Fringe announces all kinds of things

Seems like the Fringe just ended, but general manager George Wallace has all kinds of stuff, small and large, planned for future months — fundraisers, happy hours and so on. The Fringe lottery will be held in November, with artist applications available Sept. 1. And the Fringe is hot on the trail of a new executive producer. George tells you all about that and more, so keep reading:

Orlando Fringe to hire new festival producer

The Orlando Fringe is navigating the process of hiring the next Festival Producer with great care.  A community advisory panel has met and together with the Board of Directors have established the skills set required for the position.  A job description will be posted soon, we ask that you please hold your inquiries about the position until it is posted on the Orlando Fringe website.  Once the application period opens, each application will be reviewed by a search committee composed of members of the community and members of the Orlando Fringe board and staff.  There will be an interview process to follow in which we hope to find the next producer to grow the Festival.  This is an exciting time of transition for the Orlando Fringe, and we appreciate your patience in this process.

Jeff Ferree Plans a One-Man (and one little bike) Fundraiser!

He has done a puppet show in the closet!  He designed our Collectors 20th Hard Rock Pin.  What could he possibly do next?

He could ride a mini-bike for 10 miles on the Cady Way Bike Trail and donate 100% of donations to Orlando Fringe!

What: Jeff Ferree Rides His Mini-Bike from The entrance of the Cady Way Bike Trail (behind Fashion Square Mall in Orlando) all the way to the end (corner of Aloma/Red Bug in Oviedo).  The trail is actually 11 miles, but we are being nice and not making him cross the highway or go up a really big hill!

When: Saturday September 24 beginning at 8 AM

Want to donate? Send donations to: Orlando Fringe, 398 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, FL 32801, Attn: Bikeathon

or click here… DONATE TO JEFF’S BIKE-A-THON!

Olde Cup and Saucer to Host July Fringe Happy Hour!

Join us Friday, July 15 for our monthly FRINGE HAPPY HOUR!  This month the event will be hosted by the Olde Cup & Saucer in Altamonte Springs.  Come see old Fringe friends and meet new ones while enjoying a nice cup of tea!

What: Fringe Monthly Happy Hour
When: July 15, 4:30-6:30 PM
Where: The Olde Cup & Saucer, 931 North SR 434, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Fringe specials!  For a full menu or more information on The Old Cup & Saucer, click

Nicole Ledbetter Joins Fringe Staff

General Manager George Wallace is excited to have hired a new Executive Assistant (he really hates filing and checking his own voicemail).

Nicole is no stranger to Fringe … here’s her bio:

Nicole began her Fringe experience thanks to her mother (and father) almost 15 years ago when mom wanted to go see independent theater and couldn’t convince her husband to take her. Since then, she’s seen a lot of shows and looks for any excuse to be involved in the art community.  After volunteering in 2009 because she wanted to see more theatre than she could afford, she decided Fringe needed to be an integral part of her life and began to take vacation during Fringe so it could be. After winning the Mary Lou Rucker Volunteer Excellence Award at Fringe 20, she jumped on the chance to make Fringe a part of her every day life.

Nicole graduated from Agnes Scott College with a degree in Psychology and Spanish so she can listen to your problems in more than one language. She likes sunshine, coffee, family, friends, and art, though would never describe herself as an artist — rather the best patron you could ever know.

She is thrilled to be a part of Fringe for more than just the Festival and looks forward to the day her friends just come and see shows if for no other reason than she stop harassing them.

You may contact Nicole at

Welcome Heather Wilkie and Alyson Innes to Orlando Fringe Board of Directors

Alyson Innes has always enjoyed and has been a supporter and patron of local theater, music, and the arts. Over the last several years, Alyson has participated in Fringe as a patron and a performer. Her son and his friends look forward to participating in Kid’s Fringe each year. This is her first year serving on the Board and is ecstatic to be part of the Fringe planning. When not hanging around a theatre, Alyson practices her skills in a courtroom as a commercial litigation attorney and mediator for Cole, Scott & Kissane.

Heather Wilkie is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Orlando Fringe Board of Directors. The theatre community is a familiar place for Heather, who grew up performing in local theatre in the small town of Meadowview, Virginia. Heather received a scholarship to pursue Musical Theatre at Mars Hill College, where she spent the first year of her college career. Heather later made the decision to work toward another dream and changed paths to study Psychology and Sociology at the University of North Carolina-at Asheville.  She later moved to Orlando, Florida and earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College.

Heather was instantly drawn to the Orlando Fringe because of the incredibly talented artists and the excitement that the festival brings to the Central Florida community. She discovered the Fringe Festival six years ago and has worked as a volunteer in numerous capacities over the past few years.

Spending the past seven years working for a non-profit agency, she realizes the positive impact an organization such as the Fringe Festival can have on the community.

Fringe 21 Dates Are Set!

General Manager George Wallace announced the dates for the 21st Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.  Once again held in Orlando’s Cultural Corridor, Loch Haven Park the dates are May 16-28, 2012.  George reminds everyone that Orlando Fringe always closes on Memorial Day and is held the 12 days before.

George also announced that this year’s Lottery held in November has an exciting new element.  It will be held at a sponsor location and will include drinks and a very special guest drawing the lottery results.  Applications for Fringe 21 will be available on September 1 and will be accepted through November 1, 2011.

Lastly, George announced a new fall fundraiser to happen in September.  “We decided last year that it was going to be the last All Hallows event but I am excited about the upcoming fall fundraiser,” George said. “It will be held in late September and I am working out the details now for an exciting evening.”

Orlando Fringe to Participate in Red Chair Affair

Orlando Fringe is pleased to once again participate in the 7th Annual Red Chair Affair.  This years chair was designed and created by General Manager George Wallace and Visual Fringe artist Keri Sardone.  Orlando Fringe favorite Tod Kimbro will represent Fringe and perform backstage for all the wonderful artists.  The event will once again take place at The Bob Carr on Saturday August 27.  The winning bidder for the Orlando Fringe Red Chair will receive a Fringe 21 Super Pass!

The 7th Annual Red Chair Affair kicks-off Central Florida’s arts and cultural season.Don’t miss an exceptional evening with dynamic performing groups and local visual artists. It’s your ticket to sample this season’s cultural offerings throughout Central Florida.

Performances and entertainment will be provided at the Red Chair Affair by the following organizations:

Pre-show (starts at 7pm):
Art and History Museums, Maitland

  • Crealdé School of Art
  • Flamenco de Sol
  • Performing Arts of Maitland
  • Orlando Science Center

Mainstage (starts at 8pm):

  • Emotions Dance
  • Florida Opera Theatre
  • Orlando Aerial Arts
  • Orlando Ballet
  • Orlando Gay Chorus
  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Orlando Repertory Theatre
  • Orlando School of Cultural Dance
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater
  • Sak Comedy Lab
  • Voci Dance
  • Winter Garden Theatre
  • Winter Park Playhouse
  • Yow Dance

Performers are subject to change.

The Red Chair Project is a community service, managed by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida, designed to increase participation in Central Florida’s arts and culture. As a collaborative campaign involving more than 360 arts and cultural organizations, it promotes and grows the arts in the region through, a website with arts and cultural events, discounted tickets, classes/workshops, and cultural getaways.

The 7th Annual Red Chair Affair is sponsored by United Arts of Central Florida and Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs. for tickets or more information!

2012 Sponsorships Now Available

Opportunities are available for individuals and businesses to sponsor Fringe 21!  Sponsorships range from $1,000 to $25,000 and can be tailored to meet your marketing needs.  For more information or to receive a 2012 Sponsor Package please e-mail General Manager George Wallace at:

Donate Now to Fringe 21

Year after year, Orlando Fringe is filled with some of the world’s greatest performances.  We simply could not be where we are today without the impressive support of people like you.  Personally, I wanted to send you my deepest thanks for choosing to be part of Orlando Fringe’s unique mission where we bring you 100% unjuried, uncensored and accessible art and give 100% back to the artists.  This year, we returned more than $194,000 back to the visual and performing artists at Fringe 20!

Won’t you consider becoming a “Friend of the Fringe”?  As a true Fringe enthusiast, you may make your tax-deductible donation online or send a check to Orlando Fringe, 398 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, FL 32801.

Thank you again for playing a vital role in keeping arts alive in Central Florida.  I look forward to seeing you often over the next year at all our exciting Orlando Fringe events.


George A Wallace,
General Manager

P.S.  Remember, by sending in a donation, your name will appear in our 2012 Official Fringe Program!

Donate to Orlando Fringe NOW!

Staff highlight — George Wallace

George began volunteering for Orlando Fringe in 2003 and in 2007 won the Mary Lou Rucker Volunteer Excellence Award and returned in 2008 as Volunteer Coordinator. In 2009, George spearheaded the Friends of Fringe Program and was nominated for the United Arts A+ Award for his community volunteer efforts. In 2010, George accepted the position of Director of Operations and is now General Manager and is in charge of daily operations of Orlando Fringe.  He is excited about Fringe 21 and looks forward to the challenges and excitement of bringing the most unique cultural event in Florida to life!

George grew up in New Hampshire and attended the University of New Hampshire where he received an undergraduate degrees in Behavioral Science before moving to Orlando in 2002. In 2008, George received his Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Troy University.

In his free time, George enjoys traveling, catching a good Red Sox game and attending various theatre events around Central Florida. George lives in beautiful downtown Apopka with his 2 four-legged children, Frisco and Daisy.

Sponsor highlight — Florida Theatrical Association

Orlando Fringe is very proud to announce the return of our longest running sponsor, Florida Theatrical Association, who will once again underwrite the cost of our Volunteer T-Shirts.

Florida Theatrical Association — the non-profit presenter of Broadway in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami — was founded with the charge of educating and developing new theater audiences and encouraging and preserving the presentation of touring Broadway Theater.

For the full season check out FTA by visiting:

Board of directors highlight — Lisa Curtis

Lisa was born in a “Little House on the Prairie” — well, it was a small resort town in Iowa, anyway. Her hometown, Clear Lake, Iowa, has two distinctions: it’s where Buddy Holly played his last gig (and later made an unscheduled landing in a farmer’s field) and it is just next door to Mason City, the home of Meredith Wilson of Music Man fame.

Lisa attended the University of Iowa, graduating with a BA in Elementary Education and Spanish, with a minor in Linguistics. She taught English in Bogota, Columbia, before moving back to the U.S. to concentrate on teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). She has been an English instructor with Orange County Public Schools for over 20 years and recently received her Masters Degree in TESOL from the University of Central Florida.

When not teaching (or preparing or grading), Lisa is busy with her neighborhood association and volunteering for various arts/theater groups around town. Lisa spends her spare time with her husband James traveling to all points south. Lisa and James have three boys: Ux, Pyewacket, and Peri; all three have four paws, whiskers, and like to present tiny hairballs as presents to their mom.

Lisa is honored to serve on the Orlando Fringe board. After volunteering for the last ten years and attending the Fringe for many years before that, she looks forward helping the Fringe continue to be the oldest and best Fringe in the country.

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