BorderLight’s mission is to present visionary international theatre and build cross-cultural understanding.


BorderLight launches as a 4-day late summer international theatre and fringe festival this July 24-27, 2019. It will feature top-flight performers from abroad and world premiere collaborations between Cleveland-based theatre artists and international artists. Combined with a Fringe Festival that will draw performers from Cleveland’s vibrant local theatre community and across North America, BorderLight will activate performance and public spaces from Playhouse Square to Public Square.

BorderLight will grow to become a signature annual festival promoting Cleveland as an international city of artistic innovation and border-crossing conversation.

The festival will offer visitors a rare opportunity to see exciting new theatre from around the globe, while showcasing Cleveland’s theatrical community and its outsized theatrical capacity, and marketing Cleveland as a theatre destination.