The Scranton Fringe Festival is dedicated to creating a bold and engaging platform for creative and thought provoking art with minimal risk to artist and audience. Regional as well as touring artists are welcomed to present work with no censorship placed on content or artistic expression while striving to promote Scranton as a viable and creative environment.
The Scranton Fringe Festival is held annually across several consecutive days in multiple venues throughout downtown Scranton. Theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, puppetry and every other sort of performing-arts-production you can imagine are welcomed on the fringe! The festival is kept accessible and affordable for artists (no application fees, comparably small production fees) and audiences (special free programming, affordable tickets, hopper passes, etc) alike!
Scranton Fringe was co-founded by Conor O’Brien (current Executive Director) and Elizabeth Bohan (current Managing Director). The 2018 Board of Directors also includes: Melissa Carestia, Susan Estler, John Farkas, Lorrie Loughney, Dr. Robert McKeage, Michael Muller, Alberto Paramo, and Camille Reinecke. Various members of the community serve on the Programming, Marketing and Fundraising committees that provide vital support to the organization. Scranton Fringe Festival’s mission is deemed non-profit (via its 501c3 fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas).
Scranton Fringe celebrated its first festival October 1st – 4th 2015 to great success. With forty-seven (47) productions spanning nearly one hundred (100) individual performances, and approximately three-thousand (3000) in attendance, Scranton Fringe has proven itself to be a major event in the cultural landscape of NEPA. The second festival (September 29th – October 2nd 2016) grew even larger in productions, performances and audience turn out. The third Scranton Fringe Festival was held September 27th – October 1st, adding a day of events as well as a visual workshop for teens in partnership with the Everhart Museum that built on the success of the prior Teen Playwright Workshop. In 2018, Scranton Fringe is adding a mid-winter Fringe Encore weekend from February 22nd – 25th, and the 2018 festival is set for September 25th – 30th.
PHOTO CREDIT: BRENT PENNINGTON Conor O’Brien (Co-Founder / Executive Director) and Elizabeth Bohan (Co-Founder / Managing Director); Scranton Fringe Festival hosts a “thank you” party for its donors and supporters, held at the Scranton Children’s Library in Downtown Scranton, PA, on the evening of 22 November 2015.