Ottawa Fringe Annual General Meeting

by Ottawa Fringe

January 4, 2023

Ottawa Fringe Festival Annual General Meeting

The Ottawa Fringe 2023 Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday, January 30th at 6:00pm over Zoom.

RSVP below by Friday, January 27th.


undercurrents 2023 tickets on sale now!

by Ottawa Fringe

December 19, 2022


Ottawa Fringe is pleased to announce its lineup for the 2023 undercurrents festival. For the first time ever, undercurrents is piloting a bilingual festival, with shows in both French and English, as well as shows accessible to audiences of both languages. We invite you to be curious and to join us for all that undercurrents 2023 has to offer.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, December 19th at undercurrents tickets are sold on a “Pick Your Price” model at $5, $10, $20, $50, or $75. 

Ottawa Fringe est heureux d’annoncer sa programmation pour le festival undercurrents 2023. Pour la première fois, undercurrents pilote un festival bilingue, avec des spectacles en français et en anglais, ainsi que des spectacles accessibles aux publics des deux langues. Nous vous invitons à être curieux et à nous rejoindre pour tout ce que undercurrents 2023 a à offrir.

Les billets seront mis en vente le lundi 19 décembre sur Les billets undercurrents sont vendus sur le modèle “Pick Your Price” à 5, 10, 20, 50 ou 75 dollars. 

Call for Nominations: Ottawa Fringe Festival Board of Directors

Deadline for Nominations: Ongoing until January 16, 2023
Positions Available: Chair, Treasurer, 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 Executive 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

Responsibilities of a chair

  • Chair and facilitate board meetings
  • Prepare agenda for board meetings
  • Liaise with the organization’s management and the Board

Responsibilities of a treasurer

  • Understand and review the organization’s budget and financial statements throughout the year
  • Assist the organization’s management with budget discussions in Board meetings
  • Assist organization with annual audit practice
  • Act as chair of the Board’s Finance Committee

Ideal candidate
In their application, candidates are invited to comment on their past board experience, as well as 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.

Nominated candidates will be presented at our Annual General Meeting in January 2023. 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. 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]

CLOSED – Apply now to undercurrents 2023

by Ottawa Fringe

July 7, 2022

Apply Now

Applications are now closed for undercurrents 2023, but submissions are open year-round.

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is now accepting submissions for the 13th edition of the undercurrents festival, which takes place February 8-18th, 2023 at Arts Court. We are also accepting submissions for our 22-23 under development* program. Showcasing the best independent theatre from Ottawa and across the country, undercurrents invites submissions from Ottawa-based and national companies. The festival will consider applications from established and emerging artists who are working on new plays and performance pieces, as well as from those touring previously produced original work.

  • We encourage submissions from under represented artists who identify with the organization’s Priority Groups: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour) Artists, Deaf Artists and Disabled+ Identified Artists, Immigrant and Refugee Artists, 2SLGBTQ+ Artists;
  • We encourage French play submissions from Francophone artists;
  • We are also seeking submissions from artists who have short pieces (under 30 minutes), works-in-progress, or live art/installation pieces.

Applications are accepted at anytime throughout the year, but artists wishing to be considered for the 2023 festival must submit their information on or before August 12th, 2022. Applications received after this date will be considered for future festivals. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will hear by latest October if they are being considered.

 Have questions before submitting? Want to learn more about undercurrents? To schedule a call or book a meeting with Ottawa Fringe Executive Director, Alain Richers, click here

*under development is the Ottawa Fringe’s new play development program, inviting local artists/collectives to work on their new creation pieces in residence at Arts Court for a year. under development offers rehearsal/creation space and access to professional development opportunities, workshops, and Fringe resources. Participants have the freedom to create based on their own process and timeline, with access to resources on an as needed/requested basis. under development participants meet regularly with Fringe staff and as a group for updates and to share their work.

Fringe25 Schedule + Programming

Date: Saturday June 25th

Locations: SAW Courtyard, Arts Court Studio

All events are free unless otherwise noted.


Fringe25 Kick Off Ceremony

Time: 1:00-2:30PM

Place: Arts Court Studio

Kick off a full day of celebrations marking this milestone anniversary for the Ottawa Fringe by joining us for some speeches and light snacks. Featuring music by acoustic performers Ramblin’ Valley Duo (Trevor Lubin and Joe McDonald).


Fringe Afternoon Refresher

Time: 2:30-4:30PM

Place: Fringe Courtyard

Hang out with us in the Fringe Courtyard for some family entertainment, games, carnival snacks and more!


Fringe Happy Hour

Time: 5:30-7:00PM

Place: Arts Court Studio

Co-hosted by our friends at Dominion City, head up to the Arts Court Studio to sample some new brews and for a chance to win some sweet swag.


Fringe Party

Time: 8:00-11:00PM

Place: Fringe Courtyard

The party continues at the Fringe Courtyard. Stop by for some cold drinks at the Club SAW bar and free local entertainment on the courtyard stage! Featuring Ottawa’s favourite post-hardcore band, T-Rex Marathon make great music, put on great shows, and are just pretty great guys all around. And no party is complete without the musical stylings of Fringe favorite DJ, AL Connors.


Sashay Drag Show

Time: 10:00PM

Place: Club SAW

Hosted by our friends at Sashay, expect to be bedazzled by a night of fun dance and fabulous performances. Featuring djs B’UGO (MTL) and Ashley Gauthier (Sashay, Throb). And featuring drag performers Sunshine Glitterchild and Xtravaganja Afrika, this is one event you won’t want to miss! Book your tickets at There are limited discount codes available for Fringe patrons – find them at


Fringe25 Guestbook

Time: All Day

Place: Arts Court Studio

Let us know you were here by leaving a message on our Fringe25 poster and snapping a photo against our out-of-this-world Fringe backdrop. Don’t forget to tag us @ottawafringe!

Access at the Ottawa Fringe Festival

by Ottawa Fringe

June 6, 2022

The Ottawa Fringe remains committed to supporting and presenting diverse, inclusive, accessible theatre, and to supporting our community of artists and patrons.

Our priorities are:

•to create safe and inclusive spaces

•to support all artists, and

•to promote equitable access to expression

We do this to help ensure that every story is told. How this looks, sounds and feels is different for every individual.

Accessibility is a commitment and an evolving process for our organization. This work is important, because it deepens, challenges and expands theatre, to make space for everyone.

Ottawa Fringe Commitment

The Ottawa Fringe remains committed to inclusive, accessible theatre, and supporting our community– which includes both artists and patrons – in a multitude of ways. Our priority is to create and nurture spaces where artists have equitable access to expression and our continued dedication to ensuring every story is told.

While this may look and sound and feel different to each individual, the Fringe is committed to upholding our values of inclusivity, integrity, and accessibility by building spaces where our community can gather together in safety and experience theatre and art shows fully.

Accessibility is a commitment and a practice to expand theatre so that everyone can create, share, and experience all that theatre has to offer. It is a reminder for us all to treat each other with respect and requires us to think of others in relation to ourselves. It provides actionable and meaningful steps we can take to ensure every person in our community feels welcome and has an equitable opportunity to experience every show at the Festival.

These steps allow us to open up our theatres and our shows so that our stories can reach every heart and speak to every soul. Our stories. Our community is a shared, participatory space – not just for some, but for everyone. This is, and will remain, a priority for the Ottawa Fring


The Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, also known as CAFF, is a non-profit organization that the Ottawa Fringe Festival is proud to be apart of. To learn more about their mandate, ideals can be found at this link.

Calling Ottawa-based Emerging Photographers!

by Ottawa Fringe

June 2, 2022

[Image description: Text reads "Call for Photographers" in purple and blue font in centre of page. A peach pink background with white stars scattered across the page. Blue and purple mountains span across the entire bottom of the graphic, with a blue planet peaking out from behind one of the mountain tops and a black telescope placed in front pointing to the sky. On the upper left corner, a cloud rests with the Fringe25 blue logo. On the upper right, a purple planet with a large ring around it floats in the sky.]

[Image description: Text reads “Call for Photographers” in purple and blue font in centre of page. A peach pink background with white stars scattered across the page. Blue and purple mountains span across the entire bottom of the graphic, with a blue planet peaking out from behind one of the mountain tops and a black telescope placed in front pointing to the sky. On the upper left corner, a cloud rests with the Fringe25 blue logo. On the upper right, a purple planet with a large ring around it floats in the sky.]


Are you an emerging photographer looking for a paid opportunity to build your portfolio? The Ottawa Fringe Festival is seeking up-and-coming photographers to celebrate our 25th year! We’d love for you to join us! 

We are seeking photographers for the following events/dates. 
  • Preview Night – June 15th
  • Fringe25 – June 25th. This includes our Kick Off Ceremony, Cocktail Event and Late Night Party.
  • Other: Courtyard Events TBD

Please indicate in your application if you are also interested in photographing performances, and attach any examples of your work if so!


Please send a link to your website/social platform where you share examples of your work and/or a portfolio. If you have any set rate, please feel free to send that along as well. Please email your application to [email protected].

Here at Ottawa Fringe, we’re working hard to include everyone in our festival. We believe that art is for everyone, and encourage applications from diverse applicants of all backgrounds regardless of culture, race, colour, gender identity, national origin, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, or gender expression.


Ottawa Fringe 2022 Seasonal Job Postings

by Ottawa Fringe

May 3, 2022

Ottawa Fringe 2022 Seasonal Job Postings

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is looking to fill seasonal positions with folks passionate about performing arts.

  • Volunteer Manager
  • Volunteer Supervisors
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Box Office Attendants 

Please send your CV, along with a letter of introduction explaining why you would like to work at the Ottawa Fringe to [email protected] Please include the job title that you are applying for. We also welcome applicants to apply for multiple positions. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until mid-May. We will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews as they come in. There is no hard deadline to apply. Interviews will be held in person and virtually (based on your preference) but please note that the festival work will be in-person. Don’t wait to apply!

Here are some recommended prompts for your Introduction Letter: What experience do you have working in customer service? Why do you want to work at the Fringe? Why is giving back to your community important to you? We also encourage non-traditional Introduction Letters. If you are interested in submitting a visual representation of yourself such as a mood board or video, please feel free to submit this along with your CV. If you require any accessibility assistance, please contact Lydia at [email protected]. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Here at Ottawa Fringe, we’re working hard to include everyone in our festival. We believe that art is for everyone, and encourage applications from diverse applicants of all backgrounds regardless of culture, race, colour, gender identity, national origin, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, or gender expression.


The Ottawa Fringe is seeking an enthusiastic Volunteer Manager who will lead the team of Volunteer Supervisors and 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 busy hub of the festival.

Duration: May 24 – June 30, 2022

Hours: approximately 100-120 hours total, evening and weekend availability required

Rate: $18/hr


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


  • Previous experience managing or coordinating  a team
  • Organization skills including scheduling and human resources 
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, troubleshooting skills and self-motivation
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with Excel, Dropbox, Google Drive, Volgistics is an asset
  • A passion for theatre and a familiarity of Fringe Festivals is an asset


Do you thrive in fast paced environments? Do you enjoy working in a creative setting and interacting with new people everyday? The Ottawa Fringe is seeking enthusiastic Volunteer Supervisors who will support the 200+ volunteers that make the Ottawa Fringe Festival happen. The successful candidate for this position will be reliable, outgoing, and excited by the opportunity to work in the administrative hub of the festival. 

Duration: May 30 – June 30, 2022

Hours: approximately 40-60 hours total, evening and weekend availability is required

Rate: $17/hr


  • Coordinating volunteer shift check-ins
  • Organizing daily volunteer hospitality/catering
  • Assisting with volunteer orientations and training
  • Supervising on-site volunteers, assisting where required


  • Previous experience as a volunteer or working with volunteers
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, trouble-shooting skills and self-motivation
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with Excel, Dropbox, Google Drive, Volgistics is an asset
  • A passion for theatre and familiarity with Fringe festivals is an asset
  • Works compassionately and patiently in a team setting


The Marketing Assistant will work directly with the festival’s Marketing and Communications Officer, creating content for our social media platforms, tracking social media metrics, and assisting with website updates and media interactions. The successful candidate will be a motivated team player with excellent communication skills. They should be outgoing and happy to communicate with artists and press through social media. 

Duration: May 24 – June 30, 2022

Hours: 35 hours/week, evening and weekend availability required

Rate: $18/hr


  • Monitoring and creating content for all Ottawa Fringe social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok), while tracking metrics and engagement
  • Developing a social media content calendar alongside the Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Interacting with our follower network and responding to comments/messages to encourage engagement
  • Assisting with website updates and overseeing online reviews
  • Accompanying Fringe artists to any in-person media interviews
  • Creating an end-of-festival report on metrics for both social media and website accounts


  • Knowledge of and experience with various social media platforms
  • Knowledge of and experience with website development
  • High level of writing and communication skills
  • Experience communicating with the media is a plus
  • Familiarity with Ottawa Fringe Festival and/or the Ottawa theatre scene is a strong asset
  • Experience using WordPress is an asset 
  • Bilingualism is an asset


The Ottawa Fringe Festival Box Office Attendants are highly motivated, enthusiastic and dependable individuals. Successful candidates for this position will be team players who are looking for a fun and challenging opportunity to be part of Ottawa’s largest theatre festival. Your work day will consist of assisting with ticket purchases and festival information; Box Office Attendants are problem solvers and highly personable people.

Duration: June 13 – 26, 2022

Hours: approximately 70-80 hours total, evening and weekend availability is required

Rate: $17/hr


  • Reconciling box office information from Ottawa Fringe Festival venues
  • Preparing daily materials and information for each Ottawa Fringe Festival box office
  • Data entry and management of each festival box office
  • Interact and assist patrons with ticket purchases and other information
  • Answer box office phone to assist patrons


  • Strong computer skills and experience using Microsoft Office, Excel and Google Suite
  • A flexible schedule with availability in the late evenings 
  • Experience with cash handling, reconciliations
  • Customer service experience

In an effort to keep our audiences, artists, and staff safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, here at the Ottawa Fringe, we have decided to continue to require Proof of Vaccination (Vaccine Passports) for all in-person events at this year’s undercurrents festival, April 20 – 30.

While capacity limits will be lifted, we will be offering select performances at a reduced capacity so that everyone can enjoy undercurrents according to their own comfort level.

Tickets on sale March 11, 2022.

Any questions and concerns can be directed to [email protected]

The Ottawa Fringe is organizing a committee to consult and assist in the planning of our 25th anniversary celebrations in 2022. Founded in 1997, the Ottawa Fringe has been a staple of the theatre festival scene and we are looking to honour that history and our Fringe community this year. Our 2022 festival, (June 16-26) will also be our 25th festival and our first in-person Fringe since 2019 so there are many reasons to celebrate!

We want to know how you’d like to mark this milestone!
Consider joining our Fringe 25 Committee!

Committee Info Session (and first info session / public brainstorm)
WHEN: Tuesday March 8th at 7PM
WHO: Our Ottawa Fringe Community

Sign-up to attend the session here.
*If you’re interested in joining the committee but unable to attend on March 8th, please still sign-up!

At the end of our Info Session, anyone still interested in sitting on the Fringe 25 Committee will be expected to:

  • Attend 4-6 short committee meetings where you’ll be expected to give input and consult on activities being proposed
  • Assist in the development of said activities
  • Tentatively help with Fringe 25 events during festival, as needed