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Fringe is coming...
Be Heard!

Join us in celebrating performance in all of its weird, shattering, invigorating, and thought-provoking forms.

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We're Back & Artist Applications are open!

Thank You for making Sarasota's first fringe a success!

Squeaky Wheel Fringe By The Numbers

  • 4 Days

  • 8 Technicians

  • 9 Acts

  • 20+ Performances

  • 35 Artists

  • 22 Volunteers

  • 450+ Attendees

  • Over $5200 in ticket sales paid directly to the artists

Not Bad For Year One!

What is Fringe?

Fringe is weird & wonderful & passionate & fun. It can be deep & effervescent. Fringe is unapologetic. It's a place to be moved & to celebrate creativity. 

According to the United States Association of Fringe Festivals Fringe is:

  • Focused on the performing arts: At its core, Fringe gives a spotlight to theater, dance, puppetry, music, visual arts, and spoken word. Fringes don't have a focus on one single discipline or genre, but are a performing-arts smörgåsbord.

  • Uncensored: From family friendly to bawdy and burlesque, Fringes do not curate or constrain the material or content used in participating shows.

  • Easy to participate in: Ticket prices are purposely low for audiences and production fees are low for artists. We strive to make the arts available to everyone. Show selection varies from festival to festival, but is generally quite open to participation by the gamut of amateurs to professionals

  • Original: Fringes feature a wide array of original material—sometimes by design, but usually because that’s what Fringes do naturally well.

  • Rapid-fire: Typically, tech is minimal and time is a factor at our festivals. Shows are often kept brief (Fringes most frequently have shows right around 60 minutes in length) and technical requirements kept simple (minor sets, streamlined cues, nothing elaborate)

So Why is Fringe Important?

Sounds kind of weird, huh? You're not wrong, but many times there is pure creative magic to be found. HBO's hit series Fleabag started as a fringe play. Broadway's new hit musical Six also got it's start at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Not to mention the number of notable actors who got their start on the Fringe scene: Alan Rickman, Robin Williams, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and so many others.

It is an opportunity for artists to grow, learn, and shape works that matter to them.


The foremost goal of fringes around the world is artist support. How is Squeaky Wheel doing that?

  • We are offering a platform for performing artists of all genres and skill levels.

  • Artists get 100% of the base ticket price for their show so they can continue to do what they do best...Create!

  • We will never attempt to censor the content of a show submitted to us.

  • We keep production fees low in order to keep accessibility high and offer the ability to experiment with less risk.

How does Squeaky Wheel Fringe Work?

How can Squeaky Wheel afford to give up that much ticket revenue?

  • The sale of official Squeaky Wheel Fringe buttons. In order to use a ticket for a fringe show you must also be wearing your Squeaky Wheel Fringe Button. Your button will give you access to shows throughout the four day festival.

  • Community Support: Join the "Fringe Fam"- A donation of $25 not only supports the Squeaky Wheel Fringe it gets you early access to tickets, exclusive meet-and-greets with fringe artists, and other goodies soon to be announced.

  • Sponsorships: We love forming partnerships with local businesses that want to help us support artists and push the boundaries of what art can be.

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