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 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 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 Quarterly, Liminalities, 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 has travelled the world 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 currently makes his home in Brooklyn, NY, working in arts administration and as a freelance theatre designer. In his spare time, William enjoys tinkering with automation, carpentry, and thinking of creative ways to survive blizzards.
Trish Parry is a touring producer and 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. 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
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. 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 occurring in Berlin. Visit her at www.nicolejeanninesmith.com
Bio coming soon.
Assistant Festival Director
Will: Hey Lauren – do you want to come be a tech for me at Tampa Fringe?
Will: Come be a tech at Tampa Fringe?
Lauren: There’s a Fringe in Tampa?
Will: The first one is in May.
:: fast forward 5 or 6 months, and Lauren finds herself on a red eye flight to Tampa ::