Hamilton Fringe Festival

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

ALERT: Arts Education Initiative

The ALERT Program  (Artistic Leadership and Entrepreneurial Training Program)

ALERT is an 8 month-long professional development program designed for emerging artistic leaders, 19 years and over who want to help redefine the theatre culture in Hamilton. 
Selected participants work with theatre artists and mentors to develop their artistic and producing skills, attend a diverse range of cutting-edge performances throughout the region, and help to produce the site-specific winter festival – Frost Bites.


  • Emerging artists, 19 years and over with less than 5 years professional experience
  • Preference will be given to local, new generation artists (19-30 years)
  • Aspiring arts leaders who are provoked by the possibilities in Hamilton and want to gain the skills to bring their work to life


  • Professional development workshops with top national theatre artists that focus on both artistic innovation and producing skills
  • Visioning and planning sessions for the site-specific winter festival Frost Bites
  • Group trips to influential productions in the current theatre season

Deadline to submit is June 28, 2019.

APPLY to be a part of the 2019-2020 ALERT Team!


Luis Arrojo is an actor, director and playwright working in the Hamilton area over the past 6 years and has taken part in the Hamilton Fringe every year since 2012. Luis took Theatre at York University and has had roles from Paris, Ontario to Oakville, from Grimsby to Ancaster including Antonio in Merchant of Venice (Hamilton Urban Theatre), Ty in Suburban Standoff (Peninsula Players), Signior Chapuys/Cardinal Wolseley in A Man For All Seasons (St. Joseph’s Arstfest), The Visitor in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (The Oakville Players), and Albany in King Lear (9M Theatre). Recently Luis has had the opportunity to participate in play development and workshops with Tarragon Theatre and Carlos Bulosan Theatre in Toronto and has recently had a short play (Fake News) produced at the HamilTEN Festival. Luis is Artistic Director of Hamilton-based independent theatre company, MIXED theatre whose first production was of the Governor General’s Award winning, Amigo’s Blue Guitar by Joan MacLeod of which Luis directed and produced. Luis has directed independent works for BRB Productions, Northern Lights Theatre Co., and also has stage managed for Chasing Shadows Productions. MIXED theatre’s mandate is to produce and develop culturally diverse works in Hamilton.

Beekaa Abraham aka BK is a dancer, choreographer, actor, and an MC (master of ceremony). Beekaa began his quest to entertain, explore and enlighten audiences at an early age while back in east Africa Oromia to be specific, which lead him all the way here to this wonderful golden horseshoe. After high school determent he set his eyes at Sheridan College and completed his one year of Performing Arts Preparation program and since then has performed and created original choreography for numerous shows, parties, events and Festivals in the Hamilton and GTA areas. As an assistant instructor and choreographer, Beekaa teaches as a part of Defining Movement Dance and providing workshops in dance and creative movement to elementary schools, high schools, youth organizations, community outreach programs and various charity organizations. One other major involvement and a brand ambassador Beekaa Abraham has been a part of is Hamilton World Music Festival where he is the primary host/ master of ceremonies for MATAPA since 2012. While there is more to do Beekaa Abraham is now on the radio waves for a short period of time on Lace Up Radio on 93.3 CFMU Tuesdays 6pm to 7:30pm.
Aaron Joel Craig is a director, actor and sometimes designer. He grew up in Edmonton, Albert and studied Theatre Performance at Redeemer University College.Directing credits include Your Own Sons and Finding Mr. Right with Same Boat Theatre, Conspiracy of Michael and Test for Reaching Symmetry, inbetween.places for Make Art Theatre, Power Play for Redeemer University and The End and the Beginning for ClipClop productions. Performing credits include Two Rooms for Same Boat Theatre, A Modicum of FreedomDon Quixote, and Orpheus with Make Art Theatre. Most days you can find him in Hamilton where he lives with his wife Cath and his daughter Georgia.
Khaleel Gandhi is a second-year student at McMaster University and a video, film and theatre artist. He is currently studying film, theatre, and multimedia arts, with an interest in narrative and experimental live theatre and time-based media. Khaleel has long had a passion for the arts and striving to improve the artistic community of wherever he goes. He has helped start a site-specific, contemporary theatre company in his hometown of Collingwood, Ontario, helping bring edgy Canadian classics and new devised pieces to the stage. He has also helped bring two different arts-based television and YouTube shows to the South Georgian Bay area, directing and hosting these pieces.
Rebekka Gondosch is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin’s M.Phil. in Theatre and Performance program, has a B.A. in Dramatic Arts and English Language and Literature from Brock University, and a B.Ed. from Redeemer University College. While living and studying in Ireland she focused her research on contemporary female playwrights and embodiments of violence in their works. Rebekka’s recent performances include Normal Shmormal at MindPLAY festival (Open Heart), Perfect Wedding (Village Players Toronto), and Annie (Theatre Ancaster). Upcoming performances include Ephemeral Home (Passing Through Theatre at Hamilton Fringe) and Chicago (Theatre Ancaster). Rebekka is also a full time high school Drama and English teacher in the Niagara region and is passionate about sharing her love of theatre with young artists. She is thrilled to be part of this year’s ALERT team and to contribute to the theatre scene in Hamilton, the city she calls home.
Victoria Hudson-Muir is an emerging theatre artist based in Southwestern Ontario. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Literature from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is currently a graduate student in Humber College’s Arts Administration & Cultural Management program. Victoria has been acting on stage for two decades. Most recently, she has been studying Meisner Technique with Robert Bellissimo. In addition, Victoria is an active member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada, having written plays such as The Second Self (Brantford Arts Block, Edmonton Fringe), Creating Frankenstein and The Dark Discovery of Sherlock Holmes (Bell Summer Theatre Festival). Recently, Victoria has delved into directing, having studied the craft through InspiraTO’s Director’s Academy and with Richard Rose at Tarragon Theatre. Directing credits include Pool Service (InspiraTO) and Snow White and Not the Usual Dwarves (Bell Summer Theatre Festival). She was also the Assistant Director for Five Alarm (Lighthouse Festival Theatre). Victoria was an Associate Director for Brant Theatre Workshops and is currently working in Public Relations at Ruthven Park National Historic Site.
Anthony Raymond Yu. A graduate of the joint program in Theatre and Drama Studies at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, Anthony is a multi-disciplinary artist with experience in acting, singing, and circus. He has co-written and performed with the Filipino-Canadian theatre company Carlos Bulosan Theatre, and the interactive children’s theatre company Pirate Life. In 2017, he founded his company rejzndkliv [pronounced: RAY-zind-kleev] when he debuted in directing and producing with DOG SEES GOD at the Hamilton Fringe Festival. In 2018, his company performed with the Toronto Festival of Clowns. Anthony is thrilled and honoured to be back in the Hammer as a part of the 2018/19 ALERT Program.

Dylan Vandemaele is an actor, singer and dancer who graduated from Glendale Secondary School taking part in their specialized arts program. Dylan is thrilled to be a part of this years ALERT team to further expand his skills in production, He co-wrote the #MYPATHMYWAY Project (2017) with his peers in his last year of high school and has since been interested in developing productions of his own. Dylan has been passionate about the arts from a young age and got a chance to perform In his first professional production A Few Good Men (2017) at Theatre Aquarius. Some of his other theatre credits include; The Secret Garden (2018), Fame: The Musical (2017),Tarzan: the Broadway musical (2016) and much more. Additional training in the arts include 3 years of classes at Theatre Aquarius, on-camera acting at Hamilton Film Center, and various workshops  in musical theatre. He also received the Sir Evelyn Wrench award for his performance in the Shakespeare On Platform Competition (2015). Dylan is currently an assistant urban/hip hop instructor at Define Movement Dance Studio and is rehearsing for a piece he’ll be performing in for the 2018 Dusk Dances Festival.



2017-2018 Participants: 

Krista Colosimo, Michael Kras, Lily Sutherland, Emma Grafham, Stephanie Hope Lawlor, Jamie Milay

2016-2017 Participants: 

Adam Lemieux, Adam Bryan, Carlyn Rhamey, Claudia Spadafora, Rose Hopkins, Jesse Horvath