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 CEO/Founder

Julianne is a passionate, inspiring and unconventional arts leader and community builder. She is a founder of Capital Fringe, leading the award-winning organization since its inception in 2005. For over a decade, Julianne has guided Capital Fringe’s vision, its evolution and its growth and community development. In the process, she has grown the organization’s budget from $300,000 to $1.7 million and designed, shaped and implemented programs that have engage adventurous audiences and with local, national and international exploratory artists. Under her leadership, Capital Fringe has won numerous awards, including two Mayor’s Awards and the Washington Business Journal’s “Non Profit of the Year.” Julianne is a recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for Innovative Leadership in the Arts.

Prior to founding Capital Fringe, Julianne managed CulturalDC’s Flashpoint project where she programmed Flashpoint venues, managed their arts incubator program, recruited participants and oversaw the facility. While at CulturalDC, Julianne started the Mead Theatre Lab Program –an intensive mentorship program for the performing arts. Julianne came to Washington, DC in 2003 from Philadelphia—the city where she launched her professional arts management career. While in Philadelphia, Julianne ran Greenfield Elementary School artist-in-residency program for Mum Puppettheatre and served as Managing Director of 1812 Productions - a non-profit theatre company on comedy. She was first exposed to “Fringe” while working with over a three-year period with Philadelphia’s FringeArts in various capacities from venue manager, box office, to performing in Festival productions. Julianne came to Philadelphia to join the Arden Theatre Company’s nationally—recognized Professional Apprentice Program.

Born and raised in Dillon, Montana, Julianne is a graduate Magna Cum Laude from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Theatre with minors in Philosophy and Visual Arts. She also completed a residency at The Sandglass Theatre’s Puppet Residency at Marlboro College.

David Carter
Program Manager

David joins Capital Fringe after having worked within the international performance, artistic, and cultural management fields. A Dramaturg and Translator, David looks to foster the growth of our artistic communities, while helping to connect challenging artists with adventurous audiences. David holds BAs in both Philosophy and Theatre from Moravian College, and a MFA in Dramaturgy/New Play Development from Columbia University.

Lee Cromwell
Administrative Assistant

Lee Cromwell brings a distinctive combination of artistic and organizational skills to the Fringe family. Here in DC, Lee worked in the administrative offices of the National Theatre as well as 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. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Bucknell University with degrees in music and theatre. For his graduate studies Lee has a Master in Music degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College and a MFA degree in directing from Indiana University.

Trish Crowe
Individual Giving Associate
Trish Crowe, an Indiana native, moved to the District in 2014. Before retiring in 2014, she worked as Senior Laboratory Manager for the City of New Castle, Indiana. In this role, she was responsible for handling sensitive and confidential records and producing reports for the State of Indiana. Thanks to her time working in this role, and seeing the impact of water on communities, Trish is passionate about clean water initiatives.

While living and working in New Castle, Trish served as Union President for all municipal workers in the city for five years, helping workers assert their rights and negotiate with management. She also served as a member and officer of several boards, including Ivy Tech Community College, Hope Initiative, and the Henry County Humane Society.

Trish served on the board of the Henry County Humane Society for eight years as an active Board member and eventually as Treasurer. As Treasurer, Trish was responsible for signing checks and moving funds for investments. This work included securing half a million dollars for the development of an education center at the shelter. Trish facilitated many fundraisers for the shelter, and represented the HCHS in contract negotiations with city and county officials.

Trish is a lover of all things creative. As a Trinidad neighbor to the Fringe and a vocalist, she watched in anticipation the evolution of the Logan Arts Space. The more she learned about Capital Fringe’s Vision, the more she wanted to be a part of the Fringe Mission and Family, and was excited to bring her years of experience to the team. Trish was hired first to work events as a box office team member, then obtained her Bartenders Managers License with the support of the Fringe, and now also works as an Individual Giving Associate.

Skii Benton
Fringe Arts Bar Manager
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