Dear 2019 St Lou Fringe Festival Artist:


Welcome to the 2019 St Lou Fringe Festival!


Fringe started life when eight theatre companies turned up uninvited to the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival in 1947. With the "official" festival using the city's major venues, these companies took over smaller, alternative venues for their productions. Seven performed in Edinburgh, and one undertook a version of the medieval morality play "Everyman" in Dunfermline Abbey, about 20 miles north, across the River Forth in Fife. 


These groups aimed to take advantage of the large assembled theatre crowds to showcase their own alternative theatre. Although at the time it was not recognized as such, this was the first Edinburgh Festival Fringe and 76 years later St Lou Fringe is proudly carrying on the tradition of our ancestors in Edinburgh.


In eight years St Lou Fringe has unleashed hundreds of voices across our stages. We are proud to have launched shows like Count Time: The Life and Times of Patricia Pruitt by Elizabeth Townsend, A Time for A Change by Tony L. Marr Jr., Pollock: A Frequency Parable by the Unconventional Empire and now you.


Attached to this email is your contract packet for the 2019 St Lou Fringe Festival. Please read, sign and return these forms with all the pertinent documentation and fees by May 10, 2019 to the St Lou Fringe headquarters at TREX, 911 Washington Avenue, Suite 664, St. Louis, MO 63101. You may also scan them and email them back to and pay all fees through PayPal via our donate button at


We are honored that you have chosen to share your artistic work on our stages and we look forward to what you will bring this upcoming season!


Please be sure to join us for Act Your Pants Off on July 20, 2019 at the The Monacle at 7 p.m. to watch St Louis' favorite people take their clothes off for a good cause... Fringe! and promote our upcoming Festival.


As you come across questions, comments or concerns please feel free to reach out to Artist Associate Producer, Elaine Laws at or myself at and we can guide you to the right StlFringe Teammate to help. 


On behalf of myself, Lou the Framingo (our mascot) and the entire St Lou Fringe Team welcome again! 



Matthew R. Kerns

Executive Director 

St Lou Fringe