2019 marks the sixth year of the grassroots theater festival, which strives to advance the medium beyond the traditional play while connecting neighbors and artists through the performing arts. Since its inception the Detroit Fringe has featured the work of over 250 artists, highlighting new creations from Michigan playwrights and performers chosen by an advisory council of local arts professionals from a public open call. The festival is dedicated to showcasing the diversity of the performing arts landscape that Southeastern Michigan has to offer, with the 2019 festival harboring a grand total of seventeen performances featured in five separately ticketed events at four locations across the city. The 2019 line-up included local directors, actors, choreographers, electronic musicians, new and seasoned playwrights, and experimental theater makers over one electrifying weekend.
In addition to the breadth of performance taking place at the 2019 Detroit Fringe, the festival continues its mission to support artists via the new Professional Development Mentorship program. This new program connects Fringe artists with local performing arts professionals as a means to further their creative development, foster relationships and generate networks of support and collaboration.
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