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UofR on the Fringe

logo for the Rochester Fringe Festival, presented by First Niagara

The University of Rochester is a sponsor of the 2014 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival from September 18 to September 27. Artist submissions are being accepted through April 16 at

There is no fee to apply, and the $100 (one performance) or $150 (multiple performances) registration fee is due only after the contract with a venue is finalized. That fee goes toward the show’s inclusion in the program guide and website, a centralized box office and more. 

The “bring your own venue” (BYOV) option is available again this year for unique, site-specific work; proposals must be sent to by April 5.

Fringe 101 - How to Participate

Remaining Fringe 101’s (hour-long information sessions with Fee) take place in Rochester at Writers & Books (740 University Avenue) this Saturday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to noon; and on Wednesday, March 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. In addition, Rochester’s Blackfriars Theatre will host a special Artist Mash-Up onSunday, March 30 from 7-8 p.m. for artists and arts groups who may be interested in collaborating on Fringe shows. Attendees should RSVP to any of these free sessions by emailing

Intern with the Fringe!

About the Fringe Festival:

Last year’s second annual First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival ran September 19–28, growing from five to ten days in its sophomore year and drawing more than 50,000 attendees to downtown Rochester. A highlight was the return of world-renowned aerial troupe, BANDALOOP, dancing on the side of the 21-story HSBC Plaza, as well as the North American fringe festival debut of the Magic Crystal Spiegeltent, which sold out every performance of its world-premiere Cirque du Fringe. Other headliners were humorist Dave Barry and comedian Marc Maron at Kodak Hall, and there were more than 240 ticketed performances in 25 other downtown venues. Approximately 120 free performances included those at Manhattan Square Park, One Fringe Place and Gibbs Street.

As a presenting venue, the Eastman School of Music is hosting 14 shows featuring 12 different acts. From music by Eastman composers and performances by Eastman percussionists, pianists, and jazz musicians, to dance by award-winning troupes, Fringe-goers will find something to their liking.