Last year I had the privilege of helping to develop and launch a brand new program with the Vancouver International Fringe Festival and The Only Animal. Fringe Onsite is a site-specific show development program that includes 11 weeks of development workshop time, mentorship with TOA’s Artistic Director Kendra Fanconi, logistical support, venue coordinator, and all the other fun things that come with being a part of the fringe.
This video which highlights last summer’s program is a good hint at some of the possibilities of what the program is – but ultimatey it is what the participants make of it.
This year, the onsite program is accepting 14 participants on a first-come, first-served basis and applications go online on January 17th. If any of you are looking for a really well supported way to be a part of the Fringe, a way to create a show with deadlines, guaranteed performance time, and no added venue costs (as compared to the BYOV program which is the same price but does not offer any mentorship, development support, or venue provisions), then I highly recommend the Onsite program.
Over the next couple of weeks myself, Kendra and David Jordan (the Fringe executive Director) will be visiting a number of the post-secondary institutions in the lower mainland to talk about the program and answer questions. If you are a current student I really encourage you to attend. If you’re not a student and want more information about the program, please post your questions here and I’ll do my best to either answer them or find you an answer. And hopefully I’ll see some of you in the Onsite program.