Applications for 2019 are open now! Learn more about the Tucson Fringe Theater Festival and how to apply to perform in our next festival on January 11, 12, and 13, 2019!

Frequently asked questions about the festival and information on how to apply.

Why Fringe?

The TFTF is UNJURIED.  Applications to perform in the Tucson Fringe Festival are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. If we receive more applications than we have performance spots, artists are chosen at random by means of lottery, some voo-doo magic and a sorting hat.

TFTF is UNCENSORED – while we like family friendly performances, we also encourage you to think “outside the box” and use our Fringe Festival as a chance to test out the waters of your new works, those artistic bugs laying eggs under you skin… gross!  Nevertheless, we are unrestricted, unjuried, and uncensored.

What do I get?

– 100% of the profit on ticket sales at each of your performances

– Box office staff, a house manager/venue liaison, and basic sound and lighting setup.

– Marketing for your show in the context of general Festival press and promotion

– Listing in the Fringe printed program

– While we can’t guarantee housing, we are working with local venues and Friends-of-Fringe to secure housing for our out-of-town artists.

Why TUCSON Fringe?

Tucson is seated in the heart of the beautiful Sonoran Desert.  In January, temperatures range from lows in the 50s to highs in the high 70s.  We have a large student population at the University of Arizona (home of Arizona Repertory Theatre) and a lot of ”snowbirds”–retirees from colder climates that spend their winters in our sunny weather.  Outdoor oases such as Saguaro National Park and Sabino Canyon offer gorgeous day trips on  your days off.  Visit Old Tucson Movie Studios or Club Congress, where John Dillinger was captured.

Application deadline: September 1

Application processing fee: $15 (non-refundable)

Apply now or read on for more details

Submission options + Participation Fees

We are pleased to offer three different submission options: the Triple Threat, the Double Header, and the One-and-Done. If you’re concerned that cost might prevent you from participating, please contact us directly to get information about alternative arrangements.  

“Triple Threat” — 3-show participation:

Triple Threats of Tucson Fringe will receive a slot each day of the festival with at least one evening performance. By performing for three days, Triple Threats will serve as the cornerstone of the festival, drawing different crowds each time. ($285 participation fee.)

“Double Header” — 2-show participation:

Does 2 shows seem like a better fit? We’ll try to get you in on either Friday or Saturday night, plus an earlier spot in the day as well. Give your audience more than one chance to see you perform with a Double Header. ($225 participation fee.)

“One-and-Done” — 1-show participation:

Performers with something smaller in mind can opt for the One-and-Done. These “one-ders”(see what we did there?) won’t have to commit to a two -or three-day run. Each One-and-Done performance will take place once throughout the day Friday, Saturday, or Sunday as part of the all-important lead-up to the days’ primetime performances. Pack the house in a one-shot event and maximize your profits. ($150 participation fee.)

Upon selection for participation in Tucson Fringe, 50% of participation fee is due by September 15. Remaining balance due December 1.

100% of profit from ticket sales goes directly back to you, the artist.


We are still solidifying the venues for the festival. Ground plans and pictures of each space will be available August 1.


Tucson Fringe Theater Festival encourages submissions of all kinds. We are unjuried, uncensored, and offer unrestrained artistic freedom. Any type of performance art piece will be considered. Performances are limited to 1 hour, with 15 minutes to set up and strike. We prefer original pieces, but if you are using a public work or adaptation (this includes copyrighted music) which requires underlying rights, you will need to obtain them and submit documentation to us before November 1.

Artist Requirements:

You are responsible for producing your pieces – Tucson Fringe Theater Festival provides the venues, but all cast, crew, and any other production staff you need is up to you to secure. (Except a sound and light cue person, as outlined above). You are also required to set up and strike your own show before/after each performance. On-site storage for sets, props and costumes will not be provided.  


Tucson Fringe Theater Festival will only provide basic lighting and sound equipment. We do not provide lighting directors. If your performance has special requirements, please include this information with your application, and please understand that we may not be able to accommodate special requests.


Each festival attendee must have a festival button ($3; proceeds go to support the Festival). Tickets to single shows are $10, with a discount for 2 shows @ $15.  There will also be a Festival Pass available, exact cost TBD depending on final number of performances. As an artist, you will get 100% of all ticket sales for your performance, including a percentage of sales for Festival Passes.


If you need a place to stay during the Festival, we will try to help you find one. We currently do not have guaranteed availability for billeting, but we will do our best to help make it affordable for you to come perform with us. Message us at if you think you’ll need help with lodging.

To apply, please complete the following application form:

Tucson Fringe Application 2019

Please also email us at with any supporting materials (for example: photos, videos, scripts, reviews) as attachments.

You can pay your $15 application fee here