In addition to our large annual festival held on stages across downtown Scranton every fall, Fringe presents numerous special programs and initiatives year-round!
Read below to learn more about our various educational workshops, special year-round programs, and community initiatives!
We believe that arts education is essential for cultivating creative and critical thinking skills in individuals of all ages.
Our programs are led by experienced artists, educators, and industry professionals who are passionate about sharing their expertise with the next generation of artists and art enthusiasts. From workshops to panels and Q&A sessions, our programs cover a wide range of topics and are suitable for students of all levels, from beginners to advanced.
Our core educational programs are centered on youth (K-12) and have been since the Scranton Fringe Festival was launched in 2015. We engage with youth to explore all aspects of making theatre and other creative art forms through several programs: story and expression, connection with others, examination of self, artistic production, and discovery of the world—all while having fun! Our Early Stages program which brings professional performances and workshops for free to regional youth is made possible through partnerships with the Lackawanna County Children’s Library and other site venues.
Life and… Podcast
Life and… is a podcast centered on first-person, true experiences, created in partnership between the Lackawanna & Luzerne Medical Societies, Scranton Fringe, & Park Multimedia.
Each season of the podcast features personal storytelling to educate, entertain and engage the audience on a variety of unique topics. Special credit to podcast co-producer / host, Tonyehn Verkitus. Listen to the show wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts!
The Scranton StorySlam features some of the Electric City’s most colorful characters in a head to head storytelling competition.
Storytellers each have five minutes to tell a true story from memory, in the tradition of old-fashioned storytelling. StorySlams are an irresistible fusion of theatre, memoir, and documentary art.
One of our most popular StorySlam’s is our annual LGBTQ edition “The Big Gay StorySlam: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Voices” which is set to return in time for Pride month on June 10th, 2023.
Fringe For The People
Our Fringe For The People initiative provides free tickets to individuals and groups that could not otherwise afford them.
This initiative is based upon the concept of “radical hospitality” — providing access to as many as we can without need for complex applications. Anyone interested in benefiting from this program or donating to make it a reality can simply email email@example.com.
become a Member of Fringe!
One of the best ways to get full access to our programming is to become a member of Fringe!