Skip to main content

Five Reasons To Attend a Fringe Festival

"The arts are not a way of making a living.
They are a very human way of making life more bearable."
Kurt Vonnegut.

The New York Fringe Festival opens today, bringing more than 200 performing companies and 1600 performances to local venues. Affordable tickets to interesting and innovative work is just one reason to support this fringe or one of the others soon to open in cities across the country. Here are some more:

They foster independent artists;
They stimulate economic growth - restuarants, hotels, the travel industry and every small business in the neighborhood of a fringe event benefit with new customers and opportunities for promotion;

They support the creative community;

The promote under-developed neighborhoods;

By making performing arts visible, available and affordable, the festival supports local arts year-round.
 
Full disclosure: I will be performing CrAzYToWn: my first psychopath in two upcoming Fringe festivals and am already realizing the benefits not only as an artist, but as a person passionate about the arts. The outreach from organizers, energy from supporters and excitement about the creative process are a much-needed lifeline and motivating force for independent artists.


CrAzYtOwN: my first psychopath will be presented at:

Black Cloud Gallery
1900 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60608
         ON
Friday August 31 at 7 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.


EXIT on Taylor Theater
277 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA
          ON
Saturday Sept. 8 @ 9:00 PM
Sunday Sept 9 @ 7:30 PM
Monday Sept 10 @ 10:30 PM
Friday Sept 14 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday Sept 15 @ 6:00 PM
Sunday Sept 16 @ 4:30 PM


box_top.gif
Find out more about Fringe festival dates and schedules around the country at the United States Association of Fringe Festivals website.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Improvisation Games & Exercises For Developing Emotional Intelligence

Since September Lifestage has been offering a monthly training workshop exploring the use of improvisation to develop Emotional Intelligence. These workshops have been geared toward the work done by clinicians, educators and trainers who guide the process of personal change or professional development, but as it turns out we have enjoyed some interesting diversity among the participants -  managers, business owners with both employees and customers, community activists, and performers. 
    Below is a collection of the exercises we have used in the workshops, accompanied by some studies that supports their use. 


Why Improvisation?
Improvisation is a powerful way to become aware of mental habits and patterns. Reflecting on our inner experiences after engaging in an improvisation exercise provides an opportunity to decide whether our mental habits are effective and useful or self-limiting and obsolete. The tensions of the creative process and this kind of interpersonal interaction are a fa…

WARM-UP EXERCISES FOR GROUP WORK - For Therapeutic, Educational or Training Groups

Nicholas Wolff, LCSW, BCD, TEP, Director of Training at Lifestage, Inc and Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, RMT, CGP, Trainer/consultant and writer/performer. Follow on twitter @JuTrWolff


   “To begin assembly one must have the right attitude,” goes a Japanese instruction for assembling a particular object, as quoted in Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance. The "right attitude" is one that best serves the action we are preparing to engage in, just as an athlete warms up his/her muscles before using them in the stress of a work-out or game. Psychological and emotional "muscles" that are properly warmed up will perform more effectively and make it less likely that we will experience strain or allow fear to produce a shut-out when things get rolling.
    The right warm-up makes everything learned in a training situation or classroom more accessible and immediately useful to the trainee/student. New skills and knowledge - in education, personal growth or a professional train…

What Hope Looks Like: How Teens Benefit From Improvisation Training

On day #1 of a week-long teen bereavement camp, our group work had a singular goal: get the kids to come back for day #2. Most were pressured by a family member or therapist to give the camp a fair try but after that it was up to us. Issues of loss combined with the relentless honesty with which teens will respond to anything counseling-related added to the degree of difficulty. But they did come back, because the radical engagement possible through Applied Improvisation transformed 14 anxious, highly self-protective strangers into an emotionally-connected group in just a few hours. In high-pressure therapeutic environments like this camp, as in psychotherapy or school counseling settings, the connectivity and creativity that power improvisation are an ideal match for adolescents' developmental needs. We can see the results of using these methods in the way the kids bond and build one another up, and in their feedback long after groups are over. And it helps that there is also sci…