Fringe Festival accepting submissions

- The 2014 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival is accepting submissions through midnight on April 16.

Fringe Festival Producer Erica Fee discussed the process Wednesday on News 8 at Noon.

Fee is holding free 2014 Fringe 101 information sessions.  Attendees need to sign up for the hour-long sessions by emailing  The sessions will take place at Writers & Books in Rochester March 15 & 22 from 11 a.m. to noon, and March 26 from 7 to 8 p.m.

In addition, the Blackfriars Theatre will host a special artist mash-up on March 30 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Submissions will only be accepted at, and will be sent directly to the venues chosen by the applicants.  There is an advantage to applying early as venues begin the booking process.  Submissions will be accepted by Bernunzio Uptown Music, Blackfriars Theatre, Eastman School of Music's Kilbourn Hall and Sproull Atrium, George Eastman House, Geva Theatre Center, Java's, The Little and Gallery R, MUCCC, RAPA, The TheatreRocs Stage at Xerox Auditorium and Writer's & Books.

The application process is free.  A $100 (single performance) or $150 (multiple performances) registration fee is due only after the contract with a venue is finalized.  The fee goes toward the show's inclusion in the program guide and website, a centralized box office and more.

The "Bring Your Own Venue" (BYOV) option is available again this year for unique, site-specific work.  Proposals must be sent to by April 5.

This year's First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival will run from September 18-27.

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