Scranton Fringe is a celebration of community and the performing arts! For the past six years we have presented hundreds of creative works to over 10,000+ unique audience members!
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 Kelly O’Brien (current Executive Director) and Elizabeth Bohan (current Managing Director). The current Board of Directors also includes: Melissa Carestia, Dr. Robert McKeage, Michael Muller, Camille Reinecke and Kelly Rippon. Various members of the community serve on the Programming, Marketing and Fundraising committees that provide vital support to the organization. Scranton Fringe leadership also includes Dan Kimbrough (current Tech Director) from Park Multimedia.
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 which, in 2019, has grown to an eleven (11) day celebration of culture & community with over 100 performances and nearly 10,000 attendees! Scranton Fringe has proven itself to be a major event in the cultural landscape of Northeast Pennsylvania.
In 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the full Festival could not take place – instead various new programs (including FRINGE UNDER GLASS) were created. Scranton Fringe also launched a Northeast PA Emergency Fund for artists & creative gig workers impacted by COVID-19 and several other innovative programs in 2020. Stay tuned as our plans for 2021 are unveiled!
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PHOTO CREDIT: BRENT PENNINGTON Conor Kelly 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.