Know Theatre of Cincinnati and The Cincinnati Fringe Festival are excited to announce that applications are now available for the high-school portion of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, FringeNext. FringeNext will take place during the first week of the Festival, May 29 – June 1 and will consist of 5 Fringe productions created by and performed by local high school students. All FringeNext performances will take place at our FringeNext partner, The School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
"We've had great success with FringeNext in its first two years," says Eric Vosmeier, Producing Artistic Director. "But it's important to make sure we are reaching out and recruiting new applicants moving forward. We need to ensure that the program continues and I'd like to increase eventually from three productions to five."
In order to participate in this program, students must be enrolled in high school for the 2012-2013 school year or are currently being home-schooled at the high school level. Each production will be produced by a student leader, with the assistance of a production advisor (over the age of 21) who can be a teacher, parent, or mentor in the theatre industry. High school students will fulfill all roles of these productions, actors, directors, designers, etc. and the adult acts a mentor to the process. Students will also participate in a workshop in April where they will meet with past Fringe Festival producers and the Fringe staff to learn more about the process.
Just like the Performance Fringe, FringeNext is not looking for a specific type of production, but the Fringe format still applies. All participants in a FringeNext production must be currently enrolled in high school. Participants will also be required to give back to the Fringe Community by volunteering for the Festival.
The applications to FringeNext will be juried by a jury of local theatre professionals and educators. Applications are due January 18, 2013 and students will be notified of acceptance by the first week of February 2013. More information and applications can be found at cincyfringe.com.
Know Theatre of Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Know Theatre is supported by the National Theatre Company Grant from The American Theatre Wing, dedicated to supporting the most promising emerging theatre companies from around the country. Know Theatre of Cincinnati also receives support from The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation. For more information on the Know Theatre visit knowtheatre.com or call 513-300-KNOW.
Photo Credit: Cincy Fringe Festival