Fringe New Play Prize

Fringe shows are the poster children for self-produced theatre—Fringe shows allow an artist or a company to develop their aesthetic and find their audience. Through the Fringe New Play Prize, Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) and the Vancouver Fringe offer BC artists a leg up in the process with material support—eight months dramaturgy, some free creation and rehearsal space, a free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, Block P, and a free space in the Fringe’s Mainstage category. All told, the Fringe New Play Prize is a juicy package with a $8,000 value. The production costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

The Fringe New Play Prize launched in 2013 with winner Ingrid Handsen of SNAFU Dance for the show Kitt & Jane and has been going strong with a new artist every year.

PTC and the Vancouver Fringe Festival are pleased to announce that Lili Robinson is the winner of the 2019 Fringe New Play Prize for Mx.

The Prize includes a free Mainstage spot at the 2019 Vancouver Fringe, the design and execution of a development process for the play with PTC’s Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, and a free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, Block P.

What of culture and ancestry lives within us, and how much is influenced by our upbringing? If a part of your identity has never been nurtured, do attempts to rekindle it amount to appropriation? Does blood equal belonging? These questions form the world of Mx, a boundary-pushing, bouffon-inspired work exploring what it means to be mixed-race and Black in the world today. As our clown protagonist ricochets through representations of Blackness from historical to present-day, notions of racial identity are cracked open in a mashup of disciplines, examining colonial narratives through the lens of a character stuck in the in-between.


Lili Robinson was awarded the Fringe New Play Prize for her play, Mx.

Lili Robinson was awarded the Fringe New Play Prize for her play, Mx.

Lili Robinson– Performer/Creator: Lili Robinson is a multidisciplinary theatre artist and a graduate of the acting program at Studio 58. Her intersectionality as a queer, biracial Black woman is mirrored by her approach to devising work, which explores the creative space where poetry, music, and physical theatre collide. As an actor she has worked with companies including Boca del Lupo, Theatre Replacement, and The Troika Collective. Her first play, Chimera, co-written with close friend and collaborator Heather Barr, debuted as part of FourPlay at Studio 58 in 2018. In 2019 she will be developing a new play with the mentorship of Carmen Aguirre through the Emerging Playwright Mentorship at Rumble Theatre, as well as stepping into the position of Artistic Producing Intern at Theatre Replacement. She is the assistant director to Mike Stack at Theatre Temp, where they are developing two new collective creation pieces with students from Templeton Secondary in East Van.