2020 KC Fringe Performing and Film Artist Application

So you want to do a Fringe Show. . .
We're here to help make that possible - whether this is your first time producing a show or if this is what you've been doing for years. If you've never done it before, we have all sorts of help to offer, and if you know what you're doing, we'll stand back and watch you go!
Is Fringe right for your production?
We believe there’s a place for everyone in Fringe and we welcome participation from anyone, however, Fringe may not be the right place for every kind of production.

Fringe is a different producing environment. The pace is faster, the timeline is more compressed, and you have little control over venue choice, tech, ticketing and schedule. What might be a reasonable request in other theater situations may be a logistical nightmare for Fringe. Our guidelines and rules are in place to keep everything running smoothly.

There are some limitations you’ll have to take into account for your show:

1. No elaborate tech. You must be able to load in and set up your show in ten minutes, and you also get ten minutes to strike after your show. Don’t count on having storage space in your venue. You may need to bring your set and costumes in and out for every performance.

2. Projection equipment is not provided. You may bring in your own equipment with the permission and coordination of your venue technician.

3. No distribution of food or alcohol will be permitted by artists.

4. Companies are assigned to a single venue.

5. Fringe makes no scheduling accommodations for actors who desire to be in multiple shows.

Applying to Fringe

Applying is very simple: just read this info (even if you've done Fringe before, there are always changes) then fill out this online application. Submit this form and application fee no later than 12:00 pm (Central Time) on Thursday, February 15, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

KC Fringe 2020 Performing Arts runs Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, July 26. You must be available to perform for the entire festival's duration, as well as at least one day during July 12-16 for a mandatory 3-hour technical rehearsal.

Please read all information thoroughly before you apply. The guidelines and application are your contract with KC Fringe.

What You Get:   

Fringe is the best deal in town for producers.

1. An environment that facilitates an independent creative process and the opportunity to perform for an audience that is eager and willing to support new performances and creations.

2. A choice of venue size (small, regular or large) with basic light and tech set up.

3. The schedule of your performances listed in the printed Fringe program guide and on the Fringe website and mobile app along with your show description and photo.

4. One 3-hour technical rehearsal at the venue in the days immediately prior to the festival so you can setup and run through your show.

5. At least one technician.

6. Full box office service including online and on-ground advance and day-of ticket sales.

7. At least one box office staff and one front of house/usher staff.

8. Publicity for the festival as a whole.

9. Marketing and producing support.

10. Festival artist discounts including special ad rates in the program guide, special Fringe button pricing, and comp tickets.

11. 60% of the box office receipts to be paid by Friday, August 14, 2020.

12. The Fringe Producers' Handbook—your comprehensive guide to producing and marketing your show.

What you'll do as a producer to make your show a success:

1. Show performance time slots are 60 minutes. Your performance can not exceed 60 minutes or run under 45 minutes. Please see fee schedule below.

2. Secure the rights for your production.

3. Submit an application form and the application fee on time. (Deadline February 15, 2020)

4. Submit all requested Fringe materials on time. Deadlines for submissions can be found in the producers manual.

5. Arrange for all permits. The Fringe will provide information on permits if needed but it is the producer’s responsibility to acquire these items.  (e.g. – Fire Permits)

6. Rehearse and mount your production.

7. We encourage you to provide a box office liaison to work with our box office volunteers so you have firsthand information regarding your ticket sales.

8. Arrive with everything needed for your show (props, sets, costumes, stage manager, ideas on lighting and sound cues, etc.)

9. Promote your show. We promote the festival, you are responsible for promoting your show.  The Fringe Producers' Handbook will help you with ideas and resources.

10. Be responsible for all your personal expenses and personal belongings.

11. Be fully prepared for your scheduled technical rehearsal. 

12. Show up on time for performances.

13. All shows must end on time. If you exceed your allotted 60 minute performance time, we will deduct $100 from your ticket proceeds for each performance that exceeds the time limit. 

14. All props, costumes, personal belongings, etc. must be removed from venue by 5:00pm on Monday, July 27. If not cleared by that time, a $30 labor fee and $100 disposal fee will be deducted from your ticket proceeds.

Remember – there will be no scheduling accommodations for actors who desire to be in multiple shows!

Contact Information
All Fringe correspondence will be sent to the Primary Contact Person only.  Only the Primary Contact Person is authorized to submit or make changes to show and company information. Please check your email regularly as this is the only way the Fringe will communicate with you.  The primary contact is responsible for turning in all paperwork for everyone involved with that company.
Primary Contact Information

The KC Fringe Festival venues will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Performance venues will be assigned by the festival based on your choice of venue size.

Seating Capacity (you will select your venue size in the fee payment section)

  • Film Venue- 40 seats
  • Small Venue - Up to 75 seats  (Small Venue slots are now full. As of 1/11/20, all Small Venue requests will be on a wait list.)
  • Regular Venue - 76 to 110 Seats
  • Large Venue -  Over 110 Seats 

Note: Smaller venues typically have smaller stages and less wing space, larger venues typically have larger stages with more wing space.

Note: If you need aerial rigging or a dance floor, you must request a large venue. We do not have any small or medium venues with those capabilities. 


Venue assignments and show schedules will be completed by May 15.

Do not call your venue for any reason. The venue is simply providing the space. KC Fringe has complete control of how that space is set-up and managed. You jeopardize the venue's participation if you contact them. The venue cannot and will not answer your questions.


If a venue size of preference is waitlisted, please apply for that venue and withhold payment. Every year, producers inevitably drop out and we will build a list of artists to take those availabilities as they open up. 

The Application Fee is due with your application by February 15, 2020.

As soon as you've submitted this application, be sure to pay one of two ways:

Pay via PayPal

Or, mail your check to: 

KC Fringe Festival
P.O. Box 415001
Kansas City, MO 64141-5001

We cannot assign you a performance slot until we receive your full payment.

The KC Fringe is unjuried and uncensored. Performance times are filled on a first come, first served basis. The first 75 fully paid applicants are guaranteed performance slots in the 2020 KC Fringe Festival. Any remaining fully paid applications will be put on a waiting list in the order received.

We reserve the right to refuse any application. 

Signed Agreement:
This application will be considered a legal agreement between you and the KC Fringe Festival. Application fees will be processed upon receipt. Companies may withdraw from the festival with a full refund before April 15, 2020. Cancellations are accepted only from the primary contact, and only in writing. Companies that withdraw after April 15, 2020, forfeit their application fee. All performing companies agree to adhere to the laws of Missouri, the ordinances of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and the policies and procedures of the KC Fringe Festival, stated within this document. The KC Fringe Festival reserves the right to cancel any performances of companies or artists not adhering to this agreement. All performers must individually sign a waiver of liability form and provide a signed copy to the Fringe office no later than July 1, 2020. 

Your Full Name (Primary contact)

Print and keep a copy of your application for yourself.

You will receive confirmation of application received. If you don't hear back or have questions, contact us at applications@kcfringe.org or call 816-359-9195.

KC Fringe / PO Box 415001 / Kansas City, MO 64141-5001 / 816-516-4750