SF Fringe App Info

APPLICATION INFORMATION
The deadline for applying to perform in the 2017 San Francisco Fringe Festival was midnight on January 31, 2017 and applications are no longer being accepted. Performers will be selected at a public lottery at EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco, at 2pm on Saturday February 11. The SF Fringe will accept applications to perform in “Non-Traditional Fringe Venues.” The NTFV application is ONLY for site specific work that cannot be performed in a traditional theater. The NTFV application will be available on the Fringe website February 28, 2017.

The 26th Annual San Francisco Fringe Festival will present 150 performances by 35 different theater companies between September 8th and September 23th, 2017. Performers will be selected at a public lottery at 2pm on February 11th, 2017 at EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street in San Francisco. The lottery winners will be announced on EXIT Theatre’s Facebook page in real time with the drawing, at approximately 2:30pm on Saturday, February 11th. The complete list of winners will also be posted on EXIT Theatre’s website by Wednesday, February 15th.

The SF Fringe is non-censored and is open to all artists. Artists who want to perform in the San Francisco Fringe Festival apply by filling out an online application and paying a $40 application fee. We will accept applications until midnight Pacific Standard Time on Tuesday January 31, 2017.

Performers selected in the lottery pay a performance fee depending upon the size of the venue and the time of the performance slot they choose, and they receive four performance slots during the festival. The San Francisco Fringe Festival provides fully equipped and professionally staffed theaters and the performing companies receive 100% of their chosen ticket price.

THE SF FRINGE REQUIRES THAT ALL FRINGE COMPANIES PROVIDE:
• A fully prepared, professional, audience-ready, rights-secured production.
• A set ticket price of no more than $12.
• Your own show-specific promotional and publicity materials.
• All your production/travel/royalties/miscellaneous expenses.
• All Fringe materials such as contractual, technical, promotional forms on time when requested.

THE SF FRINGE PROVIDES FRINGE PERFORMERS IN STANDARD VENUES:
• Four (4) performance slots in the venue of your choice.
• 100% of your chosen ticket price.
• Publicity, tech and general show support from the moment you are accepted in the festival.
• A theater venue outfitted with a rep plot for lighting and basic sound equipment.
• One professional technician that will be with you for every one of your shows.
• Ticket sales and front of house staff including box office, usher and house manager.
• “Fringe Central” that is staffed with knowledgeable people that are ready to assist you and the audience.
• Inclusion on the Fringe website and mobile app, in the Fringe program guide, and in the overall festival publicity.
• Any number of other community related events and updates including opening and closing night parties and The Daily Starr, the newspaper of the festival.

SCHEDULING

The San Francisco Fringe Festival will schedule all performances in the festival. Performances will be between September 8th and September 23th, 2017 with evening performances Tuesdays through Fridays and afternoon and evening performances on Saturdays and Sundays. You will have 15 minutes to load-in and 15 minutes to load-out. The change overs between shows happen in front of an open house with audience members leaving and entering. Considering this, your entire set up for your show must be simple enough to accomplish in that limited amount of time, including sets, props, and costumes.

Local performers must be available to perform throughout the entire festival. Non-local performers, if they desire, have the option of performing either in the first ten days of the festival or the final ten days of the festival. Performers must also be available for a tech rehearsal in the days before the festival or, for non-local performers, at the beginning or in the middle of the festival.

PERFORMANCE SLOTS

The San Francisco Fringe Festival has primarily 60 minute performance slots but we do provide very few 90 minute performance slots for shows that require more than 60 minutes.  Applicants must choose at the time they apply which performance slot they want and performances MUST remain within those time limits. But note, of the 35 performance slots chosen by lottery, only three are 90 minute slots (one each for EXIT Theatre, EXIT Stage Left, and the EXIT Studio).

VENUES

The 2017 San Francisco Fringe Festival will provide five staffed and equipped theaters as standard Fringe venues. Performers must select their performance venue at the time they apply. If they are selected in the lottery they will be invoiced a Performance Fee depending upon their choice. The Fringe venues and their Performance Fees are:

EXIT THEATREPLEX (156 Eddy Street)
• EXIT Studio – 36 seats – 60 minute slot – $500
• EXIT Studio -36 seats – 90 minute slot – $600
• EXIT Stage Left – 49 seats – 60 minute slot – $600
• EXIT Stage Left – 49 seats – 90 minute slot – $700
• EXIT Theatre – 80 seats – 60 minute slot – $800
• EXIT Theatre – 80 seats – 90 minute slot – $900

Performances in the EXIT venues will be scheduled Tuesday through Friday evenings and all day Saturdays and Sundays.

The EXIT Theatreplex is “Fringe Central” and includes the EXIT Café, the volunteer and hospitality center, and three theaters.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

All of the standard Fringe venues are accessible to audience members in wheelchairs. All of the stages are accessible by wheelchairs except for EXIT Theatre which has a 14 inch raised stage accessible by two steps. None of the tech booths are accessible by wheelchair.

TECH REHEARSAL

Each Fringe show will have one short tech rehearsal with your Fringe technician — 2 1/2 hours for a 60 minute time slot and 3 1/2 hours for a 90 minute slot. We cannot guarantee any additional rehearsal time in the space. Considering this you are limited in the number of light and sound cues you can have.

VENUE SPECIFICATIONS

EXIT Theatre – Standard proscenium with a raised stage (14” rise)
House Size – 80 seats
Stage Size – 30’ long by 12’9” deep (less depending on the masking position)
Lighting – A rep plot with a significant number of specials available and a programmable light board.
Sound – 2 CD players and a stereo mini cable for laptops and iPhones.
Projector – Possible, but not ideal. All projector equipment must be provided by the performer and will have to be loaded in for each show. We do not keep anything in house.
Set and props – This is the best space for larger sets. That being said, you still have to carry everything in and out for each show through our main hallway. You still only have 15 minutes to load in.
Notes – The upstage wall is Brick and can be revealed for your show if you wish. The stage is unfortunately not wheel chair accessible but the house and dressing room are.

EXIT Stage Left – Standard Black Box Theatre
House Size – 49 seats
Stage Size – 18’ long by 19’7” deep (less depending on the masking position)
Lighting – A rep plot with a significant number of specials available and a light board that will be run as a two scene preset.
Sound – 2 CD players and a stereo mini cable for laptops and iPhones.
Projector – The best of the EXIT spaces for Projectors. All projector equipment would have to be provided by the performer and loaded in for each show. We do not keep anything in house. There are several platforms already installed in the house for projectors.
Set and props – This is a fairly small space and there isn’t a lot of room for larger set pieces.

EXIT Studio – Standard Black Box for Theatre
House Size – 36 seats
Stage Size – 13’ long by 17’ deep (less depending on the masking position)
Lighting – A rep plot with a significant number of specials available and a light board that will be run as a two scene preset.
Sound – 2 CD players and a stereo mini cable for laptops and iPhones.
Projector – Possible, but not ideal. Handheld projectors work well because the space is small. There are not any obvious good places for a projector. All projector equipment would have to be provided by the performer and loaded in for each show. We do not keep anything in house..
Set and props – This space is very small and has the least amount of maneuverability.
Notes – This is the most sound proof space we have.

 

NON-TRADITIONAL FRINGE VENUES

Performers may apply to perform in a “Non-Traditional Fringe Venue.” The NTFV application is ONLY for site specific work that cannot be performed in a traditional theater. The NTFV application will be available on the Fringe website February 28, 2017.