Mr. Fringey caught up with Beth Marshall, the Producing Artistic Director of the Orlando Fringe Festival and the host of this year’s STATE OF
Q: What’s the official name for your meeting?
A: The United States Fringe Festival Association Conference.
Q: How long have you been meeting?
A: 5 years.
Q: Is it in the same place every year?
A: No, it’s hosted by a different festival each year. Next years it’s in
Q: Who showed up this year?
A: MN, Indy, KC, Frigid, NYC,
Q: Wait! If I take the first letter of each of the words of your conference it stands for USAFF. Does that mean the USAFF is the same as the CAFF?
A: Hardly. The CAFF or Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals has a mandate that says what a fringe is.
Q: Yeah, when I visited the CAFF website (http://www.fringefestivals.com) I kind of got the idea that the Canadians had the whole fringe thing down. When I went to the USAFF website – http://www.fringefestivals.us. It seemed like what a fringe is in the
A: Exactly. There’s a real strong challenge here in the
Q: What does
A: 100% UNCENSORED
100% of $ from ticket sales go directly to the ARTISTS involved!
Q: That’s what I always thought a fringe was, but the New York Fringe is juried, the Cincinnati Fringe only gives you 50% of the door, etc. It seems like every city has it’s own rules.
A: Which is why the USAFF is only an organization in theory. Until there’s an agreement in terms of what guides a
Q: We can barely agree on healthcare, I doubt a bunch of artists are going to agree on something like this. It seems pretty simple though.
A: Exactly. There is a reason that the festivals overall are doing well in
Q: So, what do you do at your secret fringe meeting?
A: It’s a producer’s conference.
Q: So, you have brainstorming sessions on what the fringe is?
A: We hold the meetings so we can act as Fringe Mentors for the new fringes. We require that new fringes attend a Newbie day as a requirement to belonging to part of the secret club. That way we can use our own established reputations to help new and emerging festivals gain recognition around the nation.
Mr. Fringey's disclaimer: Beth doesn't really say "exactly" all the time, it's just that Mr. Fringey couldn't read his notes from the interview