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We love discovery and experimentation within the arts, fantastic successes and brilliant failures on (and off) stage.

We believe the arts are a catalyst for change in nearly every facet of community growth and deserve a seat at the table.

We trust in the power of what a few creative minded people can do to help a region truly thrive (and we also love a good party).

What We Do

We proudly produce the annual Scranton Fringe Festival every fall, along with The Big Gay StorySlam: a celebration of LGBTQ+ voices, and numerous year-round programs that entertain and engage our communities while uplifting the creativity of as many performers, writers, artists and cultural producers as possible!  We began in 2015 as a four day arts festival. Look at us now!

Team Fringe

Conor Kelly OBrien

Conor Kelly O’BrieN

Co-founder / Executive Director

Conor Kelly O’Brien is an award-winning actor, theater-maker, and arts advocate. Conor has performed Off-Broadway (59e59 Theatres, The Cell, Actors Company Theatre) as well as a few small TV/film roles. He has performed or seen his original works performed on stages across the US and Great Britain. He is a proud member of the New Vintage Ensemble and the Dramatist Guild of America. Conor serves as the Program Director for The Center For The Living City and is a Pennsylvania state rostered artists. Under Arts In Education NEPA, Conor has taught in numerous residences and schools in Pennsylvania and beyond. 

Elizabeth Bohan

Co-Founder / Managing Director

Elizabeth Bohan is a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and Loyola University in Maryland. She was the CEO and COO of A.H. Noonan, Sacramental Wines before creating the position of Human Resources Coordinator for a local residency program and earning her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. Elizabeth has served as producer and production manager for live theatrical works in Pennsylvania, New York, and Edinburgh, Scotland and is a member of the New Vintage Ensemble. She’s also a member of the Lackawanna County Disability Action Committee as well as a board member for the Scranton Public Library.

Elizabeth Bohan
Dan Kimbrough

Dan Kimbrough

Technical Director / Artistic Director of Taking Up Space

Dan Kimbrough is a content creator, educator, and storyteller. Dan has a lengthy media career spanning radio, television, broadcast news, documentary film, sports broadcasting, podcasting, photography, content marketing, and education. Dan is the owner of Park Multimedia, a content creation and brand marketing company located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. When not overseeing projects for Park Multimedia (or Fringe), he studies and teaches all forms of media and presents nationally on social media strategy, diversity in the media, and diversity and inclusion.

Board of Directors

Our current Board of Directors include: Melissa Carestia, Dr. Robert McKeage, Katherine Michaels, and Kelly Rippon. We wish to offer incredible thanks to the numerous seasonal staff, volunteers, and committee members who help make the Festival and our year round work possible!

Special thanks to our Box Office Manager (Lara Zelinski) and Youth Education Manager (Terry Thompson)

Board of Directors


We recognize and honor the original inhabitants and nations of the land our work primarily takes place upon: the Lenape, the Munsee, the Shawnee and the Susquehannocks. We pay respect to the Native peoples of Pennsylvania and their elders past, present, and future.

We know that a land statement is a small measure and not the true work. Here are just a few of the many Indigenous lead organizations we encourage you to learn more about and support.


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What is up with the Chicken?

That is King Raymond, his most brilliant and benevolent lord of all things Scranton Fringe Festival. 

King Raymond became our mascot after our initial volunteer graphic designers back in 2014 created a very striking chicken/human hybrid with a crown as part of our initial branding. It was love at first sight for our entire team! The next year, the name Raymond was chosen in honor of famed American architect Raymond Hood who (in addition to such landmarks as Rockefeller Center) created the design for our region’s own beautiful Scranton Cultural Center. Just as we strive to reinvent our artistic vision and try new approaches to our work as often as possible, Raymond has undergone numerous versions by scores of graphic designers – ranging from the professional creatives who help us promote the Festival to young students across the area. Click through this image gallery to see different versions. King Raymond is bold, brave, and always ready to try something new – he invites you to do the same and join us on the Fringe!

A Special Thank You


Thank You from the founders of Scranton Fringe

This website was custom designed and developed for Scranton Fringe in spring 2023 by undergraduate Graphic Design majors at Marywood University as a service learning project in Art 441I: Interactive Design II taught by Sue Jenkins, Associate Professor of Art.

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Jennifer Gable

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Kara Hurne

Allison McDermott

Nicholas Morrow

Alexander Shields

Shannon Sohl

Jad Tindall

Anna Warkentin

Reece Wolbert

Kristina Zenga

Gabrielle Ziegler

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