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Fringe Team

About The Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest performing arts festival in the world. In 2023, the Festival welcomed more than 3,400 theatrical productions featuring more than 23,000 artists performing in more than 40,000 performances in one of nearly 500 venues across the capital city of Edinburgh, Scotland. There is truly nothing like it in the world.

Live Arts works with WorldStrides which produces two festivals within the overall Fringe: The American High School Theatre Festival (ASHTF) and the International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF). We help schools from across the US to manage and produce their productions in Edinburgh.

close up of the truss building for central auditorium

The Edinburgh Castle. Photo taken from Princes Street Gardens.

About the Team

As the “tech team,” our job is to prepare the theater spaces (build truss, hang lights, build seating, wire in sound systems, etc.) and shepherd each production through its tech and performance schedule. Our team ensures that everything runs safely and smoothly for each production, including lots of handholding and cat herding. The 2023 team welcomed over 500 student performers in 32 performing groups over three venues. We prepped, “teched,” and managed 124 shows in just over three weeks. It can be exhausting, but ultimately it is extremely rewarding to help students master this transformative experience!

We support our team through training and development of technical skills. We cover the costs of airfare, housing, paid public transportation, and a per diem.

The team is chosen early in the calendar year for the following August. However, it is never too soon to volunteer at Live Arts to obtain, sharpen, and demonstrate your abilities!

Interested in applying for the Live Arts Fringe Team? 

Applications Closed. Need info? email

Preference is given to active volunteers with appropriate skills. Lighting designer, sound designers, board operators, and stage managers needed.  Learn about current volunteering opportunities here.

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Fringe Team Preparation
Team members invest approximately 20 hours of prep work and training over a few months in the spring.

Working in Scotland
The majority of our team make a three-week work commitment (including travel days). There is a second supporting group traveling and working for two weeks. 

Fringe Team Travel Dates

  • Three-week group: July 23 – August 14, 2024
  • Two-week group: July 27 – August 11, 2024

2024 Fringe Team

Caroline Daniels
Carter Walker
Darryl Smith
Joseph Schefer
Ken Ferguson
Laurence Hugo
Marianne Kubik
Morgan Hall
Ray Nedzel
Sarah Cain
Josh Reid (Master Electrician and Lighting Designer)
Ray Nedzel (Fringe Team Director)

Team members enjoying festival fare, in the relatively cool Edinburgh August.
Team members enjoying festival fare in the relatively cool Edinburgh August. The team does a lot of work, but the work is done at the world’s largest theatre festival.

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