BorderLight’s mission is to present visionary international theatre and build cross-cultural understanding.
Founded in 2015 by Dale Heinen and Jeffrey Pence, BorderLight’s mission is to present visionary international theatre and build cross-cultural understanding.
The BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival is a hybrid festival model, featuring
- a curated selection of international touring productions,
- commissioned collaborations between Cleveland professional theatres and international artists, and
- a fringe festival programmed through an open call for submissions, featuring all genres of theatrical performance self-produced by local and national artists.
The BorderLight Festival debuted in 2019 as a biennial summer event.
In our inaugural year, BorderLight hosted 40 unique productions and special events from artists from 8 countries + across the US, selling over 4.5K tickets and attracting a total of 10K visitors to downtown Cleveland for free public performances and other special events.
"BorderLight has ignited a beacon." - Thomas Mulready, COOL Cleveland
After postponing our 2nd biennial live festival due to COVID-19 and transitioning to a virtual Fringe Festival 2021, The BorderLight Festival is excited to announce the festival’s return, July 20 - 24, 2022!
“We are excited to continue fostering reciprocal connections between Cleveland and the Global Community. Downtown Cleveland is in a resurgence and we are happy to bring back our signature combination of local, national, and international artistry to our downtown footprint." - Jeff Pence, Co-Founder/Co-Director
BorderLight is a proud member of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) and the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA).