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Call for Submissions: The Z Fringe Festival is Announced for April 2024

Words and Images of 2 Previous Fringe Performances courtesy of The Z.

Art that pushes the envelope is taking over The Z this April. The Z Fringe Festival is returning to Virginia Beach Town Center, and submissions of unique creative works are now open!

Artists of all kinds are invited to take part in Virginia Beach's biggest Fringe Fest on April 5-6, 2024, and are encouraged to submit pieces that may span multiple genres.

Submissions are open from December 15-January 15. 

“Monologues and new plays are just the tip of the iceberg,” said The Z’s Marketing Director, Jessi DiPette. “We are really looking forward to seeing new pieces of physical theatre, music, any piece of art that tells a story in a compelling way.” 

The Z's Fringe Festival is a celebration of self-produced performance art that pushes the envelope and makes a statement. Performances at The Z Fringe are theatrically-based, meaning they have a viewpoint, tell a story, or connect multiple pieces with a theme. Like the origin story of Fringe Festivals, The Z Fringe was created to give performing artists access to performance space and the opportunity to explore new concepts and performance formats that don’t fit a ‘traditional’ production model. 

The 2024 Festival builds on the success of last year’s inaugural weekend with 2 new categories of submissions: “Visual Arts” and “Works in Progress”

Visual Art: Gallery-style showcases of visual art of all mediums. A separate submission window will be held for visual arts. 

Works in Progress: Artists may present a new work still in the creative process for audience feedback on performance day. 

Artists may submit pieces for 15-90 minute time slots, and will receive 50% of the ticket fees for their performance. 

Want to Submit?

Learn more about The Z Fringe Festival and submit your work at There is no fee to submit your work. The Festival will debut at The Zeiders American Dream Theater April 5-6, 2024

Zeiders American Dream Theater is located at 4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Zeiders American Dream Theater is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.


Zeiders American Dream Theater, known as The Z, is a professional, non-profit performing arts company whose mission is to provide a wide range of highly entertaining artistic experiences to the community by fostering and introducing new works and exceptionally gifted artists in all areas of the performing arts. The Z is a community hub for celebrating creative growth and entertainment. With intimate performance spaces and unique programming that generates an exciting connection between the performer and the audience, The Z inspires audiences and performers to tap into their own creative spark, unleash their dreams, and achieve their full potential.

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