Annual Fringe Festival Features Comedy, Dance

Ursinus College is holding its 14th annual Fringe Festival Sept. 18 through Sept. 21, modeled after the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Professor of Theater Domenick Scudera and Assistant Professor of Dance Jeanine McCain are co-producing the event.

Experimental and creative performances will include dance, theater, cabaret and sketch and improvisation. The four-day festival is free, with performances at day and night times. All events are in the Kaleidoscope Blackbox Studio Theater (unless otherwise noted) and are free and open to the public. No reservations for performances are necessary.  Seating is on a first-come first-served basis.



The Waitstaff Sketch Comedy Troupe

  • Noon  

Collaborative Art Kick Off during lunch outside Wismer Hall.
Help create some artwork to kick off this year’s Fringe Festival!

THURSDAY, SEPT. 19  Sketch Comedy

  • 9 p.m.

The Waitstaff Sketch Comedy Troupe, Happy Hour

See Philadelphia’s premiere sketch comedy troupe perform their latest original show.  This show is currently playing in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival to sold-out houses.  The Waitstaff’s troupe of writers/performers bring this hilarious new show to Ursinus for one night only!


Choreographer for the Philly Guest Artist Dance Night, Eun Jung Choi

Choreographer for the Philly Guest Artist Dance Night, Eun Jung Choi

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20  Dance Day

  • 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Hip Hop Lecture/Demonstration and Open Class with Clyde Evans  (Helfferich Dance Studio)

 7 p.m.

Philly Guest Artist Dance Night with choreography by Eun Jung Choi, Jenn Rose, Melissa Chisena and Clyde Evans.  Don’t miss the chance to see the work of these professional dance artists!

Followed by an OPEN DANCE PARTY with Clyde Evans!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21  Comedy Improvisation and Fringe

  • 3:30 p.m.

Comedy Improv performance.  Master improvisers Karen Getz and Kelly Jennings (from ComedySportz Philly, Lunch Lady Doris and other improv troupes) perform as their alter-egos Gwendolyn and Cecily in this fully improvised, 90-minute show. Working with the audience to find inspiration, Gwendolyn and Cecily will create a hilarious performance on the spot!

5:30 p.m.

Comedy Improv Workshop / Master Class.  Karen Getz and Kelly Jennings lead this special 2.5 hour workshop for a limited amount of lucky Ursinus students.  No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn more about improv!  If you would like to sign up for the workshop, please email Prof. Domenick Scudera at soon to secure your place.

10 p.m.

Ursinus Fringe Cabaret.  Artists from the Ursinus campus show off their own work in this talent show.  Ursinus students and faculty take the stage to showcase their performing skills in this fun and varied show!