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. Read below to learn about the projects our 2017 cohort is working on this July!

2017 Campers-in-Residence

Carl(os) Roa

 The creator, writer, and performer will be using the residency to develop a project currently entitled Andean Mountains, a multi-media journey through the mountain range, and in turn, an exploration of personal geography: the way we relate to our place of origin versus where we’ve relocated.


fidget is a platform for the collaborative work of choreographer Megan Bridge and composer Peter Price.  The duo will be using Camp Fringe to develop two works simultaneously. Sp3 (Space, Pulse Pattern, Presence) is a new dance work performed by 6 local dancers which is slated to premiere at FringeArts in winter 2018. PA RT (1978) is a duet by Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson which Bridge and her collaborator Beau Hancock are working to re-stage in a research setting.

 Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

 Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is an American curator and performance artists, who is using Camp Fringe to develop séancers, a performance work that collapses lyrical poetry, psychic movement forms, and strategies of discursive performance to investigate concepts of black magic, resurrection, and paranormal activity.

 Sam Tower

Sam Tower + Ensemble will use Camp Fringe to intensively workshop the script for Strange Tenants, premiering in the 2017 Fringe Festival. Written by Jeremy Gable, the story and text is derived from physical material, original characters and narratives created by the ensemble; Merri Rashoyan, Nia Benjamin, Tess Kunik, Bi Jean Ngo, and Katie Croyle. Directed by Sam Tower, this dance theatre psycho thriller evokes 1950’s Hitchcock and cult horror.

 Alexandra Tatarsky

 Tatarsky is beginning a period of intensive generation for Part II of a tragicomic triptych exploring American emptiness, nonsense, and violence in a surreal register of movement, music, and text drawn from the romance and horror of cliché Americana imagery and performance modes.  Part II (working title: Bonanza) is an ensemble-devised work that follows Part I (Psychobabble), a solo piece which just finished an extended run in New York City.

 Anisa George with George & Co

 George & Co. was founded in 2011 as a platform for original performances and films that grow out of collaborative research and spontaneous play.  Their work-in-process The Hamlet Project is a multimedia live performance that deconstructs Shakespeare’s most famous play for a contemporary landscape and uses an iconic work as a launching pad for civic participation.

 Emily Bate

 The Philadelphia-based singer and composer is developing a show called Going Down Mount Moriah, an experimental musical based around a choir of nine women that tackles the aftermath of sexual assault.

 Meryl Sands

Working with a collective of artists formed while studying at University of the Arts/Pig Iron School for Devised performance, Sands is developing an original performance currently entitled Fourth Quarter, which uses live music and first person storytelling to confront the mortality of mothers and the earth as we know it.

 Allen Clarke with Run Boy Run Productions

 Run Boy Run Productions aims to create an inclusive space for people of color to create social change using theater and live performance.  Their work-in-process Boomerang is a visual interactive theater production using spoken word and dance to convey the stories of two boys from two different households as they navigate traumatic situations that alter their relationships with women.

 Joseph Keckler

The singer, humorist and songwriter will be using the residency to work on a new opera, co-commissioned by FringeArts and Opera Philadelphia.

Apply to Camp Fringe

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.
Apply to Camp Fringe

The application deadline for our 2017 cohort has passed. Please check back in Spring 2018 for our 2018 Cohort application.

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

Successful applicants will be notified shortly after.

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)

2017 Timeline
Week One: July 2–7 (showings on the 7th)
Week Two: July 9–14 (showings on the 14th)
Week Three: July 17–23 (showings on the 23rd)

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.