OUR MISSION

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

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, BorderLight's 2021 program will be exclusively remote access, including virtual interactive experiences, video on-demand fringe shows, and site-specific, self-guided audio journeys. 

The return of in-person programming has been tentatively scheduled for July 2022. Read the full statement here.

Photo by Steve Wagner
Photo by Steve Wagner