Fringe Festival

Why Pittsburgh's Theater Scene Is Ideal For A Fringe Festival

May 7, 2014
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In 1947, eight theater companies in Scotland were not invited to the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival.

Instead of going home, the companies set up on the outer edges of the festival, where they could take advantage of the large crowds and showcase their alternate brand of performance. Since then, these “fringe festivals” have expanded across the globe.

Dan Stiker had long dreamed of bringing a fringe festival to the Steel City, and this year that dream has become a reality as Pittsburgh stages its inaugural Fringe Festival.

Twenty-six theater shows might seem like a day on Broadway, but the first Pittsburgh Fringe Festival is putting on these shows for two weekends.

The Pittsburgh Fringe Festival is part of an international project that started in Edinburgh Scotland, which celebrates the performing arts by putting on shows, workshops and forums.

The deadline to apply to be part of the first annual Pittsburgh Fringe Festival is rapidly approaching.

Founder and Executive Director Dan Stiker said Fringe celebrates theatre that is bizarre, challenging, and obscure.

“It started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947 and has since become an international movement of theatre that’s … not seen on the main stages that you’d typically see theatre on,” said Stiker.