What does it mean to be Fringe?

Legend has it that the concept of Fringe Theater was born in 1947 when eight theater groups, unable to gain admission to the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival, performed anywhere they could – pubs, churches, empty store fronts, and galleries. Today hundreds of Fringe Theater Festivals and thousands of Fringe Theater companies exist throughout the world. In 2011, Fringe Theater Key West joined those ranks!

Fringe Theater follows the tradition of fringe theatrical troupes by being a “point of entry” into the theater world for people who used to do theater, always wanted to do theater, and looking for an opportunity to do theater! We hold open auditions twice a year, monthly Plays Out Loud readings, and a Playwrights in Paradise workshop. We provide Monroe County School students the unique opportunity to experience theater in-class and at the theater with our Field Trip to Fringe and Shakespeare in Schools programs.

Our vision is to create theater that is light on its feet, reflects a variety of theatrical voices, and is affordable.  We believe 2017-18 will be Fringe's most exciting year yet! We hope you will find a way to become one of our Fringe Folk -- whether as a volunteer, a donor, an audience member. 
Remember, Fringe Theater takes you places! 

--Rebecca Tomlinson, Artistic Managing Director
    and Janet Bengel, President of the Board
Fringe Folk Janet and Charlie Bengel, Monnie King, Don and Sue Lynch, Rebecca Tomlinson and more!
Fringe Theater Key West s a 501(c)(3) organization 
Rebecca Tomlinson
Janet Bengel​, President
John DeWald, Vice President
Judy Hadley, Secretary
Joe Viana, Treasurer
Cory Held, Sue Lynch, Charlie Allen, Duffy Lucas
Stage Managers:  Cynthia Kemeny, Deb Kik, Alicia Merel, and Annie Miners
Lights/Sound:  Bob Rowand, Mike Tomes, Kelton Skipper, Julie Jeffers, & Stephen Miller
Costume Coordinator: Deborah Snelgrove
Construction:  Don Lynch, Charlie Bengel, Brady Baudin, and Brian Vest
​Shakespeare in Schools:  Judy Hadley,  Alicia Merel
Playwrights in Paradise:  Toby Armour
Plays Out Loud: Glenda Donovan
Contact us at info@fringetheater.org to learn more about getting involved!