Each year Capital Fringe hires a little over 70 theatre artists and professionals to work in various ways to make our programs happen. Lead by four year-round employees, Capital Fringe is a training ground and networking opportunity for theatre artists making their homes in the Washington, DC area.
President Founding Director
Capital Fringe is led by Julianne Brienza, CEO/Co-Founder, and a 12-member Board of Directors that represent a wide spectrum of DC residents and businesses. Julianne has been with Capital Fringe since its inception in 2005. In her current role, she leads and guides Capital Fringe’s vision, organizational growth and community relations and development. During her tenure, Julianne has grown Capital Fringe’s operating budget from $400,000 to over $1 million. In addition, she has raised over four million dollars in project specific capital funds for the purchase and renovation of the Logan Fringe Arts Space. Julianne has developed and shaped programs to engage adventurous audiences and exploratory local, national and international artists and distributed over two million dollars to participating artists.
Julianne moved to Washington, DC in December 2003 from Philadelphia to manage Cultural DC’s Flashpoint project. She programmed Flashpoint venues, managed their arts incubator program, recruited participants and managed the facility. While at CulturalDC, Julianne started the Mead Theatre Lab Program – an intensive mentorship program for the performing arts. This program was shut down with the sale of Flashpoint in 2016 by Culture DC. In Philadelphia, Julianne created and ran the Greenfield Elementary School artist-in-residency program for Mum Puppet Theatre that is still in existence, served as Managing Director of 1812 Productions – a non-profit theatre company that focuses on comedy, worked with FringeArts for three years in various capacities from venue manager, box office, to performing in Festival productions, and was a Professional Apprentice with the Arden Theatre Company. Born and raised in Dillon, Montana, Julianne is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Theatre and minors in philosophy and visual arts. She also attended The Sandglass Theatre’s Puppet Residency at Marlboro College.
Lee Cromwell brings a distinctive combination of artistic and organizational skills to the Fringe family. He is transitioning into a new role as the Festival Producer, having previously worked for Capital Fringe as an administrative assistant and producer for FringePOP.
Here in DC, Lee worked in the administrative offices of the National Theatre as well as several other non-profit organizations before coming to work for Fringe. In addition to his experience in arts administration, Lee maintains a varied career in the performing arts as a director, teacher and performer all around the country. For the past three years he has been the Associate Producer for the Source Festival here in Washington DC.
He is a magna cum laude graduate of Bucknell University with degrees in music and theatre. For his graduate studies Lee has a MM degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College and a MFA degree in Directing from Indiana University.
Fringe Arts Bar Manager
Logan Fringe Arts Space - Production