Deadline: March 5, 2021

Greetings, artist! The biennial BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival returns to downtown Cleveland July 22-24, 2021. Thank you for your interest in submitting your work.

As the reopening of indoor theatre venues remains uncertain, we’ve reimagined the 2021 BorderLight Festival as a primarily outdoor event - July 22-24 - with safety protocols overseen by public health advisors and in compliance with regional event reopening guidelines. Like with everything this year, we recognize that circumstances may change and have adapted our plan so that we may move forward, conservatively, in a way that embraces the current limitations on public gatherings of artists and audiences.

BorderLight will remain anchored in downtown Cleveland, making the festival accessible to visitors from across the city and beyond. Performances will take place across outdoor stages, tents, green spaces and other open-air locations to allow for social distancing, as well as interactive remote and streaming options to enjoy from home or live, whether as viewers or in interactive ways. We’re also seeking site-specific proposals to take place in locations within our downtown footprint. Have an idea? Tell us about it.

The BorderLight Fringe is the open call submission part of the Festival­­—application is free, there is no risk to submit. The Festival welcomes work from both established and emerging companies—we look forward to hearing from you!

To learn more about the history and fringe and more, visit our "What is Fringe?" page.

The BorderLight Festival team
Dale, Jeff + Cathleen


  1. READ ME FIRST: 2021 Fringe Application Guidelines. Essential reading before you apply. We cover all the basics of participation and an overview of our 2021 planning.

  2. Download the SAMPLE APPLICATION. Please note, your actual application will be submitted through an ONLINE FORM (step #3) and there is no saving mid-process. Use this sample to prep and save your answers as a separate doc before copying them over.

  3. Submit ONLINE APPLICATION. Deadline to apply is March 5, 2021. Important note—the online form must be completed in one session (no saving mid-process)—see step #2.

If you still have questions, email Cathleen at in advance of the deadline. We look forward to receiving your submission!