IndyFringe was awarded a two-year $100,000 grant for capacity building from the Nina Mason Pulliam Trust. The grant will allow for the appointment of an associate director to assume the responsibilities of festival management
We are happy to announce that George Wallace, Executive Director of the Orlando Fringe, has accepted the position as Associate Director with The Indianapolis Theatre Fringe (IndyFringe) commencing April 1, 2017.
“George brings with him a wealth of knowledge, skills and national and international fringe connections to meet all our objectives. He has the passion for and commitment to the Fringe movement which is very much part of the job” said Joanne Sanders, Board Chair of IndyFringe. “The timing was perfect. Our President/CEO, Pauline Moffat, collaborated with Board Treasurer, Rosemary Dorsa in applying for the grant” Sanders said. Moffat was instrumental in nurturing a relationship with George, who was in Indianapolis for the August festival. When she learned he was considering a change, she began discussions with the Board to move forward on the Associate Director position.
Moffat, who has been with the organization for twelve years can now focus more on leadership, creative vision, resource development and developing earned income streams. The Board is looking forward to enhancing the festival and ensuring the organization’s sustainability.
IndyFringe is a proud member of the United States Association of Fringe Festivals (USAFF)www.fringefestivals.us, the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) www.fringefestivals.com and The World Fringe Congress http://www.worldfringe.com/congress
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust seeks to help people in need, especially women, children and families; to protect animals and nature; and to enrich community life in the metropolitan areas of Indianapolis and Phoenix. The Trust provides grants to nonprofit organizations that focus on the philanthropic interests and causes Nina Pulliam supported during her lifetime. Further, the Trust seeks to embody her values by encouraging people to take advantage of opportunities that enhance the quality of their lives.
George Wallace began his career with the Fringe as a volunteer when he moved to Orlando from Boston, Massachusetts in 2002. George became a member of the Orlando Fringe staff as the festival Volunteer Coordinator in December of 2007. After two years leading the volunteers he rose to Director of Operations and shortly after, was named General Manager. In 2014, Wallace was promoted to the position of Executive Director. He is the only member of the Orlando Fringe staff to win the “Spirit of The Fringe” award, an honor he was awarded twice. George has resigned his position and will depart Orlando Fringe in early 2017.
History of the Orlando Fringe
The Orlando Fringe is the longest running Fringe Festival in the United States, celebrating 24 years as “Orlando’s most unique cultural experience”. The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival was created in 1991 by Terry Olson (now Director of the Orange County Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs), Andy Anthony and Rick Kunst. The first festival was held in 1992 in downtown Orlando, with most venues being created in empty storefronts specifically for the festival. This continued until 2004, when the festival was split between downtown Orlando and Loch Haven Park. The move to Loch Haven proved a success and so, from 2005 on, the festival has been entirely in Loch Haven Park and the beautiful Ivanhoe Village neighborhood.
Quote from Orlando Fringe Board
“Working with George has been a great pleasure. He has done an incredible job encouraging and nurturing the growth of the Orlando Fringe.”, said Joyce Arbucias on behalf of the Fringe Board. “His incredible work ethic, his enthusiasm for every project he takes on, and of course his unwavering dedication to the Fringe will be sorely missed.”
Quote from Co-founder of the Orlando Fringe
“George has done a great job of making a sustainable business of the Fringe and he will be sorely missed”, said Terry Olson, Co-founder of The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.
Quote from President and CEO of United Arts of Central Florida
“George has done an incredible job with the well-managed, growth and evolution of the Fringe Festival in Orlando.”, says Flora Maria Garcia, President, and CEO of United Arts of Central Florida. “Through his leadership, the Festival has steadily grown its budget and audiences, making the Fringe Festival one of the most popular cultural happenings in Central Florida… He leaves big shoes to fill.”