April 7-8, 2023


Art that pushes the envelope is taking over The Z this April. The Z Fringe Festival showcases unique creative works in a weekend of adventurous theater and performance art. Featuring exciting, self-produced works on three Z stages, including 2 new pieces produced by The Z and The Z Fringe Co-Producing Artists, Jason Kypros and Brittney Harris. Celebrate art that makes a statement at The Z Fringe Festival! Artistic Innovation starts here.

The Z Fringe Festival, April 7-8, is 2 days of locally produced, performance-based works in the Main Stage, Studio, and on the terrace (weather permitting) with ticket proceeds for each show going back to the producing artist. Submissions are open to performance-based art of any genre (and across-genres… and totally beyond genre categorization…). Festival selections will be chosen by random lottery after screening to make sure they meet the guidelines.

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April 7-8, 2023

  • The Z’s amazing facility and performance space! Including professional sound & lighting support
  • An All Access Festival pass for each member of your team
  • 50% of ticket sales to your performance. Total festival pass revenue will be split based on attendance at each performance. 
  • 50% of your show’s “Virtual Tip Jar”, donations made through The Z’s online platform in your show’s name 
  • A unique purchasing code to allow your network to show their support for your artistry by purchasing passes. 
  • Listing in our printed festival schedule and on our website. Social media promotion 
  • Box office support


Main: 299 seat thrust theater. Approximate stage space: 24’ x 32’(~768 sq ft). Cyc, Full Stage Black, or drop-down projection screen available as backdrop.

Studio: 88 seat black box theater. Approximate stage space: 24’ x 12’ (~288 sq ft).

Terrace: Outdoor space. Lawn style seating/standing. Audience <50 people.

Applicants must submit a completed application and submission fee between Nov. 15-Dec. 15. The Z Fringe Committee will review each submission to make sure they meet festival guidelines. Submissions meeting the guidelines will be entered into the lottery and festival selections will be chosen at random. Lottery selection and announcements will be completed by January 15. 

There is no cost to apply to The  Z Fringe Festival.  Shows selected for the festival will be required to pay a Production Fee based on their Tier time.  *Production fee is waived for Z Artist Members. JOIN HERE

Production Fees: 

  • Tier 1: Up to 15 min, $10 fee
  • Tier 2: Up to 30 min, $20 fee
  • Tier 3: Up to 60 min, $40 fee
  • Tier 4: Up to 90 min, $50 fee
  • Artists must provide artwork and description for promotional purposes.
  • Artists are responsible for creating their own social media events and promoting their shows.
  • Artists are responsible for all production details, including casting, physical elements, audio cues, and any costs associated with their show.
  • We highly encourage original works for this festival. If the work is not an original piece, Artists are responsible for securing the rights. 

Fringe Fest Submissions

Run Time (in minutes)
Your show, with set-up and strike time must fit into the time block nearest to your running time: 15m, 30m, 60m, or 90min time blocks. Ex: a 20 run time will be assigned a 30 min block.
Your show, with set-up and strike time must fit into the time block nearest to your running time: 15m, 30m, 60m, or 90min time blocks. Ex: a 20 run time will be assigned a 30 min block.
Desired Venue (select one or multiple):(Required)
Venue selection is not guaranteed. If your show has a specific need for a venue, please outline in the synopsis section.

Key Production Elements

Please describe your show in brief. This is not the same as synopsis for marketing purposes, which selected shows will have an opportunity to submit later on in the process.
Show Rating(Required)
Performance Genre
Pick 1 or multiple
Scripts, excerpts, videos, etc.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Submission Period: November 15th to December 15th 11:59pm EST


No nudity outside, no fire inside. No loose glitter or confetti (it's bad for the planet and our vacuums). 

Performance with set-up and strike time must fit into a tiered time slot:

  • Tier 1: 15m
  • Tier 2: 30m
  • Tier 3: 60m
  • Tier 4: 90min  

Selected shows will be able to schedule tech time in the venue, during the week leading up to the Festival. 

Tier 3 and 4  shows will have up to 1 hour of tech time in the venue.  

Tier 1 and 2 shows will have up to 30 minutes of tech time in the venue. 

We want as many artists as possible to be able to participate. To help with that, only one application per producing artist is allowed. Multiple applications from the same Producer/Main Contact will be removed from the lottery. 

Content Guidelines: The Z is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive community. The Z’s artistic staff may reject any submission deemed not in line with this policy, such as entries with messages that are derogatory toward other groups, based on gender, race, color, religion, age, nationality, disability or other characteristic. Any rejection on such grounds will be based on the perceived artistic merit of the entry in accordance with The Z’s mission and values. Any Entrant submitting such material may be banned from future contests at The Z.

Public Health Policies

At this time, we encourage masks and COVID-19 testing based on community transmission rates, but do not require them for patrons. We reserve the right to adjust our public health policies based on transmission rates and CDC guidelines at the time of the festival.
We will maintain our refund policy that Patrons who are experiencing symptoms of contagious illnesses or have a positive COVID-19 test may call the box office to exchange or refund their tickets.