In attendance was Alexandra Kesman, Managing Director of Cincy Fringe in Cincinatti, Ohio, Davide Ambrogi, Artistic Director of Roma Fringe, Meghan McCauley, Outreach Director for Hollywood Fringe, Greg Clarke, Executive Festival Director of Adelaide Fringe (and representative for World Fringe Perth), Julian Caddy, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe, Sarah Jones, Festival Director of OxFringe in Oxford, and Tony Lankester, CEO of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa (and representative for Amsterdam and Prague). Additional representatives from St. Louis Fringe, Rochester Fringe, and Arte Brasil International Shakespeare Festival & Fringe were in the audience.
The panel discussed differences in visa laws, venue management, access, housing, and other issues.
Afterward, the group of us went to What Fringe Next?, a panel wherein performers who have been to several festivals at one time or another can share their experiences with performers who may be interested in touring their shows in the future. The panel consisted of Nick Brice, Ali-Pollard Mansergh, Tessa Waters, Mikelangelo, and Martin Dockerty and together they've attended festivals in Brighton, Edinburgh Oxford, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Woodford, Indianapolis, Orlando, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Victoria, Vancouver, San Francisco, Phoenix, and New York.
They each discussed when they felt ready to begin a life touring their shows and what each festival specifically offered them in a Q&A session led by Dr. Xela Batchelder. Their combined experience was relayed frankly, with a focus on honesty and realism.