Our Staff

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.

Julianne Brienza
President and Chief Executive Officer

Julianne is a founder of Capital Fringe and has been with Capital Fringe since its founding in 2005. She leads and guides Capital Fringe’s vision, change and community. Julianne has grown Capital Fringe’s budget from $300,000 to $3 million. She has grown and shaped programs to engage adventurous audiences and exploratory artists locally, nationally and internationally.

Prior to founding Capital Fringe, Julianne moved to Washington DC in December 2003 to manage CulturalDC'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 Lad Program - an intensive mentorship program for the performing arts.

Julianne came to Washington, DC from Philadelphia where she created and ran the Greenfield Elementary School artist-in-residency program for Mum Puppettheatre. She also served as Managing Director of 1812 Productions - a non-profit theatre company that focuses on comedy. Also, she worked with FringeArts for three years in various capacities from venue manager, box office, to performing in Festival productions. Previously, she was a Professional Apprentice with the Arden Theatre Company. Born and raised in Dillon, Montana, Julianne is a graduate Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI with a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Theatre, Minors, Philosophy and Visual Arts, Magna Cum Laude and The Sandglass Theatre’s Puppet Residency at Marlboro College.

Peter Korbel
Chief Operating Officer

Peter is a native of Washington, DC and brings a diverse business and entrepreneurial background to Capital Fringe’s world. Early on in his career, he explored theatre and later worked in real estate and finance. His most recent and accomplished work centers on DC's burgeoning food truck industry, co-founding the first mobile operation, fojol brothers, with its own version of street theatre. Through his work and life experiences, Peter has developed a love for all things business and community. He received his BA in Political Science from Columbia University and his MBA from George Washington University. When he's not on the Fringe, you can find him pursuing other passion projects.

Alex Engel
Program Manager

With nearly a decade of her own Fringe experiences to draw upon, Alex provides support and guidance for Capital Fringe artists throughout their journey. Alex has a strong passion for the spirit of Fringe and the great art that an open-access environment can produce. Before becoming the Program Manager at Capital Fringe, Alex was the Venues and Companies Officer and World Fringe Congress Coordinator at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. She has held various roles, both front and back of house, with groups including the St. Andrews Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, Bedlam Theatre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Before moving to Britain, Alex's original stomping grounds were in Baltimore, MD. She holds a degree in History from the University of Edinburgh and a PGDip in International Event and Festival Management from Edinburgh Napier University.

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