2019 Capital Fringe Festival
With construction continuing on the Fringe Art Space and the success of the 2018 Fringe Festival will return to SW DC again in 2019. At the 2018 Fringe Festival we had an increase to our capacity filled by 10%. We are pleased to once again partner with several great organizations in the SW. Lead venue partners Arena Stage, the Mead Center for American Theater will once again host several venues. Other confirmed locations include St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church and Christ United Methodist Church, among several other new venues. The Fringe Festival will be creating a bar/hangout space for all the Fringe Festival Artists and audiences to gather and socialize.
Application fee -
$35 Early Bird Application Fee, ends November 8, 2018 at 5pm.
$50 Regular Fee November 8, 2018 5:01pm through January 11, 2019 at 5pm EST
Participation Fee - $585 - due in February (only due after being accepted and signing contract to participate)
Insurance Fee - $275 - due in April
Insurance Fee is only required if a certificate of liability insurance naming Capital Fringe as additionally insured is not given to Capital Fringe from the artist/company.
Applications in Fringe Run Venues are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, dependent on what we can accommodate in our venues.
Capital Fringe Festival accepts online submissions ONLY. Remember that the Fringe Festival is a unique producing environment. The pace is faster, the timeline is more compressed, and you have less control over factors such as venue choice, tech, ticketing, and schedule. We need you to trust that our guidelines and rules are in place to keep everything running smoothly.
Applications will not be considered complete unless they are filled out fully and correctly, and with the application fee paid. No TBA or TBD productions can be accepted.
Click HERE for a PDF printout of the 2019 FRV Application for your reference. Remember that applications must be submitted online to be accepted.
If you are new to Capital Fringe Festival (or to Fringing in general), Capital Fringe will be hosting two Info Sessions about the 2019 Fringe Festival. Come in person to ask your questions, meet other interested artists and review the application process with Fringe Festival Staff. The info sessions will be held on:
Monday October 29th 7 - 9pm SWBID OFFICE 420 4th Street SW
Sunday November 18th 3 – 5pm SWBID OFFICE 420 4th Street SW
To RSVP for the How to Fringe Info Sessions, or if you have questions or challenges in submitting the application, please contact Lee Cromwell, Festival Producer by email at email@example.com or by phone between 10am - 6pm M-F at 202.737.7230
Performances run Tuesday – Sunday. Applicants must be available during the operating hours of Fringe without conflict. Weekday shows will begin as early as 5pm and end as late as Midnight. Weekend shows will begin as early as 11am and end as late as 1am.
Capital Fringe does not have set rules in regards to production length. However, we strongly encourage productions of 75 minutes or less. Productions that are 75 minutes or shorter typically sell better that those over 100 minutes. Additionally, productions over 100 minutes may receive fewer performances depending upon venue availability. Intermissions cannot be accommodated.
Each production will be given a minimal amount of storage (which vary per venue), a technical rehearsal at their assigned venue and a performance load-in/out time scheduled according to the production’s needs. The tech rehearsal time slot is typically double the production run time and will take place before your first scheduled performance. Tech rehearsals may be scheduled during weekday times. Please keep in mind that the Fringe Festival does not provide any set, props, or costumes for shows. This includes chairs and rehearsal blocks.
The Fringe Festival provides a Venue Manager at each venue to oversee all production aspects and serve as a House Manager to coordinate between the Venue, Artists and Audiences. The Fringe Festival also provides full box office services.
Ticket prices ranges between $11 to $24. The Fringe Festival offers a range of discount passes. Between 50 - 70% of the production’s ticket revenue is retained by the artist/company. Capital Fringe determines the percentage using several factors, that include venue assignment and number of performances. In 2018, participants earned an average of $1,235.00 in ticket revenue.
Individuals and/or companies may only apply to produce one project in the Fringe Festival. For example, you may not produce a show under your personal name and one under your company name or one under your mom’s name, etc. This rule exists to keep the Fringe Festival a fair producing environment for all.
Though it is possible for individual actors or crew to participate in more than one show during the Fringe Festival, we cannot guarantee to accommodate scheduling conflicts for people participating in multiple shows.
Check out the 2018 Festival Page to see examples of some of the types of productions presented.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: January 11, 2019 5pm EST