Code of Conduct: Community Feedback

by Amanda Logan

February 10, 2021

Ottawa Fringe Community,

Since 2019, a select-team of Ottawa Fringe staff have been working in collaboration with Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) and Project SoundCheck™ to take actionable steps toward creating a safer environment at our festivals and events.

We began by creating a Response Team, made up of staff members Amanda Logan, Brit Johnston, and Patrick Gauthier. Their job was to develop the new policy on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response. This comprehensive document articulates processes and procedures for prevention on- and off-site, reporting and handling disclosures, confidentiality, and our commitment to survivors. This document is currently in development and will be put into action publicly before the June 2021 Fringe Festival.

Part of this work is creating a community Code of Conduct that will be applied to all staff, artists, volunteers, and patrons. It is a unique manifesto that outlines our expectations for the people who wish to participate in any/all of our activities.

We want to be transparent and accountable to the Ottawa theatre community. This means giving you a chance to review and give feedback so that we can make our Code of Conduct as clear as possible.

We invite you to take a read, and let us know via our anonymous survey your thoughts, feelings, and feedback. The survey closes February 28, 2021.

Your responses will only be read and reviewed by the Response Team.
If you would like to talk to someone directly we have included their emails below. Your conversation will remain confidential. 

Thank you for taking the time to contribute,
The Ottawa Fringe Response Team

Amanda Logan: [email protected]

Brit Johnston: [email protected]

Patrick Gauthier: [email protected]


Code of Conduct

Ottawa Fringe is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination, violence and harassment, where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, can contribute fully and have equal opportunities.

Employees, Volunteers, Artists and Patrons can expect to be treated with respect, and themselves are expected to treat others with respect in the workplace and at all Ottawa Fringe activities.

Sexual harassment and/or violence will not be tolerated, condoned or ignored by the Ottawa Fringe Organization. All complaints under this policy will be dealt with in a timely, confidential and effective manner.

We will not stand by individuals that have been proven unsafe. This includes filing reports with appropriate authorities, termination of employment or, in the case of a participant or patron, banning them from events presented by Ottawa Fringe. All reasonable steps will be taken by Ottawa Fringe employees to protect the victim/survivor  from retaliation for reporting harassment, violence or discrimination, or for cooperating with an internal investigation, reporting to police or any other justice or accountability process.

As a community we have a responsibility to stand together to protect one another and hold each other accountable. We value consent and encourage all our employees, volunteers, artists and patrons to work together to ensure Ottawa Fringe is a safer space for everyone at our events.

This Code of Conduct applies to all current employees of the Ottawa Fringe including all full and part-time, casual, contract, permanent and temporary employees. It also applies to all persons who attend Ottawa Fringe activities or spaces (including without limitation, offices, theatres, tents, outdoor spaces). Without limitation, this policy will therefore apply to patrons, volunteers, artists and other third-party participants, independent contractors and members of the Board of Directors.


ANONYMOUS FEEDBACK SURVEY

Deadline for Nominations: Ongoing until December 11, 2020

Positions Available: Member at Large

 

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is seeking nominations to our volunteer board of directors. We are
looking for a diverse set of board members, to provide different ideas and perspectives as our
mandate and operations continue to grow.

As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is
responsible for:

 Determining the mission and purposes of the organization
 Strategic and organizational planning
 Ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
 Fundraising and resource development
 Selecting and evaluating the performance of the Managing Director
 Assessing its own performance as the governing body of the Ottawa Fringe Festival

Responsibilities of a board member

 Know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
 Read and understand the organization’s financial statements
 Leverage connections, networks, and resources to achieve the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s
mission
 Prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings
 Participate fully in one or more committees

Ideal candidate

In their application, candidates are invited to comment on their experience in arts and culture, nonprofit
governance, diversity and inclusion, communications, human resources, financial oversight, law, or
fundraising.
As a member of the board of the Ottawa Fringe Festival, you will gain leadership and networking
experience with a nonprofit board. In particular, there are opportunities to gain experience in finance,
human resources, fundraising, communications, and strategic planning.
About the Ottawa Fringe Festival
The Ottawa Fringe Festival provides all performing artists, both emerging and established, with the
opportunity to produce their work – regardless of content, form, or style – within an environment that is
as affordable and accessible as possible to the members of the community. The Ottawa Fringe Festival’s
mission is to empower audiences and to encourage artists to take risks, pursue their visions, and develop
their skills.

The organization produces two festivals: the Ottawa Fringe Festival and the undercurrents festival. Since
2013, Ottawa Fringe has also been managing Arts Court Theatre and other studio and rehearsal spaces in
the historic building.

Process

Nominated candidates will be presented at our Annual General Meeting in January 2021. Board members
are elected for two-year terms. Meetings are usually in the evenings at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave), or
electronically over Zoom, and are conducted in English.

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is committed to ensuring that the composition of its board reflects, as much as
possible, the diversity of the community that we serve. We have set a goal to increase the diversity of our
board and the representation of people with disabilities.

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is also committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for our festival’s
audiences, volunteers, artists, and staff. Read our full anti-harassment policy.

If you are interested, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Call for Artists – #OTTFRINGE POP UP PATIO

by Amanda Logan

August 10, 2020

The POP UP PATIO series is a weekly performance showcase of local artists, taking place at Arts Court’s outdoor courtyard (67 Nicholas Street).  

We are currently seeking submissions from Ottawa-based artists for short works (about 7 minutes). This multidisciplinary performance series is organized in the Fringe spirit, artists have the freedom to choose whatever content and genre they wish, it can be anything from storytelling, to music, dance, spoken word, clown, etc. 

The #OTTFRINGE POP UP PATIO will be held every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM, and will be live-streamed to the Ottawa Fringe Twitch Page (as well as to ottawafringe.com/pop-up-patio-🥳). 

We are offering a performance fee for artists. 

APPLY TO PERFORM 

The application is short and asks for the following:

  • Number of performers in your act
  • Contact tracing information
  • Two headshot/photo options
  • A short bio that would fit into a tweet (140-280 words)
  • Genre and/or title of show
  • Tech requirements

*Please be aware that we are following physical distancing and safety measures. While on-site you will be asked to wear a mask and sanitize your hands. You may remove your face covering only when performing. Our staff will be responsible for cleaning equipment in between acts. 

Following City of Ottawa guidelines, we are allowing a small invite-only audience of 15 people max. Participating artists are welcome to invite up to 3 friends and we ask that you send us each of their email addresses for contact tracing purposes. 

Ready to apply? CLICK HERE.

 

Black Lives Matter

by Ottawa Fringe

June 16, 2020

Dear Fringe family and friends,

We have been deeply unsettled by the violence we have witnessed towards Black people at the hands of police, including in our own city. We have been heartbroken alongside millions of people who have witnessed – firsthand and through the news – continued acts of hate and blatant racial injustice. 

We have been doing our best to listen and learn from Black voices, activists, and communities who continue to face and organize against these realities every day. Members of our Fringe community have generously reached out to us to share their encouragement and hold us accountable. We are grateful for these weeks of learning, during which we have felt anger, grief, and also the hope that a better world is not only possible but arriving.  

We would first like to acknowledge that we are a predominantly white organization, and that we continue to benefit from this in many ways.

Our staff and Board have been largely white since our first festival in 1997, and we continue to have access to multiple funding opportunities, partnerships, and collaborations because of this. This is changing slowly, but it is not enough.

We also owe a great debt to Black culture, Black artists, and Black creativity. From our hip-hop-influenced dance parties to our ignorance of the history of Black theatre in Ottawa, our organization has benefited from the efforts and energies of erased voices and co-opted aesthetics. We should have done better.

Our role in the lives of our Fringe community and our unique, long-standing position within Ottawa comes with a great responsibility to interrupt our privilege and ensure a safe and respectful environment for Black artists, patrons, volunteers, and collaborators. This is a responsibility we take very seriously.

We want to be clear about what that means. So here is where we stand:

We condemn police brutality and recognize the widespread systemic racism perpetuated against Black, Indigenous, and people of colour. 

We support the Black Lives Matter movement. We look to Black anti-racism activists and leaders to better understand our world as we move towards a more just society.

We are indebted to the Black artists that have come before us. Their brilliance, creativity, and foundational contribution to our theatre and arts community have been unjustly ignored, and our Black artistic colleagues continue to be erased in our theatres.

We are committed to holding ourselves to account. We are evaluating our festival processes, policies, and actions that have directly and indirectly perpetuated anti-Black racism, and we are challenging the ways in which we continue to be complicit.

Many of you know that we have worked to foster an inclusive environment through our Open Doors program and the work of our Diversity and Accessibility Committees. We are proud of these initiatives as first steps, but we commit to doing more to serve our Black, Indigenous, or POC artistic friends and colleagues.

As we reflect on this reality, we are asking ourselves difficult questions about the barriers facing BIPOC artists and our role in perpetuating them in our own organization. We are examining critically the impacts of our outreach approaches, application processes, programming and marketing themes, and use of language.

We are also considering the impacts of the inherent biases in our procedures for addressing safety in our festival and theatre spaces, the lottery system we utilize, our hiring practices, and Board member representation.

And we will join the Vancouver and Toronto Fringe Festivals in participating in an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion audit as a way to be accountable for the anti-Black racism we have not yet acknowledged in ourselves. These findings will inform future Fringe decisions and become a regular occurrence for our festival.

These actions are only the beginning of our path forward. In order to know exactly where to go, we are committed to the ongoing process of accountability, learning, and relationship building – and working that process into everything that we do to determine the most meaningful actions we can take as our organization shifts and grows. We will continue to check ourselves, and encourage you to hold us accountable.

We are dedicated to the process of learning, listening, making mistakes, learning and listening again, and doing better. As artists and creators, we spend a lot of our time imagining and re-imagining changed worlds, new worlds, and inside-out worlds. Collectively, we have the skills to do amazing and important things – now is the time to do this work. 

We also invite people to follow the #inthedressingroom conversation online to learn about the experiences of BIPOC artists and creators. And if you feel comfortable, we encourage you to share your own experiences. 

There is more work to be done. We hope you will join us.

With gratitude,
The Ottawa Fringe 

 

This conversation is focused on Black Lives and artists. We hope we have not conflated the experiences of our Black, Indigenous, and POC friends and colleagues, and we want to acknowledge the complexity of these conversations on unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe. As we evaluate our anti-Black racism, we see how our actions have impacted other communities and contributed to exclusion.

 

#SayTheirNames 

Abdirahman Abdi 

D’Andre Campbell 

George Floyd 

Breonna Taylor 

Regis Korchinski-Paquet, shared traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

Chantel Moore, traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq 

Eishia Hudson, traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation 

Randy Cochrane, traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation 

Machuar Madut 

Eric Garner 

Trayvon Martin 

Freddie Grey 

Sandra Bland 

Philando Castile 

And so many others. 

Resources and Learning

Below is a short list of some of the resources that we have found helpful to learn from these past few weeks. 

Petition: We See You, White American Theatre 

Video: White Creatives, Do I Have Your Attention?

Article: 31 Black Canadian Playwrights You Need to Know

Book: The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole  

Series: Maclean’s ‘Letters to America’ series 

Book: Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present by Robyn Maynard 

Article: The Black Women Who Paved the Way for this Moment by Keisha N. Blain 

Article: To Breathe Together: Co-Conspirators for Decolonial Futures by Sefanit Habtom and Megan Scribe

Donations 

If you would like to make a donation, please follow the links below. 

Black Lives Matter – Toronto 

Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue 

Black Youth Helpline 

Pathways to Education – Ottawa

Black Action Legal Centre 

Ottawa Fringe Playwrights in Quarantine Unit

by Amanda Logan

April 6, 2020

Ottawa Fringe is looking for Ottawa-based playwrights to participate in an eight-week Playwright’s Unit, beginning in May 2020. Participants will develop their scripts-in-progress in a supportive environment, led by Festival Director Patrick Gauthier and Associate Festival Director Brit Johnston.   

Meetings will be held weekly, via Zoom. We will accept applications from individuals and writing teams. A maximum of six projects will be selected for participation.

Participation in the unit is free, but you are expected to attend all group meetings, held 7:00-9:00 pm, on the following dates:

May 6th: Meeting #1
May 13th: Meeting #2
May 20th: Meeting #3
May 27th: Meeting #4
June 3rd: Meeting #5
June 10th: Meeting #6
June 17th: Meeting #7
June 24th: Meeting #8

How to apply

We’re trying to keep the process as simple as possible. Anyone interested in participating will be asked for the following:

  • Contact info
  • Info about your proposed project: title, development history
  • Statement of intent: what is your artistic process? what are your goals for the work? what are your expectations for the unit?  (500 words, max)
  • Writing sample: this can be the project you intend to develop as part of the Unit, or past work; we will also accept non-theatre writing (10-15 pages, max)

Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 20 at 11:59 pm.

Questions?

Send them to Brit Johnston: [email protected]

Ready to submit?

Click here.

2020 Ottawa Fringe Festival

by Amanda Logan

April 3, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Ottawa Fringe Festival due to the ongoing uncertainty created by COVID-19. 

The health and community impacts of the virus continue to evolve rapidly. In these circumstances, we are unable to provide a safe festival for our artists, staff, patrons, and volunteers. With no certainty as to when social distancing practices, physical isolation measures, and restrictions on public gatherings will be lifted, artists are unable to rehearse; our performance venues are closed indefinitely; and staff cannot adequately plan for a festival when the situation changes daily. Simply put, we can no longer produce the Ottawa Fringe Festival we know and love. 

The Ottawa Fringe Board and staff have not made this decision lightly, or without acknowledging the impact it will have on Ottawa’s artistic community – financially, emotionally, and creatively. All artists scheduled to appear in this year’s festival will have their fees refunded and participation deferred to 2021. Core staff will continue to work and be available as a (virtual) resource to artists in need of assistance. 

Ottawa Fringe is committed to Ottawa’s artists. Please reach out to our festival staff with any questions or concerns you may have at this time. While we are unable to produce a festival in 2020, we will use the downtime as well as the financial and human resources freed up by the cancellation to support local theatre creators. We’ll have more details on these initiatives in the coming weeks.

Despite COVID-19, our artists will continue to create and our community will continue to thrive. We are looking forward to the 11th undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream festival, scheduled for February 10-20, 2021. And of course, the Ottawa Fringe will return June 17-27, 2021.

You can be sure that as soon as we’re allowed to open our doors again, we will. We love the festival, its artists, patrons, and volunteers. Despite the days getting longer, June will certainly be a little darker without the Fringe. 

Thank you for your support and understanding. Please stay safe. We hope to see you again soon. 

Ottawa Fringe Board and Staff

Fringe Bootcamp 2020!

by Amanda Logan

March 10, 2020

 

This spring, Ottawa Fringe is hosting Fringe Bootcamp!  – a weekly series of workshops designed to inspire creativity, and get you ready to rehearse. Take all three, or just what interests you.

Don’t have a show in the Fringe Festival this year? No problem! These workshops are open to all, and are designed to be applied to any production you may be working on. 

Bootcamp! 2020 will focus on dramaturgy for new plays, director’s preparation, and lighting design. Details about each session and workshop leaders can be found below.

All workshops will run 10:00am – 4:00pm in Arts Court Library. Each session is $25; or take all three for $60.

Questions? Send them to [email protected]

SIGN UP

 

Dramaturgy for Dummies

with Emily Pearlman
April 18, 2020

Someone you know has written a play – but it is not quite done. They want your help – but don’t quite know what sort of help. In this workshop participants will explore new play development through dramaturgy: techniques for seeing and pointing at a playwright’s patterns and preoccupations, developing a process specific to the project, and building a playwright/dramaturg relationship where mutual trust fosters creative risk.  

Emily Pearlman develops new work as a writer/performer and director/dramaturg. In the past 15 years she has been involved in the creation of 26 new plays in Ottawa, receiving five Prix Rideau Awards and nominated for 13 as a writer, performer and director. Passionate about teaching and mentorship, Emily is also an Artistic Associate with Theatre 4.669, professor at the University of Ottawa, and board member for Youth Infringement.

Director’s Preparation  

with Patrick Gauthier
April 25, 2020

Festival Director Patrick Gauthier will help you get ready to direct your Fringe (or any) show, discussing the importance of preparation and collaboration in this directing intensive. Learn how you can be best prepared for rehearsals, and discover tips, tricks, and techniques for working with actors and designers in the rehearsal hall and the theatre!

Patrick Gauthier is a multiple award-winning playwright and director. He is Festival Director of the Ottawa Fringe, where he curates the undercurrents festival and produces the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Department of Theatre and holds an MFA in Directing for the Theatre from the University of British Columbia.

Show Control: using technology to get a bigger bang for your buck

with AL Connors
May 2, 2020

This workshop focuses on integrating different design elements in a way that creates the most impact AND keeps things easy for stage management to control. We’ll look at specific designs from shows presented in Ottawa that include sound, lighting & projection, and examine the technical side of how they work. And then, we’ll build a sequence that involves sound, lighting and projection together!

AL Connors is a multi-award winning designer, specializing in sound and video projection design, as well as show control automation, and he’s the only anglophone sound designer to ever even be nominated in the history of the Les Prix Rideau Awards design category, with three nominations and two wins. His theatre work has been seen by tens of thousands of people in Ottawa and across Canada (and about a thousand people in China).

We’re Hiring! 2020 Seasonal Positions

by Amanda Logan

March 5, 2020

Applications are now open for the 2020 Ottawa Fringe Seasonal Positions

 

Box Office Manager

The Ottawa Fringe is seeking an enthusiastic Box Office Manager who will support the Box Office Team and oversee the operations of box offices at the 2020 Ottawa Fringe Festival. The successful candidate for this position will have operations experience, interpersonal skills and be excited by the opportunity to work in the administrative hub of the festival.  

Duration: April 6 – July 31, 2020 (1 position vacant)
Hours: average of 32/hrs week
Rate: $19/hr

Duties and responsibilities include:  

  • Creating box office operational processes including: daily cash handling procedures, processing tickets, passes and packages
  • Coordinating venue box office supply needs  
  • Recruiting, scheduling, training and managing venue and festival box office attendants
  • Coordinating box office and front of house volunteer requirements for the Ottawa Fringe Festival including: building schedules, coordinating orientations and information dissemination (in partnership with festival Volunteer Coordinators)
  • Building all festival shows in festival ticketing system database Vendini
  • Additional administrative and on the ground needs may be required during the festival dates June 18-28

The ideal candidate will have:  

  • 3 to 5 years experience managing or coordinating a team preferably in the performing arts sector
  • Management skills and experience in the realms of scheduling and logistics coordination
  • Demonstrates initiative, troubleshooting skills and self-motivation
  • Intermediate communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with Vendini, Slack, Excel, Dropbox, and Google Drive is a major asset
  • A passion for theatre and a familiarity of Fringe Festivals is an asset  

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].  Applications close Friday, March 27th.

 

Volunteer Coordinator 

The Ottawa Fringe is seeking an enthusiastic Volunteer Coordinator who will support the Volunteer Supervisors that make the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s large team of volunteers. The successful candidate for this position will have administrative experience, interpersonal skills and be excited by the opportunity to work in the administrative hub of the festival.

Duration: April 13 – July 10, 2020 (2 positions vacant)
Hours: approximately 120 hours, evening and weekend availability required
Rate: $17/hr

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring adequate recruitment of the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s volunteer base
  • Training volunteers in orientation sessions
  • Successfully securing sponsorships for volunteer headquarters hospitality
  • Act as team captain to Volunteer Supervisors
  • Build and implement volunteer schedule
  • Coordinate a volunteer appreciation event following the end of the festival

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Previous experience managing or coordinating volunteers
  • Organizational skills in the realms of scheduling and human resources coordination
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, troubleshooting skills and self-motivation
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with Excel, Dropbox, Slack, Google Drive, and volunteer scheduling software is a major asset
  • A passion for theatre and a familiarity of Fringe Festivals is an asset

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Applications close Friday, March 27th.

An update from Ottawa Fringe

by Ottawa Fringe

February 4, 2020

Dear friends,

Before the 2020 undercurrents festival kicks off tomorrow, we wanted to update you on some work we’ve been doing since the 2019 Fringe Festival. 

As you may have heard, we were made aware of two incidents of drinks being drugged in our Courtyard during the 2019 Fringe Festival. Some members of our community shared their concerns on how we responded and we are grateful for their feedback and the opportunity to improve. 

Since this past June, we have been working with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW), the Women’s Initiative for Safer Environments (WISE), and Project SoundCheck, as well as private consultants to address our response to these incidents and update our policies around sexual violence. We have conducted a safety audit of Arts Court performance and social spaces, the results of which will inform our updated safety response policies and festival planning decisions. Core staff have undergone additional Bystander Intervention training; participation in the training will be required for all staff prior to each year’s festival. We are also creating a Code of Conduct and Disclosure Policy, which will provide a transparent process for survivors and community members in case of future incidents. 

As we work toward making our events safer for all patrons and artists, we’ll be taking active steps to improve safety in our social spaces at undercurrents this year, and we welcome your feedback. These initiatives include more visible staff and security presence in the social space, and clear signage detailing how and where patrons can seek support. 

Most importantly, we want the community involved in this process. What else can we be doing? Point out how we can do better. Tell us what we need to do more of (or less): we can be reached at [email protected]; through the Contact Us page on our website; or in person during undercurrents.  We’ll take that feedback into consideration for the 2020 Fringe in June. We strive to make Fringe and undercurrents as fun, safe, and inclusive as possible and are committed to improving everyone’s festival experience.     

Thank you for your continued support of Ottawa Fringe.

 

Sincerely,
Ottawa Fringe Board & Staff

#OttFringe Shows of the Decade!

by Amanda Logan

December 16, 2019

As we near the end of the decade, and reflect on the Best Movies or Top Songs of the 2010s, it made me think about the past ten years of the Ottawa Fringe.  

Prior to working for the Fringe, I was a Fringe-fanatic.  I loved to binge as many shows as possible, then hit the beer tent to talk about the good, the bad and the weird.  If you could have injected Fringe into me, I would have taken that option. 2014 was my first experience at the festival, and thinking about all the incredible shows I missed before discovering it hurts.  So, I decided to take a look back. That’s right, I scoured through all media to find out what shows people talked about the most over the past ten years of #OttFringe! (A great use of staff time.)

Let’s start with 2013’s man-eating-couch in Dead Unicorn Ink’s Chesterfield – a show that put DUI’s puppetry on the map.  Other highlights from the beginning of the decade were Crush Improv’s Spotlight On (2010), MayCan’s Happiness (2013), and, of course, the iconic Roller Derby Saved My Soul by Fringe veteran Nancy Kenny (2011).

Photo credit: Richard GiLmore

As we hit the middle of the 2010s, Twitter quickly became the place to chat Fringe. In 2014 audiences buzzed about Concrete Drops’ Moonlight After Midnight, SNAFU’s Kitt & Jane, and Ray Besharah and Dave Brown’s Dicky Dicky.  2015 brought us hits like Inescapable, The Elephant Girls and I Think My Boyfriend Should Have An Accent.  Aplombusrhombus’ Cardinal also left its mark, being the most covered show of 2016.

In the last few years, emerging Ottawa artists stole the spotlight with productions of Lungs (2018), I Am The Most Unfeeling Doctor In The World (2019), Rhythm & Burgundy: The Comeback Tour (2017) and Lauren & Amanda Do It (2017, yes this is my own show, no shame, plug plug plug!!!). 

Now… the Most Memorable #OttFringe Shows of the Decade (aka the most talked about on medias).  In third is Dynamite Lunchbox Entertainment’s Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play; in second is another appearance from Aplombusrhombus with Ethel; and in first is none other than Smith & Somers’ HOOTENANNY! 

Photo Credit: Susie Shapiro Photography

OK – numbers aside, let’s get some opinions in here!  We reached out to reviewers who have been around for the past ten years of Fringe, and here are their Top 5 Picks of the Decade!

Patrick Langston’s (ArtsFile) Picks Barb Popel’s (apt613) Picks Brian Carroll’s (apt613) Picks
High Tea: Another British Comedy (2017)

The Elephant Girls (2015)

God is a Scottish Drag Queen (2019)

7 (x1) Samurai  (2010)

Assassinating Thomson (2013)

Fool Muun Komming! etc etc (2018)

The Inventor of All Things (2015)

Moonlight After Midnight (2014)

Paco V. Put to Sleep (2014)

Weird:  The Witches of Macbeth (2015)

The Inventor of All Things (2015)

Lungs (2018)

Movin’ Melvin Brown (2017)

Othello (2014)

Paco V. Put to Sleep (2014)

Thanks for reading, make sure to add your personal picks below!  This theatre nerd is looking forward to another ten years of #OttFringe.  See you in 2020!

– Amanda Logan