Theatre for Everyone?
The Fringe has a Vision to present a Festival and year-round programming that showcases work by emerging artists of all backgrounds, but we’re not there yet.
In our 33rd year, the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival saw some amazing work by artists from Vancouver and all over the world. We shared in personal stories that broke our hearts and hilarious and epic adventures. Fringe stages opened up to artists with stories to tell and patrons were able to experience theatre that made them think, laugh, cry, or want to know more. We’re here for artists to launch careers, to take risks, and to build community—but we need to do more.
Right now the theatre community is rallying around conversations about equity, diversity, and inclusion. As an un-juried, uncensored festival, the Fringe is uniquely able to offer space and support to emerging artists from diverse backgrounds. Your support for equity and inclusion will ripple throughout the theatre world.
During 2017 we partnered with ShapeShift Arts who have been speaking with community members and artists of all backgrounds to find out who we’re not seeing on Fringe stages and why.
We now have new insights on the work we need to do to increase equity and diversity at the Fringe! We’re excited to take on a leadership role in Vancouver and the Fringe community to build new relationships and respect.