The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), the largest multi-arts festival in North America, will present the 17th Annual Festival from August 9 - 25, 2013. Each year the festival presents programming by nearly 200 of the world's best emerging theatre troupes and dance companies. General FringeNYC applications are being accepted for participants in all genres (theatre, dance, puppetry, performance art, multi-media, etc.), and separate FringeAL FRESCO (free outdoor events) and FringeJR (children's programming) applications are also available.
Applications are now available online at www.fringenyc.org and completed applications are due February 14, 2013. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable $40 application fee, in the form of a certifiEd Check, cashiers check, or money order in US Dollars payable to The Present Company.
FringeNYC is a production of The Present Company, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy. In 1997, New York City became the seventh US city to host a fringe festival, joining Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Houston, Orlando and San Francisco. FringeNYC has presented over 3000 performing groups representing every continent, prompting Switzerland's national daily, The New Zurich Zeitung, to declare FringeNYC as "the premiere meeting ground for alternative artists." In November 2007, FringeNYC was honored by Mayor Michael Bloomberg with the Mayor's Award for Arts & Culture for "showcasing the best and boldest theater and performance;" previous recipients include Woody Allen, Stephen Sondheim, The Public Theater, Chita Rivera and Edward Albee. The festival has also been the launching pad for numerous Off-Broadway and Broadway transfers, long-running downtown hits, and regional Theater Productions including Urinetown, Never Swim Alone, Debbie Does Dallas, Dog Sees God, 21 Dog Years, Brandon Teena, Dixie's Tupperware Party, Silence! The Musical, Matt & Ben, Bash'd, The Irish Curse, Jurassic Parq and The Fartiste and as well as movies (WTC View, Armless) and even a TV show ('da Kink in My Hair).