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Fringe Team

About The Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. In 2022, the Festival welcomed 3,200+ theatrical productions featuring 23,000+ artists to perform 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 who produces two festivals within the overall Fringe: The American High School Theatre Festival (ASHTF) and the International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF). We help schools with productions from across the US plan, manage, and produce their productions in Edinburgh.

close up of the truss building for central auditorium

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 2022 team welcomed over 500 student performers in 31 performing groups over three venues. We prepped, "teched," and managed 124 shows in just over two 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? 

We are accepting applications for our 2023 Fringe Tech Team through February 2, 2023.

Apply Here

Preference will be given to active volunteers with appropriate skills. Lighting designer, sound designers, board operators, and stage managers needed.  

Click here to learn about current Live Arts volunteer opportunities!

Fringe Team Preparation
To prepare, there is approximately 20 hours of prep work and training over a few months in the Spring.

Working in Scotland
The majority of our team will be on a three week commitment (including travel days and days off). There is a 2-week possibility, as well. 

Fringe Team Travel Dates

  • 3-week group: July 25 - August 15, 2023
  • 2-week group: July 29 - August 12, 2023

The Edinburgh Castle. Photo taken from Princes Street Gardens.

Interest Meetings

There will be a Fringe Team Interest meeting at Live Arts at 9am on Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 and an online Fringe Team Interest meeting at 8pm on Monday, Feb 6. If you have not been on the team before, you must attend one of these meetings. Details will be sent to all applicants.

Questions? Attend a Fringe Team Interest Meeting or email Fringe Team Director Ray Nedzel at fringe@livearts.org.

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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