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Fringe Team

A Letter from Fringe Director Ray Nedzel

Oct 22, 2021

Greetings lovers of new and high school theater!

I recently returned from Edinburgh with our partners at the American High School Theatre Festival and International Collegiate Theatre Festival.  From the site of the world's largest performing arts festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

It was a wee but great trip to Scotland with 22 high school theater teachers. And hang out with a few of our Scottish partners. 

And the good news is that the AHSTF and ICTF are heading back to the Fringe in 2022!  So, Live Arts will be assembling a team of theater technicians and stage managers to build out venues and support the amazing student performers.  

Follow the volunteer newsletter for updates, details, and how to get involved. If you're interested in learning more about the program, email me at ray@livearts.org.

Cheers, Ray

About The Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. In 2018, the Festival welcomed 3,700+ theatrical productions featuring 25,000+ artists to perform 49,000+ performances in one of 350+ 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 and Canada (and even Dubai) plan, manage, and produce their productions in Edinburgh.

About the Team

As the “tech team,” our job is to prepare the theater spaces (build seating, build truss, hang lights, 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 2019 team welcomed 600 performers in 43 performing groups spread over 6 venues in just over 2 weeks. It’s an exhausting but extremely rewarding experience.

We support our team through training and development of technical skills, and for the time in Edinburgh, paid transportation, communal-style housing, and a small per diem.

The team is chosen early in the calendar year for the following August. However, it is never too soon to engage in Live Arts productions and our technical education offerings to obtain, sharpen, and demonstrate your abilities.

Meet the 2022 Fringe Team!

Sarah Cain

Ken Ferguson

Larry Goldstein

Heather Hutton (Lighting Designer/Master Electrician)

Opal Lechmanski

Kathleen Mueller

Ray Nedzel (Fringe Program Director)

Jennifer Peart

Josh Reid

Matthew Reynolds

Joseph Schefer

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