Applications for the 2022 BorderLight Festival Fringe are now OPEN!
Deadline to apply is March 1, 2022!

The BorderLight Fringe is the open call submission part of the Festival—the application fee is $25 to create a low barrier to participation. The Festival welcomes work from both established and emerging companies—we look forward to hearing from you!

How To Submit Your Proposal:

  1. READ ME FIRST: 2022-Fringe-Festival-Application-Guidelines - We know it’s 9 pages, but I promise it’s helpful! It will answer ALL your questions.
  2. Download the SAMPLE_APPLICATION_2022_BorderLightFringe_12_20_21.docx 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 the Online Application. The deadline is March 1, 2022.
    Important note: the online form must be completed in one session (no saving mid-process) - see step #2

Questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions Sheet. If you still have questions, email in advance of the deadline. We look forward to receiving your submission!

Due to the limited number of venues and schedule slots, the BorderLight Fringe program is determined through a selection process. The 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 2022: Reemerging to Connect
Festival Dates: July 20-24, 2022!

The 2022  festival will mark our third festival. Welcome back! It is with great pride that we build our 2022 Festival to illuminate the borders that divide us and foster reciprocal connections between Cleveland and the global community, especially as we move out of this period of isolation. After the last two years, we all deserve a jolt from the normal, and artists deserve a platform for their work.

BorderLight will remain anchored in downtown Cleveland, in venues from Playhouse Square to Public Square, making the festival accessible to visitors from across the city and beyond. We will be thoughtful as we plan our 2022 Festival to make sure the safety of our patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers is foremost.