2019 Dates and Application info!

Hello Tampa Fringers!

We are pleased to announce the dates for the third annual Tampa International Fringe Festival:

May 2-11, 2019

We’ve got some pretty big changes coming your way, as we are always looking to take artist and audience feedback on board (it’s Our festival!), so keep an eye out for our application info coming soon! Just a few of these changes will be the way “local” acts are defined, time slots of shows, and much more. Applications will go live in September. Stay tuned!


Fringe Friendly Say What?!

Yes, it is true the button is NOT required for entry to 2018 shows! Instead, at the behest of many an audience member last year, we have added a lesser fee that helps support the festival, as 100% of the ticket price goes straight to the artist!

But we still have buttons for you.


Last year Ybor saw Tampa Fringe come in and they took notice. So this year, local businesses are offerring disounts to Fringe Button wearers – and some of them are PRETTY AWESOME!

For more information on the buttons and the discounts you’ll be getting, GO HERE.

Tampa Fringe Wins Best of the Bay Award!

We are so grateful to be the recipients of Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay critic’s pick award for Best Moment when Local Theater Turned a Corner!

“One day theater historians will point to May 2017 as the moment when the Tampa International Fringe Festival first came to the Cigar City and changed everything.”

In a stunning moment of pride for our burgeoning festival, we have been recognized by Creative Loafing and Mark Leib as a positive force in Bay Area theater, and it feels good!

2018 Applications OPEN!!!

Hey there, fellow Fringerinos!  The Tampa International Fringe Festival is now accepting applications for our 2018 festival!  We will be hosting 30 companies in four venues, with accepted artists receiving 6 performances each in one of our fine venues.

If you have a show, whether it’s a fully-fledged idea or a half-baked concept, or just a really great title, you should scoot over to our Performers’ Area and apply today!  Application fees are a low, low $25, and the deadline isn’t until December 8th!

The Tampa Train is in the station…  Hop on board now, while you still can!

Jeff Norton Dream Grant – Keeping Us Dreaming!!!

Wow!  What a year!  We have been awarded the 2017 Jeff Norton Dream Grant by Theatre Tampa Bay! Like many Tampa natives, we all went to school at USF and knew Jeff Norton as a giving, talented, and dedicated artist.  I attended a few stage combat workshops of his, and enjoyed several engaging chats with him in the breezeway between USF’s mainstage Theatre I, and the theatre department on bygone sunny days.  We were all saddened to hear of his passing, and it is an honor to be recognized this way in his name.

“In the memory of the late artist and teacher, Jeff Norton, whose immeasurable impact on the Bay area theatre scene is still being felt, TTB is deliberately keeping the grant criteria broad and the application simple.We wish to encourage artists to dream “If I only had $500, I would…””

We are so excited to be recognized by Theatre Tampa Bay, and we can’t wait to put the award money into action with a brand new staff position, Volunteer Coordinator!

Our Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for helping us grow the festival through interaction with volunteers, ranging from technical staff to Festival Billets (people lovely enough to volunteer their spare bedroom for out of town artists during the festival)!  Stay tuned for more news about this new position and how you can get involved!


Thanks to the Ybor City Development Corporation for Our First Grant!!!

We are so proud to announce that we have been selected as grant recipients of the Ybor City Development Corporation’s Special Event Co-Sponsorship.  Our festival aims to be a major cultural force in the Bay Area, bringing exposure opportunities to local artists and companies, and creating opportunities for intersection with national and international voices to broaden the palette of Tampa’s performance making voice.

Our award will fund an expansion to our festival so that we can include an outdoor component, featuring a beer tent, outdoor buskers and performers, and public awards ceremonies.  We can’t wait to raise a glass with you in the heart of Ybor, Tampa!

Goodbye, Sweet Phoenix…

We are saddened to hear the news that Tampa’s beloved events space, and one of our four venues from the 2017 festival, the Urban Phoenix Studios, have closed their doors.  Time marches on, and all things must change, but it is sad to say goodbye.  We will miss you!