Maryann Green, Executive Director

Maryann Green has been a theatre teacher at Rincon and University High Schools for 20 years. In addition to her day job and Fringe, she is a storyteller with FST Female Storytellers, a director at Live Theatre Workshop, including curating the Etcetera Late-Night series, and a sometimes actor. She holds a BFA in Theatre Education from the University of Arizona and an MA in Directing from Roosevelt University / Chicago College of Performing Arts. She has also studied Shakespeare at the Huntington Institute in Pasadena and at the Polonsky Shakespeare Institute / Theatre For A New Audience in New York, through a grant from the NEH. She’s seen U2 in concert 15 times but don’t hold that against her.


Cindy Blue, Board Member
Volunteer Coordinator

Cindy Blue is the founder and artistic director of the Tucson based vaudeville variety show, Cabaret Boheme. She has been active in the Tucson performance art community since her return to the Old Pubelo in 2006. As an actor, director, and choreographer she understands the vital role that performance art plays in our community and is dedicated to supporting artists in their efforts to create. She is honored to be a part of Fringe Festival and excited to bolster the opportunities to bring new artistic concepts to our wonderful city.


Julian Cardenas, Social Media Director

Julian has been a part of the Tucson Fringe Festival since 2017 and is currently serving as Social Media Director! He doesn’t take himself too seriously, but he would probably describe himself as an actor/writer/comedian/youtuber and overall entertainer. He is excited and eager to continue working with the Tucson Fringe Festival! Follow his online antics @JUELZTHEKING for more! 


Chloe Loos, Board Member
Venue Coordinator

Chloe Loos is a theatre artist, advocate, facilitator, and world traveler with a special affinity for the Southwest. She believes the vitality of theatre is in its unique ability to put humans together and create a space for confrontation, exploration, and understanding. She has been seen on the roster of many companies in town and, starting in the Fall, will be working on a master’s in public administration in order to explore the ways theatre can be politicized for community development. Check out her work at chloeloos.com.


James Pack, Treasurer/Board Member
Website Management

James Pack has written several collections of poetry and short fiction, is a contributing writer for themighty.com and the Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog. He manages his personal website as well as a local entertainment website for Tucson, AZ. He studied Theatre Arts at the University of Arizona and studied Entertainment Business at Full Sail University for his graduate degree. James is a board member and Treasurer for the Tucson Fringe Theatre Festival and works with many nonprofits and local artists in the performing arts community. He lives in Tucson, AZ. Visit his website to learn more about James. www.thejamespack.com, @jamespackwriter. 

James Pack wrote this bio in the third person and it makes him feel narcissistic and gross.


Robert Owens, Board Member
Community Outreach

Robert Owens has been with Tucson Fringe since June 2019.


Reilly Rodriguez, Executive Assistant

Reilly Rodriguez is a Tucson native and currently attending the University of Arizona double-majoring in Law and History. She’s a busy student by day and an inconsistent painter/doodler by night. She loves and appreciates art in all its forms, but the non-traditional performance kind has her heart. She has been a part of the Tucson Fringe Festival since 2017.


Tracy Lawrence Vancura, Board Member
Community Outreach

Before finding her way to the Tucson Fringe, Tracy served on the boards of the Dougherty Arts Center, Austin TX, and Island Theater, Bainbridge Island WA. Born into a broadcasting family, she earned a SAG-AFTRA card before she reached voting age and has continued a lifelong passion for non-commercial radio throughout a satisfying career in higher education both in the US and abroad. Most recently, she worked as Promotions Production coordinator for WORT- FM Madison WI, where she also hosted a weekly world music program and contributed public affairs features. Tracy’s work has also aired on public radio stations KSUT-FM, Four Corners; WERS-FM, Boston; and KDUR-FM Durango. Captivated by the mysterious southwest, she moved to Tucson in October of 2018.


Cynthia Wasco, Board Member
Program Design

Cynthia has been working in the nonprofit community since 2004, working mostly in the arts and human services sectors. In 2013, she moved to Tucson, Az from the east coast. Cynthia has over 10 years of experience working in fundraising and currently works at Habitat for Humanity Tucson as the Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager. For fun, she likes to keep up with her dance skills, do some yoga, and hang out with friends and family. Cynthia lives on the eastside of Tucson with her husband and three dogs.


Gretchen Wirges, President/Board Member
Artist Relations

Gretchen Wirges has been acting, directing and writing for Tucson stages for nearly ten years. As a playwright, her works have been featured in local festivals and theaters. Several of her plays are in the works to be produced as full productions for future seasons.  Gretchen’s roots are based in traditional theater. She has acted and directed for many of the theaters here and Tucson and is looking forward to a busy upcoming season filled with exciting acting and directing opportunities. Gretchen is also an accomplished improv teacher and performer. She spent 4 years on stage with Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed and now performs around the country with her long-form improv duo Ex-Boyfriend. Gretchen is excited to be part of the Tucson Fringe team. She has participated in past Fringe festivals as both volunteer and performer. Her greatest joy is helping to build an accepting, powerful space for new art to be created.


Robin Young, Secretary/Board Member
Marketing

Robin, a proud self-proclaimed theater nerd grew up in Tucson and is a graduate of Sunnyside High School. After spending 30 years in California, she returned to Tucson and decided to re-root herself in the creative community and by a series of seemingly disconnected encounters, she found the Tucson Fringe Festival. Robin joined the board of directors in January 2019 and is looking forward to helping the festival grow and bring the joy of live theater to a wider audience in Tucson and Southern Arizona.


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Creatista is a full-service film/video, multimedia and photography production company. Owners Anna and Scott Griessel are proud supporters of Tucson Fringe Festival. Learn more about Anna and Scott from their website www.creatista.com.


Abbe Gore, Photographer

Gore’s interest in photography was sparked by her father, a graphic artist and avid photographer himself. She received her first camera at the age of 6 and proceeded to document her family and friends and has never stopped photographing. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in art communications and a Master’s Degree in film from California Institute of the Arts. Learn more about Abbe and all her art projects at www.duh-fineart.com.