Let's get Fringey!
2018 TIFF IS ON SALE NOW!
you ready to Fringe? Tickets for the second annual Tampa
International Fringe Festival are on sale now! TIFF
is now a ten day performing arts festival taking place at venues
across historic Ybor City. The shows are unjuried, uncensored
— meaning they were actually selected out of a hat! Shows come
from as near as across town and as far as South Africa and Japan,
this is truly an INTERNATIONAL affair, taking place May 3-12,
This May we host sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, dramedy — all
the comedy! We've got not one but TWO rock musicals, not one
but TWO magic shows, and not one but TOO many shows to tell
you about all of them here. Take
a look at the full 2018 program guide where you can now search
by day and time or title. Tickets to all shows are on
There are some changes from the first festival that we hope
make things easier for everyone
• The purchase of a button to allow you entry into the shows
is no longer required. The festival has now added a nominal
service charge to the tickets to help us cover the costs of
producing TIFF. HOWEVER, if you still want a button we are selling
them for only $3 and it will not only help support the festival
but it will get you sweet discounts across Ybor City at "Fringe
We've also added some shows since the lottery:
• The infamous God is a Scottish Drag Queen from Canada,
a hugely popular show across the fringe circuit, especially
with our neighbors in Orlando.
• The Sibyl of Mars: a female sci-fi solo show from Seattle's
• Returning to Tampa is Tim Mooney with Breakneck Hamlet,
following up on his Breakneck Julius Caesar from last
• St Pete favorite Daniel Harris with Joseph Alan Johnson's
play Darren McCracken's Big Bad Birthday Party.
• 2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick, a comedic noir
magic show by ex-pat-now-Australian Tim Motley, another tremendously
successful show on the fringe circuit.
• We've also added The Early Girl from Winter Garden,
This Show is Meshuga! from Largo, and Spring at the
Willowbrook Inn from Tarpon Springs.
Another special aspect of this year's fringe is that we are
offering a BYOV, but unlike most fests where that means Bring-Your-Own-Venue
this is a Bring-Your-Own-Van -- a 45-minute puppet show from
Pittsburgh performed in a, you guessed it, VAN!
Ticket prices are kept low ($5-$13) so that audiences
can binge watch all the performances they want, and spread the
love to artists and shows of all genres. 100% of the ticket
price goes to the artists, helping them to continue to create
new works and to tour. The nominal service charge is all that
TIFF organizers are collecting to help cover the costs of administering
The Tampa International Fringe Festival was founded by
William Glenn (Punchdrunk NYC), Trish Parry (Trish
Tales), and David Jenkins (Jobsite Theater) in 2016.
These three USF alums came together with the mission of supporting
artists who develop new works and to help them engage with the
Tampa Bay community. The first Tampa International Fringe Festival
took place May 11-14, 2017 and was recognized with a
Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Award for "Best
Moment when Local Theater Turned a Corner." We are thrilled
to be able to double the amount of opportunities in our second
We're also still looking for artist housing. And volunteers,
yeah, we need those, too. Please get in touch if you would like
to have a conversation about how you can help. As a fledgling
not-for-profit we rely on the support of our community.
This year's festival is made possible in part by the generosity
of the Ybor City Development Council and the Theatre Tampa Bay
Jeff Norton Dream Grant.