This isn’t theater. This is fringe.
We are a by-lottery, non-juried fringe festival.
We support new, edgy, and experimental performance in our city of Portland.
We celebrate the imaginative and the weird.
We are inclusive, intersectional, and unafraid.
We seek to eliminate financial and logistical barriers so that artists can focus on their work (and even make money doing so).
We celebrate and contribute to Maine’s vibrant performance art community.
We do this out of love and passion – for theater, for creativity, for cardboard props, and packed houses.
Plus, it’s super fun.
MISSION: The mission of PortFringe is to support performance artists, to encourage experimentation and innovation, and to provide an accessible, affordable outlet for exciting work that enriches our creative community.
HISTORY: PortFringe launched in 2012 as a five-day, cutting-edge fringe festival with 40 acts ranging from serious to silly and everything in between. Last year, PortFringe included over 125 performances – all in Portland’s walkable downtown Arts District. With generous support from our community, an army of volunteers, and a pool of talented actors, directors, designers, and producers, PortFringe showcases an impressive depth and breadth of local and national talent. As we enter our seventh festival season, PortFringe looks to keeps things fringey, expand our artist and audience base, and be a force to reckon with. (Click here to view history of our past festivals).
COMMUNITY: Perhaps best of all, PortFringe generates thousands of dollars of ticket sales ALL OF WHICH is funneled directly back to the artists. PortFringe demonstrates that there is a hunger in Portland, Maine for eclectic, homegrown, and fun arts programming — and that such creative pursuits can also be economically viable.
For more information about the upcoming PortFringe 2019 festival, click here.
THE 2019 PORTFRINGE CREW
Corey Anderson – technical direction
Mariah Bergeron – marketing and outreach
Lisa Boucher Hartman – venues and events
Sokvonny Chhouk – design and multimedia
Deirdre Fulton McDonough – press relations
Stacey Koloski – artist relations
Caroline Kyros – technical operations
Jordan Layman – development & advancement
Tara McDonough – grants and community partnerships
James Patefield – box office and community partnerships
Elizabeth Patterson – development and external relations