Applications for the BoderLight Festival Fringe are now closed.

Thank you for your interest in submitting your work. We received an overwhelming number of applications in 2021 (2x the applicants in 2019!). We are delighted and encouraged by this response.

To all artists who shared their work - thank you. We will be reaching back to everyone in early April.

Due to the limited number of venues and schedule slots, the BorderLight Fringe program is determined through a selection process. Application does not guarantee acceptance in the festival. All proposals are reviewed by a diverse panel of industry professionals and theatre practitioners, in collaboration with BorderLight Festival staff.

Productions that are not chosen during the initial selection may be placed on a waitlist in the event of a cancellation.

About BorderLight 2021: A Theatre Festival for a Changed World

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

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