Camp Fringe

Camp Fringe

A summer residency at FringeArts for artists.

About Camp Fringe

FringeArts is committed to supporting emerging artists by providing tools that will help them develop new, risky, fearless work.  With the support of the Independence Foundation, FringeArts launches a new residency initiative for early-career artists.

Camp Fringe offers multiple one-week artist residencies over the course of 3 weeks in July, using spaces in the FringeArts building along the Delaware River waterfront. By hosting multiple artists and projects during the residency period, Camp Fringe fosters peer-to-peer connections and opportunities for feedback and exchange. With 2 to 4 artists or groups in residency per week, artists share 1 or 2 communal meals during the week, as well as end-of-week showings within their cohort.

Each year, Camp Fringe establishes a new cohort of artists in the city whose work aligns with our mission to present world-class contemporary performance that challenges convention and inspires new ways of thinking.

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Residency Requirements

  • Participate in group welcome meal at the beginning of the residency week.
  • Informal public or invited showing or presentation of material (30 mins).
  • Participate in internal evaluation/feedback process.
  • Maintain communication with FringeArts regarding ongoing artistic projects and the future life of the residency project.
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2017 Application Deadline: May 22

After the application deadline, a panel will review applications using the selection criteria below.

Successful applicants will be notified by May 30.

Selection Criteria

Career Stage/Emerging Voices
Camp Fringe is most helpful for new voices in the field and gives preference to early-career or underrepresented artists.

Artistic Background & Excellence
Successful applicants present high-quality work that aligns with the daring curatorial vision of FringeArts.

Participants reflect the artistic and cultural diversity that makes Philadelphia a creative cauldron for exciting new art.

Camp Fringe Details & Timeline

Length of Residency: 6 days
Number of Artists Accepted: 6-12 depending on schedule
Application type: RFP/Nomination

Housing/Travel: Not provided
Meals: Some meals provided
Internet access: Wireless internet available
Accessibility: Building and studio/theater are wheelchair accessible
Studios: Theater and Dance, equipped with basic (work) lighting and PA system
Schedule: up to 6 hrs/day, Sun-Fri

$500 per person, up to 6 participants per artist group (maximum $3,000 per group)

Week One: July 2–7 (showings on the 7th)
Week Two: July 9–14 (showings on the 14th)
Week Three: July 16–21 (showings on the 21st)

Residencies begin in July, with each company assigned a single week in the three-week program. Each week begins with a welcome meal provided by La Peg, allowing all campers to meet the other companies and provide networking opportunities for all involved. Companies are scheduled to spend time in either our rehearsal studio or theater in morning and afternoon shifts, allowing each group to rehearse once per day throughout the week. A mid-week luncheon focuses on networking and cross-pollination among groups as artists share progress and insights with each other.

The development process culminates in a showing at the end of each week, attended by FringeArts staff, all Camp Fringe participants, and anyone the cohort would like to invite. With a focus on rigorous artistic exploration rather than a final product, the content of these showings is dictated by the artists.

Providing artists with exposure and an additional platform for showcasing work, FringeArts highlights Camp Fringe cohorts on this website and highlights the accomplishments of alumni, including annual updates from past cohort members.

Camp Fringe is supported by the Independence Foundation’s New Theater Works Initiative.