IndyFringe Building Roots Fringe Festival in Familiar Territory

For current show information at the IndyFringe Building, visit its website.

The IndyFringe Festival has a new home base, located on the corner of Mass Ave and College Avenue, the IndyFringe Building is a gem for Indianapolis performing arts. Just off the main strip of Mass Ave in Indianapolis downtown and directly across from the Art Bank, the newly renovated IndyFringe Building is already filled to the brim with programing, events and information.

As the official headquarter for this year’s Fringe Festival, the IndyFringe Building is buzzing with activity. Stop by for all the latest, up to date information concerning Fringe 2009 programing including schedules, buttons, and other IndyFringe merchandise. This space is perfectly located. It allows the people hard at work for Fringe to remain close to IndyFringe’s traditional home in the Mass Ave Cultural District. Just a stone’s throw away from Fringe hosts like the Phoenix Theater, Theater on the Square, the Earth House Collective, and Comedy Sportz Arena, the IndyFringe Building will keep this year’s Indianapolis festival moving and shaking.

The St. Clair Street building served as home to Fringe coordinators in 2007 and 2008. They loved it so much they cobbled together the money to purchase the building and move their offices into the basement. Now, the space not only provides a home for Fringe during the month of August, but all year round. This allows Fringe Festival organizers to communicate more effectively and efficiently, and will certainly make the indyFringe Festival run smoother than it ever has.

Because indyFringe has found such a wonderful new home in the Fringe Building, they are eager to share it with the Indianapolis art community. In the months before and after August, the building is available to Indianapolis theater groups without a space of their own to rent at low cost. This new performance space will afford many smaller, local theater groups an opportunity to create their own work. It has already been utilized by groups like the Heartland Actors Repertory Theater, Motus Dance Group, and Butler University Theater students.

Unfortunately, the IndyFringe Building did not come ready made to be the home for Indianapolis music, theater and dance. Extensive renovations have been happening year round to prepare the Fringe Building as a mecca for IndyFringe. With a generous grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, IndyFringe organizers have been hard at work. So far the IndyFringe Building’s makeover has including work on the roof, interior roof, windows and doors, plumbing and wiring, air conditioning, and some painting.


But that’s not all! Just in time for the 2009 IndyFringe Festival in Indianapolis, a new stage was loaded into the IndyFringe Building. This 20’x12′ performance venue is equipped with curtains, wings, LED lights, a tech deck, and seating for an audience of up to 100. This year during Fringe, the space will house FringeNext performers.

It takes a village to make something as wonderful as the IndyFringe building come together like it has. The Indianapolis community and many Indianapolis non-profit organizations have pulled together to find funding for the Fringe building. IndyFringe could not have done so much without help from the following groups:

The IndyFringe Building
719 E St. Clair St
Indianapolis, IN46202

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