extraordinary fact is that the festival gives 100% of the ticket sales to the artists.
Since 1992, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival has combined live music, arts, and culture for a family-friendly outdoor event unique to Orlando. I’m thrilled to invite you to an event that demonstrates how much of a melting-pot Orlando is. Every year this festival serves as a reminder as to why I love living in Orange County. This event unites local, national, and international artists with the diverse Central Florida community. For 14-days there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you to all those who work tirelessly year-round to make sure this festival continues to make its mark on our Great City. It is only because of their dedication, hard work, and perseverance that we all have a chance to enjoy such a wide variety of talent in such an accessible way. Home to an inclusive, accessible, and safe space, we welcome you!

Your Commissioner,

Emily Bonilla
Orange County Commissioner, District 5

from our board president

For 31 years, Orlando Fringe has provided residents and visitors of Central Florida a truly unique theater experience. An experience that is bold, thought providing and challenges you as a patron.

 

However, part of what makes Orlando Fringe a novel arts non-profit isn’t just the art you experience at the festival but also our commitment to the artists themselves. You hear at the start of each performance that 100% of the ticket sales go to the artists. It’s worth noting that’s not a marketing line but is just one example of how seriously we take our mission of supporting artists. This focus on artists extends into the decisions we make as a non-profit as we work to make sure we support artists and give them both the space and the support to try new ideas and elevate their art.

 

Central Florida has one of the highest amount performers per capita but part of what makes Orlando such a great place for artists to live and in turn for us all to experience art is having places for artists to experiment and grow their talent. I’m thrilled that Orlando Fringe continues to be a great place for artists and patrons alike to experience new things and I’m excited about all of the future opportunities we have to grow our year-round programming to continue this important mission.

 

I hope that you are just as excited to support artists and if so not only purchase tickets to as many shows as possible but also donate and become a club fringe member to support us in our mission to support artists and their art in Central Florida.

 

Happy Fringe!

 

Matt Broffman

President, Orlando Fringe Board of Directors

Photo of Alauna Friskics

from our executive director

We made it! There are so many great things happening at Fringe this year. This year’s theme is “Bumpin’, Brave and Bold.” We are here, louder than ever and ready to kick off this party. We will always remain 100% unjuried, uncensored and inclusive of all voices. We believe that artists deserve a platform and the right to be paid for their contributions to our community. It is an honor to be a part of an organization dedicated to enlivening the artistic spirit of Central Florida.

As we enter into our 31st year, you’ll see lots of fun changes and improvements. Our expansion into Renaissance Theatre is our most visible addition, as we move Purple Venue there and add a new Teal Venue. Cabanas are returning to the lawn. We have added shuttles to alleviate some of your parking woes and are expanding Visual Fringe. We have a new ticketing system through Virtually Fringe that should streamline the purchase process. I’m also really proud of our accessibility advances with audio descriptions for blind and low vision patrons and expanded offerings of ASL interpretation. And this year we are sharing our festival with Fringe leaders and producers from all over the world by hosting World Fringe Congress 2022. Let’s all show them a warm Orlando welcome.

There’s nothing like Orlando Fringe and I am proud to be a part of the Fringe clan. And you, by reading this program and showing your interest, are a part of it, too. Welcome (back) to the party.

Happy Fringe, 

Alauna Friskics
Executive Director, Orlando Fringe

Photo of Lindsay Taylor

from our producing artistic director

Welcome to Orlando Fringe 2022! I’m so excited to begin another incredible year with you here at the Festival, where we are bumpin’, bold, and brave! 

We are thrilled to be welcoming back a full lineup of Local, National and International performers, along with a brand new venue, The Renaissance Theatre Company! We have selected 30% of artists to be in the festival from our Amplified Voices Lottery, and continue to grow our ASL interpreted and Audio Description shows to make fringe accessible to all audiences. 

I hope you see as many shows as you can, to continue to support Orlando Fringe artists like never before. Our artists are excited to return because of YOU, the audience. I truly believe this is the year we achieve record breaking ticket sales, and as a reminder 100% of ticket sales are returned to the artists. Taking a chance on new-to-you artists is the best part of Fringe, so expect the unexpected when you walk into a venue, or a van outside of Shakes, or a performance space on the lawn…

Anyway, catch some bumpin’ music on the lawn, embrace bold and brave work by artists who want their stories to be heard, and have an amazing festival experience! I’ll see you out there! 

Lindsay Taylor

Producing Artistic Director

 

from caff president

Like many of you, the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) has been through a lot since 2020, but also, like many of you we are returning stronger and more focused than ever before. We have offered more support to our member festivals over the last two years and we are ready to return to in person festivals, as well as digital offerings. CAFF has over 30 Fringe Festivals spanning Canada and the USA and we exist as an organization to unite, support, empower, and strengthen our member festivals in order to cultivate and foster independent artistic exploration for artists and audiences across North America.


CAFF members return 100% of the ticket price back to the artists and all festival companies are selected either by lottery or on a first come/first served basis. We know that many of you have missed being together in community and we are so
looking forward to our festivals being able to offer that space again, to our artists and audiences alike. Some artists have been waiting since 2020 to perform and we are grateful we are finally able to give them that chance.


Please come and support them in your home town and beyond if you can. Share the love of the shows you see with friends and family and support your local fringe festival, because we now all know that the world is definitely a darker place without them. Thank you to all the artists who have shown great tenacity in this difficult time and to all the festival producers and teams who have hung in there to ensure their Fringe is still a platform for those artists and THANK YOU, the audience, who donated, supported, watched digital work, and didn’t forget us

Happy Fringing,

Lucy Eveleigh
CAFF President

Holly Lombardo

from world fringe managing director

Each year 300 Fringe Festivals across the world showcase hundreds of thousands of artists and performers. 19 million people see approximately 170 thousand performers in 60,000 free and ticketed events. There are so many different forms of Fringe Festival, no two are the same and they never repeat themselves. 

Orlando Fringe Festival, like all Fringe Festivals, reacts and develops to change. It reacts to local and global politics, the environment, finances, the people producing it, the economy, trends, and talent. More recently a pandemic that has meant fast paced and innovative pivoting to online provision that supports artists and to keep audiences in touch with culture and joint experiences.

What Fringes do best is progress cultural strategy; they are the front runners in arts and creative development. Giving audiences fresh innovation, new writing, exciting experiences. They represent community cohesion, everyone working together for the greater good. Fringe Festivals reflect the cities and towns in which they reside, embracing the history, and future, of its’s venues, performers, and personalities locally, nationally, and internationally.

I was privileged to know the team producing the Orlando Fringe, I have watched their festival change and mould to new directors and opportunities. I follow the progress of the Fringe every year and enjoy seeing it going from strength to strength. Orlando Fringe is an important part of the World Fringe Network.

Support your Fringe, get involved, play along, and see something new.

Every day a new adventure!

Holly Lombardo

Managing Director

World Fringe

www.worldfringe.com