Hamilton Fringe Festival

An 11-day unjuried theatre festival that happens every summer in downtown Hamilton

Faces of the Fringe


Claire Calnan – Executive Director

Claire CalnanClaire is an actor, theatre-maker, and educator who has been working to help make the Fringe mightier since 2013. She studied English and Philosophy at U of T before traveling westwards to attend theatre school at Studio 58 in Vancouver. Claire worked with a whole bunch of young folk through The AMY Project (Artists Mentoring Youth) and has performed at a whole bunch of theatres including Tarragon, Soulpepper, Factory, Theatre Passe Muraille, and Theatre Aquarius. She is the recipient of a 2014 Harold Award, was nominated for the 2014 KM Hunter award, won the 2008 Crow’s Theatre Emerging Directors’ Award, and received a Chalmers Professional Development grant to support her studies of traditional theatre in Japan. Claire got her start in theatre at the Fringe. And she sometimes cuts her hair in a fringe.


Marilo Nuñez – General ManagerMariloNunez_headshot_RGB

Marilo is very happy to be part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival as the Interim Executive Director. Originally from Toronto, she has been working in theatre as a director, playwright, actor and arts administrator for over twenty years. She was the founder and Artistic Director of Alameda Theatre Company for ten years. Marilo’s first Fringe experience was right out of theatre school when she performed in Night of the Assasins by Jose Triana, playing one of three siblings who reenact the murder of their parents over and over again in a locked room. It was fun.





Mickey Wagg – Technical Director

After Years in Toronto working as a technician at Theatre Passe Muraille, Tarragon, Factory, and Buddies in Bad Times, Mickey eventually became the Technical Director at TPM. Alongside all of these roles, Mickey was perpetually a venue technician for the Toronto Fringe Festival and Toronto’s Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists. Mickey moved to Hamilton in 2008, where he became the Head of Lighting at Theatre Aquarius. After 6 seasons, and 6 years in Hamilton, Mickey is very excited to be a part of this festival and to help it grow as we move forward. From the fringe into the fray we go, and we couldn’t ask for a finer moment.