Members’ Event: Fringe Artist & Festival 101

Ever been to a Fringe Festival? Curious about what goes on behind the scenes? Or are you interested in becoming a fringe artist? Join Katie Hartman, producer of the 2022 (& 2023) Cincinnati Fringe Festival, as she shares insight into what it means to be a fringe artist!

Date: Monday, 11/28
Time: 7-8pm
Location: Zoom
Register for the event here

Part of LCT’s professional development series, this webinar is free to all LCT members.

Fringe Festivals feature arts programming of all sorts and have become a popular and recognizable entertainment entity across the globe. The first Fringe began in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and now the Fringe Festivals that exist are renowned as a way for independent artists to present work free from censorship or artistic restraint – and, in turn, for audiences to delight in original content not typically featured at their local theaters. Fringe is beloved for offering an immense variety of entertainment for all ages in a high-energy atmosphere.

– Katie Hartman

Most commonly asked questions:

  • Who can apply to a fringe festival?
  • How much does it cost to make a show?
  • To produce a show?
  • Do you make a profit?
  • How do you fund your art?
  • Are you an artist full-time?
  • How do you get the ideas for your show?

KATIE HARTMAN is a New York-based theatre maker and multi-instrumentalist whose work has been seen Off-Broadway and across the United States and Canada. She is co-artistic director of the Coldharts, a touring theatre company that creates ensemble-devised, new music theatre inspired by the American Gothic. Since 2012, the Coldharts have created and toured six original musicals spanning the genres of folk, pop, punk and rock, with over 300 performances on the neo-vaudevillian circuit. In addition to composing for the Coldharts’ work, Katie has created music for NYC theatre companies Animal Engine (Darlings, Rabbit, Henrietta Solway) and Bread Arts Collective (Candide.) Recent New York credits include Henrietta Solway, a new work inspired by the life and stories of Willa Cather (commissioned by the Willa Cather Foundation,) The Unrepentant Necrophile at HERE Arts Center, and Edgar Allan at Soho Playhouse. Katie received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and is a founding producer of the Twin Cities Horror Festival. She is the current producer of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

Applications for the 2023 Cincinnati Fringe Festival are now open:

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If you’d like to join LCT and participate in this and other exciting events as we are supporting individuals as well as organizational theatre makers and lovers go to  Those interested in leadership and reviewing our local professional, semi-professional and academic theatres are always welcome to contact us.

The purpose of the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) is to support and connect theatre makers, lovers, and advocates in order to create an accessible and flourishing theatre community in our region. This Voiceover acting in Cincinnati Workshop is just one of our new efforts to connect.