STLFringe Fest 2023

In its 12th year the STLFringe FEST, listed on our must-see summer arts experiences in St. Louis blog, celebrates 42 independent productions through the mediums of live performances, parking lot takeovers, and virtual playbacks.

Shows, performance schedules, and tickets at


BARE: A Pop Opera by Damon Intrabartolo, lyrics by Jon Hartmere, and a book by Hartmere and Intrabartolo and presented by Gateway Center for the Performing Arts. Bare is a coming-of-age rock musical that focuses on a group of high school students and their struggles at their private Catholic boarding school.
The Marcelle Theatre August 17 – 20, 2023. Tickets $35.00.

The Final Performance of Midnight Annie – (World Premiere) Inspired by the life, times, and works of Chris Andoe and adapted for the stage by St Lou Fringe President and Artistic Director Matthew R. Kerns, MFA. A chronicle of the life and times of this award- winning writer Chris Andoe. There will be shade as the “T” is spilled!
.ZACK Theatre August 18 – 19. Tickets are $25.00.

 The Oreo Complex by Lillian C. Brown – A multi-disciplinary solo performance inspired by WEB DuBois’ concept of double consciousness chronicles the experience of OREO Girl, a black female, navigating predominately white institutions. It is an exploration of internalized segregation, a celebration of resilience, a practice of rigorous patience, and veneration of ancestors. The Oreo Complex is a poetry and mixed media work.
.ZACK Theater August 15 – 16, 2023. Tickets are $25.00.

The FEST will also feature Katie Rodriguez in How It Feels to Be on Wheels, a show about Katie’s time with the St. Louis “disAbility Project” that led to her play Roll With It!. Also, a new work by Kevin Bowman titled, Heretic: The Eulogy of a Christian Expat: Join us for the funeral of pastor, church leader, and rising star Kevin Bowman led today by Heretic Kevin Bowman.

President and Artistic Director Matthew R. Kerns, MFA said of this year’s STLFringe FEST ’23, “ There a myriad of notable acts in this year’s FEST, including: Zoe Rose Spills Her Guts, an immersive, participatory, one-woman show about exploring identity; Sweet Potato Pie, a woman on a journey of finding her creative self, while working through the grief of losing her grandmother; & Notes On Nothing, stories as relatable as they are disjointed told through language, movement, puppets, and a bar. Plus, many, many more. I look forward to you joining us this August for the region’s celebration of our independent arts community.”

The 12th annual STLFringe FEST ‘23 will kick-off with Cosmonaut, a FREE performance art happening at a secret and exclusive underground performance space. #GetInvited

STLFringe FEST is proud to be a home for our St. Louis Burlesque Community. This year’s FEST features, Bawdy Positivity, a dynamic revue featuring all plus-size performers.

STLFringe FEST ’23 opens on August 14, 2023, and runs through August 20, 2023.


It all started in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, as an alternative festival that played concurrently with the Edinburgh International Festival. In what would soon be the spirit of Fringe Festivals worldwide, artists came to busk and perform in the alleys and streets, using any venue they could find to entertain audiences.

St. Lou Fringe, founded in 2011, has produced 500+ multidisciplinary works of art created by independent artists that have grown into productions locally, regionally, and nationally, including Off-Broadway. For more information, please visit and @stlfringe.