5-Minute Fringe: MIRROR

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Call for Artists

Take a creative risk with the Reading Theater Project!

Performing artists are invited to submit an original performance piece for our upcoming 5-Minute Fringe Festival. This year’s theme for Fringe is “Mirror” and the overall theme of our work this year is “#WOMEN.”


To submit, please email the title and description or script of your project, your resume/headshot (or photo), and any additional information.

All submissions should connect to the theme, though the connection doesn’t need to be explicit or literal – better if it isn’t.

Weekly creative labs begin in mid-January; the creative labs give performers a chance to share their work and get feedback. Each performer is required to attend and share their work at one creative lab minimum.

Technical rehearsals will be Feb. 18 and 19, 2020.

The performances will be at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education, 3000 Penn Ave, West Lawn, PA 19609 on Thursday through Sunday, February 20-23, 2020.

All pieces should be a minimum of 5 minutes long and no longer than 10 minutes in length.

Our focus is on performance and storytelling, with minimal set (think chairs or rehearsal blocks) and basic lighting provided by RTP (general wash, lights up and down), and costumes and props provided by you. The performances will be in a black box, seating set up in a three-quarter thrust.

NEW THIS YEAR: Want to develop your ideas before Fringe? 

WORKSHOP: Writing Memoir for Performance

Saturday, December 14, 2-4pm – This free, two-hour workshop will include writing from prompts so you will leave with original writing to use toward a performance piece.  Bring your favorite notebook or your laptop and an open, creative mind. 

Writing Memoir for Performance: Reserve Free Tickets

Workshop led by Jayne Brown, Poet Laureate of Berks County and performer from the 2019 5-Minute Fringe Festival.  

PANEL: Writing for Performance

Wednesday, December 18, 7pm – This free panel discussion – panel includes local writers of poetry, memoir, and plays – will give you an opportunity to learn about process, idea development, and orienting your work toward performance to help you get your own ideas ready for Fringe.  Come with your own questions and an open, creative mind. 

Panelists include Matt Fotis,  David Nice, Anthony Orozco, Martha Richardson.  Facilitated by Vicki Haller Graff. 

Writing for Performance Reserve Free Tickets

Workshop and panel will be held at the Christ Church UCC (4870 Kutztown Rd, Temple, PA 19560).  Parking and entrance through the back.  RSVP and Questions: 484-706-9719 or vicki@readingtheaterproject.com