Fringe Updates & News!

Browse below for all the latest updates, news items, and notifications from Team TiFf!  Special offers, artist features, and more can be found below!

In the News – WMNF Art In Your Ear

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  "The Tampa International Fringe Fest comes in to rattle your brain." WMNF's JoEllen Schilke talks with artists Thom Mesrobian (Callbacks), Giles Davies & Nicole Jeannine Smith (Lady Love), and Staci Sabarsky (Dark Vanilla Jungle) about the festival, their shows, and fringe in general! Listen to the entire interview here! Check out Art in Your Ear's page…

In the News: Herald-Tribune Interview

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"Tampa joins fringe festival circuit with new weekend event" The Herald-Tribune's Arts Editor, Jay Handelman, interviews Festival Director, William Glenn, about what makes fringe, how to make the most of the festival, and the why fringe...   Read the full interview here!

In the News: Watermark Fringe Feature

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"We also have the birth of a new Fringe in Tampa’s Ybor City which is only tasting the first breezes of its growth, and doing so with aplomb." Watermark's Editor, Billy Manes, waxes philosophical about fringe and its importance to Central Florida. Read the entire feature here!

In the News – Creative Loafing Local Picks!

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"Tampa International Fringe Festival: Shows by local artists we can't wait to see" Creative Loafing Tampa's Editor, David Warner, lists his local "picks of the fringe". Check out the entire list here!

In the News – Creative Loafing Speaks with Dandy Darkly!

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"He’s just Dandy: Talking with the creator of the quintessentially Fringe-y Dandy Darkly" Creative Loafing Tampa talks to one of our exciting national acts, Dandy Darkly's Myth Mouth! Read the entire interview here!

In the News – Creative Loafing Feature

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"Here comes the Fringe!" Creative Loafing Tampa's Editor, David Warner, interviews Festival Producer, Trish Parry on all things fringe! Read the entire interview here!

Featured Artist: Monica Cross (Arcane Arts)

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Cyrano on the Moon Can you describe how you go about making your work? Cyrano on the Moon is the first one act play that I have written. I wrote it last year, and workshopped it at the Sarasota Area Playwright's Society. I am in the midst of rehearsals with…

Featured Artist: Nancy Kenny (Broken Turtle Productions)

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Roller Derby Saved My Soul   Can you describe how you go about making your work? I'm inspired by little things I see in my every day life and take it from there. What's drives you as an artist/company? My approach to making work has changed over the years but…

Featured Artist: Nicole Jeannine Smith

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Lady Love   Can you describe how you go about making your work? Since this particular piece is based on a true story, I've been doing a lot of research on the internets. What's drives you as an artist/company? I'm looking for inspiration and to inspire others, particularly toward understanding…

Featured Artist: Kevin Michael Wesson

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Where We Go Together or The Flashlight Play Can you describe how you go about making your work? Step 1: Have no money. Step 2: Write play that literally requires nothing. What's drives you as an artist/company? Frustration. How did you begin making work? In a panic. One thing our…

In the News – 83degrees Talks May Art in Tampa

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"Fringe festival comes to Ybor; outdoor art events abound during the month of May" 83degrees' Cheryl Rogers talks about the upcoming Tampa Fringe with Festival Producer, Trish Parry, and discusses other upcoming arts events in the Bay Area. Read the entire piece here!

In the News – Jewish Press Tampa Features The Actual Dance

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"Jewish playwright takes on wife’s cancer diagnosis" Jewish Press of Tampa's Misann Ellmaker highlights Sam Simon's The Actual Dance. Read the entire piece here!    

In the News – Broadway World Talks with Breakneck Julius Caesar

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"BREAKNECK JULIUS CAESAR Comes to the First Tampa International Fringe Festival" Broadway World takes a time out with Breakneck Julius Caesar's Tim Mooney to talk about his work and this upcoming production! Read the entire interview here!

Featured Artist: Marie-Claude Tremblay (Innovocative Theatre)

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Dark Vanilla Jungle Can you describe how you go about making your work? First I read, then I reread, then I ask questions, then I answer those questions then I just keep digging and exploring to find the most authentic and truthful place. The exploring part never stops and its…

Featured Artist: Karissa Barber (Barber Media Productions)

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Masterwork Can you describe how you go about making your work? Since this is my first time writing a show, I decided to write from my personal experience balancing being a professional actress, wife and mom. I started by simply writing the struggles I had, as well as the struggles…

Featured Artist: Thom Mesrobian (Acting Passionate Productions)

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Callbacks Can you describe how you go about making your work? I start by finding a subject that is important to me and then decide what I want to say about that thing. Even my silliest comedies have a message to them. However all of that is useless without inspiration…

Featured Artist: Kelly ‘Killy’ Dwyer

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Mock$tar Can you describe how you go about making your work? I am the best at failing What's drives you as an artist/company? a Prius How did you begin making work? After being sliced out of my mother's perfect 5'4 bikini body because I was upside down and backwards, I…

Featured Artist: Brooklyn Culture Jammers

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Planet Hospice (a theatrical romp through human extinction) [caption id="attachment_3411" align="alignnone" width="401"] A CLOWN A HAMMER A BOMB AND GOD[/caption] Can you describe how you go about making your work? I look for the stories of people who are 'troublemakers' and start thinking about the ways they might reach out…

Featured Artist: Now What Theatre

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Kara Sevda Can you describe how you go about making your work? We like to make new work in a collaborative way - one that gives everyone a voice. We workshop new ideas and bounce ideas around - we'll have the germ of something, and a room, and just get…

Featured Artist: Rob Lloyd

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Who, Me. Can you describe how you go about making your work? It varies from show to show to be honest. Sometimes I just lock myself in my room and write, other shows I heavily collaborate, some I bring in an outside eye. What's drives you as an artist/company? I…

Featured Artist: Really Spicy Opera

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Game of Thrones the Musical What drives you as a Company? We believe strongly that theatre should be a moving, entertaining experience. There's a lot of very stylized work out there and a lot of things that are designed to be hard to digest. There's a place for that sort…

TiFf Now Accepting Donations

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Looking To Make a Difference? If you're as excited as we are about the Tampa International Fringe Festival, you're probably wondering how you can get involved.  There are lots of ways!  You can volunteer, play host to an artist, or help out in other ways.  But not everyone has time to pitch in a helping hand...…

Featured Artist: Timothy Mooney

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Breakneck Julius Caesar Can you describe how you go about making your work? I generally get an idea about a play, or some speeches, that are hard to understand, and some impulse in me wants to explain that play/those speeches, so that every average Joe can understand something that seems…

So Just Exactly What Are Fringe Buttons?

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Fringe Buttons Help Fringe Happen! Our sexy TiFf buttons are the only way to see shows on the Tampa Fringe!  They're stylish, affordable, and good for the festival! How Many Do You Need? 1 Button $5.00 USD 2 Buttons $10.00 USD 3 Buttons $15.00 USD 4 Buttons $20.00 USD You need a Button(s) for Fringe…

Featured Artist: Ladell Thomas (Mr. Ocean)

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: The His-Tory of the Marvelous Majestic Mr. Ocean Can you describe how you go about making your work? I usually dig into specific parts of my past and I break them apart. What feelings I felt, how I perceived my encounters, what music draws out the true nature of a…

Eliminator Passes Are Here!

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The Future is Unlimited! Attention, hardcore fringers!  We are proud to announce our festival-wide Eliminator Passes!  These coveted passes are limited in number, and offer you the best way to smash this festival!  For just $300 dollars, you can see as many shows as you want, in any of our venues! In addition to seeing all…

Featured Artist: Tasty Monster Productions

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: Falkland Can you describe how you go about making your work? Book a venue and panic. Ok, not always panic, but years ago a mentor of ours told us that every time we had a writing idea we should immediately book a venue. That way it forces you to put…

Featured Artist: Mad Madame Payne Productions

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: She Touched My Lemons Can you describe how you go about making your work? When I'm inspired I write in extremes. It's personal, silly, or very serious. I want to write something that everyone can connect to. Even if the story is different. What's drives you as an artist/company? As…

Featured Artist: The Actual Dance

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This Featured Artist is Presenting: The Actual Dance Can you describe how you go about making your work? Improv is the source of my creative impulse. It is a form of story telling and there is a technique of improvising a story, writing it down and performing. I have learned to find creative collaborators --…

2017 Festival Artists Announced!

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We are so excited to announce that we have selected our 2017 festival lineup!  In a live drawing and fund-raising event held at New World Brewery (our Fringe Central), Trish Parry (Festival Producer) pulled the names of the twenty-nine artists and companies who will be presenting work on the stages for our debut festival! Our exclusive…

The First Annual TiFf Lottery Drawing is Almost Here!

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The drawing will be held at New World Brewery, the site of our Fringe Central! Join us to find out all about the festival, get to meet some of the local artists hoping to tread the boards and share their best with all of you!  While you're at it, why not grab a drink and…

In the News – Tampa Bay Times’ Top Things To Do in Tampa Bay!

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"Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 4" Times staff lists the most awesome things to do in Tampa Bay on February 4th, 2017, and our lottery drawing makes the cut!   Read the entire list here!

T-Shirts! T-Shirts! Get ’em While They’re Hot!

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...Red Hot, That Is! Our fashionable t-shirts are bold, stylish, and say a lot about you when you sport them around town!  For just $25.00, you can let everyone know just how avant-garde and forward thinking you are and you can enjoy the sense of quiet self-satisfaction you'll get from knowing you helped support something as totally…

Calling All Couches!

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Want Free Art?!?  Love meeting new people!?!  Live somewhere with beds, couches, or mattresses?!? You could help TiFf in a BIG way without having to lift a finger!  You set the terms and let us introduce you to your new best friend(s)! What Couches Have to Do with Fringe? We here at TiFf are striving…

Applications are OPEN!

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It's Official!  TiFf (the Tampa International Fringe Festival) is now accepting applications for our first annual 2017 festival!  As this is our debut year, we are keeping costs low!  Just $25.00 application fee and, if you are one of the lucky acts to get drawn for the final lineup, $100 registration fee! In accordance with…

TiFf Proud to Announce Exclusive Media Partnership with Creative Loafing!

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We are so excited to announce that Creative Loafing Tampa has signed on as our exclusive media sponsor for our first annual festival! Following talks between our Festival Director, William Glenn, and David Warner, CL's Editor, the widely read publication behind such popular events as Best of the Bay, Gasp!, and the Creative Loafing Beerfest…