Who We Are

The Tampa International Fringe Festival is a collective created in 2016 by David Jenkins of Jobsite Theater, and Fringe veterans William Glenn and Trish Parry of Wish Experience.

David Jenkins

Executive Producer

David is also the Producing Artistic Director and a co-founder of Jobsite Theater. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication (Performance Studies) from the University of South Florida, an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Florida, and a B.A. in Theater Performance, also from USF. He has additionally studied with Moscow State University, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. David teaches in both the Theater department and Honors College at USF as an adjunct instructor. He has recently directed productions of As You Like ItLIZZIEThe MaidsSilence! The MusicalAnnapurna (with Summer Bohnenkamp), and Twelfth Night for Jobsite as well as Annie Baker’s The Aliens for Stageworks Theatre. He was honored to be directed by Israel Horovitz in his play Sins of the Mother (Frankie/Philly Verga), and was also recently in Time Stands Still (James), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Dr. Watson) and The Lonesome West (Coleman). The latter earned him a Theatre Tampa Bay nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor, recognition as a Top 9 performance of 2013 by Creative Loafing’s Mark Leib, and the Best Actor Award in CL’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll. He was the 2014 recipient of the Best Director Award from CL’s Reader’s Poll and Best Director of a Musical in the BroadwayWorld Tampa Regional Awards, and he also won the 2015 BroadwayWorld Regional Award for Best Actor (Times Stands Still). Creative Loafing has twice honored him as both Best Artistic Director and Best Actor. David has published articles in the scholarly journals Text & Performance QuarterlyLiminalities, and Departures in Critical Qualitative Research. He lives in Tampa Heights in a neat old house with his rad wife and a mess of critters.

William Glenn

Festival Director

William is also the Artistic Director of Wish Experience.  He has travelled the world with Wish performing in fringe festivals from Orlando, Florida, to Adelaide, Australia.  William holds an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of South Florida.  William has worked with Punchdrunk (London & New York), SHUNT, the Battersea Arts Centre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Splash and Ripple, Nigel and Louise, Tate Britain, Secret Theatre, All out Rep, the Studio@620, and the New York Neo Futurists.  Prior to co-founding the Tampa International Fringe Festival, William was Operations Manager for Horse Trade Theater Group in Manhattan’s East Village, overseeing operations at the Kraine and Under St Mark’s Theaters.  William has also served as Festival Technical Director for FringeNYC.

As a performance maker, William has created and co-created many works including MendThe Awesome ShowA Brief History of BeerServin’ Up Georgia: The Myth of the American SouthToken of Love, and Guilt.  Will’s writing has been featured at the Silver Meteor Gallery (The Greatest ShowDelightful Pie), in the Significant Other Festival and the Piney Fork Theater Playwriting Winter Festival (Reaching Out), at UNDER St Mark’s, and at Tampa’s Kama Gallery (How Mommy and Daddy Caused the World to End).  As a director, Will has worked with Secret TheatreAll that Glitters, the Off-Cut FestivalTrinity Centre (Bristol), Lama Theatre, and in theatre as education through the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation and the Tampa Bay Montessori Academy.  William is also an accomplished lighting designer with more than fifteen years experience as a freelance designer working all over the world.

William currently makes his home in Brooklyn, NY, and works full time as the Scenic Production Coordinator for Punchdrunk New York’s Sleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel.  In his spare time, William enjoys tinkering with automation, carpentry, and thinking of creative ways to survive blizzards.

Trish Parry

Festival Producer

Trish Parry is a touring producer performer currently residing in New York.

A USF alum, Trish is an award-winning storyteller known in NYC for her two self-produced monthly shows A Brief History of Beer (Captain of the Pint Machine) and Smut Slam NYC (Host). She has been featured as a storyteller in numerous shows such as Surprise Stories, WAX Stories on Vinyl, VideoTale, and more. Her solo storytelling shows have been a part of SoloCom at The PIT Theatre and as a part of Gotham Storytelling Festival before heading off to Adelaide.

“A fantastic presence on stage” – Great Scott Adelaide

Trish has produced and performed multiple times in the Edinburgh Fringe, with her own company Wish Experience, as well as with Arty Kamikaze. Additionally, she performed for Nigel & Louise of Shunt with Tate Britain, the Lazarus Theatre Company, and at music festivals across the UK. For the past four years she has been touring her show A Brief History of Beer, which she wrote and performs with her artistic partner, William Glenn.

Trish is producer for Wish Experience and also fulfilled this role with her previous company Secret Theatre (Tampa, FL). She has produced several touring productions: Richard III (Tampa Bay), the Wish devised show The Awesome Show (UK), and A Brief History of Beer (Edinburgh, London, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, US). She has also produced several performance art pieces, 1 on 1 shows, and one-act festivals.  When she’s not on stage in the East Village, she can often be found singing drunkenly with Welshmen in the hinterlands outside of Newport or Murwillumbah.

Nicole Jeannine Smith

Assistant Producer

Nicole Jeannine Smith is an independent theatre artist currently residing in Tampa, FL. She has spent the past couple of years traveling between Tampa and Cincinnati to pursue acting opportunities and to spend time with her significant other, Giles Davies. Most recently, Nicole proudly portrayed American Sea Swine or ASS in “The Nautical Nonsense and Fun Time Adventure Fun Times of Spongey Spongey Bogdan” at Know Theatre in Cincinnati. 

She has spent the majority of her time working in theatres across the Tampa Bay Area after graduating from USF with a BA in Theatre in 2006. Some of her favorite roles in Florida include Marmaduke Bonthrop Shelmerdine Esquire/Ensemble in Jobsite Theater’s Orlando, Bessie in Urbanite Theatre’s production of The Drowning Girls, and Agnes in Stageworks Theatre’s The Divine Sister. In 2014, Nicole won a Creative Loafing “Best of the Bay” award for her solo performance of 4.48 Psychosis directed by Giles Davies at Jobsite. She also proudly serves as an Artistic Associate for Jobsite Theater. Nicole was recently accepted to Columbia College Chicago, where she will pursue her MFA in European Devised Performance Practice with her first year of study occuring in Berlin. 

Visit her at www.nicolejeanninesmith.com