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 nine million dollars in project-specific capital funds for the purchase of a permanent home for Captial Fringe. Julianne has developed and shaped programs to engage adventurous audiences and exploratory local, national and international artists and distributed over 2.5 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. 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 programming and organizational skills to the Fringe family.
Lee began at Fringe in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. he was promoted to Festival Producer in 2018.
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.
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 an MFA degree in Directing from Indiana University.