The Grand’s On the Fringe Festival is open to all area artists!

The Grand has partnered with True North Theatre to bring works outside of the mainstream to the Stanley Subaru Stage. On the Fringe is expanding to include opportunities for a wider pool of artists, companies, and shows with evening performances over two weekends and one rollicking daytime session during the first weekend for shorter pieces with minimal production needs. We welcome all companies to apply and help us build this unique festival.

As co-producers of the festival, True North Theatre will perform in one of the evening slots. One 75 minute evening slot remains with performances September 13-14 & 20-21. There are six 30-minute day slots that will perform twice on Saturday, September 13.

On the Fringe has grown out of the desire to bring more live theater opportunities to Downeast Maine and to provide a platform for local theatres to do edgy, challenging work outside the mainstream. Like most fringe festivals, we encourage high-spirit, experimental, and locally-realized work. Although On the Fringe is not limited to original work, companies seeking to produce original work are especially encouraged to apply.

Companies and individuals seeking to apply should also note that this festival is best-suited to technically independent productions-- this includes the full-length evening slot.

Although there is no financial benefit for participating in On the Fringe, there is also only a small production fee. This is a great opportunity to explore obscure and original works and to engage audiences eager for something new.

You’ll find basic information and application below. Applications will be reviewed by the staff of the Grand and selected artists and companies will receive festival details.

Come and play with us, and help build the premiere fringe festival in Downeast Maine!

Many Thanks,

Angela Bonacasa: Artistic Director, True North Theatre (Festival Coordinator)

Kimberly Fitch: Operations Manager, The Grand (Festival Production Manager)

Georgia Williamina Zildjian: Education Director, The Grand (Festival Artist Liaison)

Theo Dumas: Assistant Technical Director, The Grand (Festival Technical Director)

Thank you for your interest in On The Fringe 2019!

Please review the information below before applying.

Performance Dates:

Evening performances (Two 60-75 minute slots):

  • *Industry night September 12

  • September 13-14 and 20-21, 2019 at 7 PM.

  • Performances are Friday and Saturday only.

  • One spot available.

Day performances (30-minute maximum.)

  • September 13, 2019:  Session One 11am-2pm; Session Two 3-6pm.

  • Six spots available.

Technical Specifications:

  • Evening Performances

    • The Grand will supply a table and 4 chairs. A piano is available in the house.

    • All additional sets and costumes are the responsibility of the company performing.

    • MINIMAL onsite storage is available.

    • Load in is September 7/8. Schedule to be determined by the festival coordinator.

    • Tech rehearsals are September 8/9, September 11 is the final dress and September 12 Industry Night.

    • Full changeover between works must be done during a 15-minute intermission.

    • Strike is September 22.

  • Day Performances (September 13)

    • Grand will supply table and 4 chairs, and music stands/stand lights upon request.

    • A piano is available in the house.

    • No additional set pieces are recommended.

    • Please note: No on-site storage is available.

    • Load in will be weekend of September 7/8. Schedule to be determined by the festival coordinator.

    • Strike will be at the end of the session.

Additional tech details (including schedule and light/sound information) will be supplied once shows are selected.

Casting and Production

  • Companies accepted are expected to arrange rehearsal space and times. The Grand is not available for rehearsals except tech night.

  • Companies accepted are expected to cast and design their own shows.

  • Light and soundboard operation will be handled by Festival staff. Companies are expected to bring their own run crew, etc.

  • Companies producing royalty based work must provide proof of rights to perform. Works based on source material not in the public domain will be rejected without proof of rights.

If you have any technical concerns or questions prior to applying, please contact Georgia Zildjian:

To apply:

  • Fill out all information below.

  • Applications must be received no later than June 20th, 2019.

  • All applicants notified of the results by July 12th, 2019.

If Accepted:

Fringe participating groups will be charged a $30 Production Fee for the Evening Piece and $20 for the Day Pieces.

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Is this script written by a Maine playwright? Will this be a Maine, U.S., or World Premiere? Any other notes about the piece.

Last Step

Please email a PDF of your proposed script to Georgia Zildjian. If the work is royalty based, please send a link to the publishers page.