2022 Rochester Fringe Festival Venues Announced

Planning for the eleventh annual Rochester Fringe, slated for this fall, is well underway. Today, event organizers announced this year’s participating venues. The 2022 festival starts on Tuesday September 13 and runs daily until Saturday September 24.

The Fringe is a twelve-day entertainment extravaganza designed to build community engagement through the performing arts.

The shows are selected by the festival organizers and local venues. This dual approach to programming contributes to the unique character of the festival. The Fringe presents a handful of spectacular and highly theatrical performances at One Fringe Place, the center of the festival, and in large outdoor public spaces in downtown Rochester. These immersive experiences draw thousands of attendees, providing unparalleled entry to the arts. In addition, more than twenty official Fringe sites host their own presentations from among the hundreds of submissions received each year.

Many local arts professionals will spend the next few months working quietly behind the scenes to create their own “mini-festivals”. These resident venues form the backbone of the Rochester Fringe and have helped it become New York State’s largest multidisciplinary performing arts event. Their efforts reflect the imagination, passion and creativity of Rochester’s performing arts community and ensure its success. Located in scattered neighborhoods in the heart of the city, the 2022 sites include:

Rochester Aerial Arts,

Eastman School of Music: Hatch Recital Hall, Kilbourn Hall and Miller Center,

The Focus Theater,

· Geva Theater Centre: the Fielding stage,

The International Place,

Java,

JCC Rochester: Hart Theater and Dr. Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage,

Joseph Avenue Arts and Cultural Allian

The Little Theater,

RIT City Art Space,

MuCCC – Multipurpose Community Cultural Center,

Rochester Music Hall of Fame,

School of the Arts: Allen Main Stage Theatre, Black Box Theatre, Club SOTA, the Courtyard, Ensemble Theater and Gymnasium,

The Salena event space,

The Spirit Room: Bar Room and Conjure Box,

The Theater @ Place de l’Innovation,

· Writers and books.

INTERNAL PROGRAMMING SITES:

Garth Fagan Dance

George Eastman Museum

Rochester Center for Contemporary Art (RoCo)

Sloan Performing Arts Center at the University of Rochester

“Each venue offers a different taste of Rochester’s strong arts scene. We encourage our venues to take a ‘signature approach’ when selecting shows that reflect the artistic perspectives, style and sensibilities of their organization. Our audience expects compelling, innovative and world-class productions.. Our regional venues consistently exceed these expectations,” said Erica Fee, Founding Producer of the festival.

The mission of the Rochester Fringe provides a platform for artists to share their creativity and develop their skills while providing unparalleled public access to the arts. The Fringe strives to be diverse and inclusive, and to boost downtown Rochester both culturally and economically. For more information, please contact Adele Fico, Acting Press Secretary at (585) 402-3947.

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