2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Living on the Fringe: An Oral History of the Kansas City Fringe Festival
Max D. Glenn
Prof. Janet Albanese (Drake University) and Dr. Dana Smith, Faculty Mentors

Fringe festivals have been a growing phenomenon in the arts scene since it arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947. The original fringe festival has now inspired global spin-offs from Budapest to the heart of the Midwest. This study seeks to uncover the origins and history of one of these Midwest Fringe Festivals, KC Fringe. Using interviews from those directly involved with KC Fringe as performers and administrators, this oral history of KC Fringe explores keys events associated with the festival as well as central figures, where it is going and what challenges it faces, all through the words of those who made it what it was.

Keywords: Fringe Festivals, Performance, Kansas City, Theatre, Midwestern Theatre


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 23-1
Location: OP 2121
Time: 9:30

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