2020 Fringe Festival Applications – OPEN

The Application Period is now closed.

The Capital Fringe Festival will once again be centered in SW DC with our anchor venue partner Arena Stage. Fringe is pleased to announce that an outdoor tented hang out bar spot will be headquartered at Saint Matthews Church.

Participation in the Fringe Festival is an opportunity to develop work in a competitive, but encouraging, environment with a built-in audience. Festival staff guide participants through the six-month producing process. It is a chance for participants to get feedback from audiences and other artists and earn a majority share of ticket revenue (in 2019, participants earned an average of $1,120 in ticket revenue).


Applications in Fringe Run Venues are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, dependent on what we can accommodate in our venues.

Capital Fringe Festival accepts online submissions ONLY. Remember that the Fringe Festival is a unique producing environment. The pace is faster, the timeline is more compressed, and you have less control over factors such as venue choice, tech, ticketing, and schedule. We need you to trust that our guidelines and rules are in place to keep everything running smoothly.

Applications will not be considered complete unless they are filled out fully and correctly, and with the application fee paid. No TBA or TBD productions can be accepted. Remember that applications must be submitted online to be accepted.


When is the 2020 Fringe Festival?

July 2020

Performances run Tuesday – Sunday. Applicants must be available during the operating hours of Fringe without conflict. Weekday shows will begin as early as 5pm and end as late as midnight. Weekend shows will begin as early as 11am and end as late as 1am.

Production length?

Capital Fringe does not have set rules in regards to production length. However, we strongly encourage productions of 75 minutes or less. Productions that are 75 minutes or shorter typically sell better than those over 100 minutes. Additionally, productions over 100 minutes may receive fewer performances depending upon venue availability. Intermissions cannot be accommodated.

Fees to participate? 

$35 Early Bird Application Fee, ends November 8, 2019 at 5pm.
$50 Regular Fee ends January 10, 2020 at 5pm EST

Participation Fee – $585 – due in February (only due after acceptance and signing contract to participate)
Insurance Fee – $280 – due in April

What does Captial Fringe provide? 

  • Provide you with guidance and support throughout the six-month producing process
  • Provide you with a Venue and a Venue Manager
  • Schedule one technical rehearsal and an average of five performances
  • Provide a press list for your own use to send your press release
  • Provide full Box Office services, including phone, online and door sales
  • Market and advertise the Fringe Festival overall
  • Produce a printed Festival Guide, distributing it with the Washington Post weekend section
  • List your production on its own page on capitalfringe.org
  • Produce the Festival Preview, and other happenings, to draw audiences to the Fringe Festival
  • Create opportunities for artists to promote their shows and arrange discounted advertising deals
  • Be available to you via email, phone and in-person to answer your questions and concerns

What is provided in a Fringe venue?

In April each participating company/artist receives their venue assignment, show schedule, and a detailed Venue Packet and Tech Specs (comprehensive document that outlines all of the technical capabilities and specifics for your Venue)

Each production will be given a minimal amount of storage (which varies per venue), a technical rehearsal at their assigned venue and a performance load-in/out time scheduled according to the production’s needs. The tech rehearsal time slot is double the production run time plus 15 minutes for load-in and 15 minutes for load-out and will take place before your first scheduled performance. Tech rehearsals may be scheduled during weekday times. Please keep in mind that Captial Fringe Festival does not provide any set, props, or costumes for shows. This includes chairs and rehearsal blocks.

How much are tickets?

Ticket prices range between $11-$24. The Fringe Festival offers a range of discount passes. Between 50 – 70% of the production’s ticket revenue is retained by the artist/company. Capital Fringe determines the percentage using several factors, that including the seat count of assigned venue and the total number of performances. In 2019, participants earned an average of $1,120.00 in ticket revenue.

Questions? Reach out to Julianne Brienza julianne@capitalfringe.org 202-737-7230