Missed the deadline? We strongly encourage you to apply next time! 

All Detroit Fringe Festival performances must be submitted through our online system to be considered for the festival. Typically we only include works that are performance ready (i.e., all or a majority of performers are cast, a director or producer is working with the show, etc) even if the show has not been staged before. Playwrights are welcome to submit their scripts but be advised: each submission will be responsible for securing a director and/or casting the performance prior to its admission to the festival lineup. The Detroit Fringe Festival will not cast and/or direct your performance.

Evaluation Criteria:

We are specifically looking for works that feature at least one of the below:

  • Works that foster artistic experimentation – works in new or rarely seen genres or works that employ progressive media (this can be in terms of content or form or both)

  • Works that take risks – trying things untried and expanding expectations about what performance is and what it can be

  • Artistic excellence - does this proposal, and its accompanying work samples, indicate artistic rigor?

  • New performances in development – the Detroit Fringe Festival is a great way to try out a work in progress!

  • Work that celebrates facets of our Detroit community - specifically voices that have been historically under represented

  • Inspiration – How does this work inspire you? Why are you inspired to have it be a part of the 2018 Detroit Fringe Festival? You can let us know by uploading a PDF of your response to the “Statement of Inspiration”.

Accepted Genres:

Drama  |  Comedy  |  Performance Art  |  Musical  |  Experimental  |  Pop Culture

Family-Friendly  |  Movement-based   |  Other (if other you will be asked to describe)

Once all submissions have been received, they will be evaluated by festival staff and all submitting artists will be contacted by Monday June 10. Artists invited to participate in the festival will receive a small production stipend ($300-$500 for full-length performances; $150-$200 for performances of 30 minutes or less and $50-$75 for solo performances of 10 minutes or less) and are guaranteed a free venue, stage manager, house staff, basic light, sound and projection equipment, tech needs and inclusion in Detroit Fringe Festival 2019 marketing materials.


All participants are responsible for creating, staging and marketing their shows, must attend your required tech rehearsal and will be asked to adhere to all Detroit Fringe Festival production deadlines (contract due dates, pr info dates, tech times, notification of schedule conflicts, etc).

And be on the lookout for a new program this year:



The 2019 Fringe will also feature a 24-hour performance festival as part of our programming, a super fun way to celebrate and showcase performing artists and playwrights coming together as a creative community. This festival option is best for artists and writers who want to show theatrically-based work in the festival but who do not have a full show ‘ready to go’. On Friday at 7pm, all 24 hour play festival artists will meet at CMAP, where they will choose their teams (or be assigned to a team if they don’t have one yet) and be given a prompt. The teams will write, devise, design and rehearse a new piece based on this prompt over the next 24 hours, working until Saturday night at 8pm when the new works will be shared with festival audiences in a one-time-only not to be missed performance. Each artist in the 24 hour play festival will receive a $50 stipend, and sign up will begin one month before the 2019 festival weekend. ARTISTS INTERESTED IN ONLY PARTICIPATING IN THE 24 HOUR DO IT YOURSELF FEST CAN CHECK A BOX ON THE FRINGE APPLICATION AND FRINGE STAFF WILL NOTIFY YOU ONCE SIGN UP IS AVAILABLE!

Professional Development & Awards:

All works chosen for the festival will be offered a chance to participate in a professional development session with professional mentor as a way to gain feedback about process and increase connections within Detroit’s artistic community.

At the end of the festival the “Jury’s Choice” award and “Audience Choice” award will be given to two performances.

2019 Application Period:

April 22 - May 22 (now closed)

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✔   Title/Name of Performance

✔  City/State of Residence

✔  Statement of Inspiration

✔  Script (if applicable)

✔  Artistic Bio or Company

✔  Performance Multi-Media (Audio/Video, Pictures, etc.)

✔  Synopsis of Performance

✔  Tech Needs & Schedule

✔  Contact Information

✔  Full Names of Cast & Crew


✔  Social Media Links to all Accounts (if available)

✔  Additional Notes You Would Like to Share