Hamilton Fringe

Now in its 18th season, the Hamilton Fringe creates a platform for independent, emerging, and established theatre artists in Hamilton.

ALERT: Arts Education Initiative

The ALERT Program  (Artistic Leadership and Entrepreneurial Training Program)

NEW: ALERT workshops open to the public

Workshop 1—Beyond Livestream: Approaches to Digital Performance with digital theatre maker Adrienne Wong on Wednesday, October 21st at 3pm EDT.
Adrienne Wong, Artistic Director of Spiderwebshow Performance and co-curator of FOLDA, will show some of her work in digital theatre, and shares some frameworks for creating performance in public space, specific sites, your smartphone or laptop, and beyond. Adrienne Wong’s work straddles theatrical and digital space. She has performed in former morgues, current science centres, midnight art galleries, and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
Workshop 2—Site-Specific Work for Extraordinary Times with site-specific theatre specialist Kim Collier on Wednesday, October 28th at 7pm EDT.
Kim Collier talks about the theatricality of space and the potential for surprise in site-specific work. She will offer examples of site-specific work staged in a variety of spaces—from immersive large-scale work to intimate shows in small spaces. She will discuss the great potential for site-specific work in the time of COVID-19 and will take questions following this seminar-style class.
Register to join these interactive workshops and watch live! A recording of both workshops will be made available to participants who cannot attend the live session.
Presented as part of the ALERT program by Hamilton Fringe, with support from the incite Foundation for the Arts. Registration fees range from $2-$15.
These workshops are recommended for artists considering applying to Frost Bites 2021.


ALERT is a professional development program designed for emerging artistic leaders, 18 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/access a diverse range of cutting-edge performances throughout the region. In 2020-2021, the ALERT team will have the opportunity to create and/or perform in the annual Frost Bites festival. Sessions will be held remotely/online. 


  • Emerging artists, 18 years and over with less than 5 years professional experience
  • Preference will be given to local, new generation artists (18-30 years)
  • Aspiring arts leaders and theatre creators 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, the Monologue Slam, and professional development workshops for the community
  • Access to influential productions in the current theatre season


THE 2020-2021 ALERT TEAM

Born and bred in her favourite city Hamilton, Carly Anna Billings is a mixed queer second generation Italian-Canadian Annishinabek performer. She is grateful for and owes everything to the first peoples of this land acknowledged and unacknowledged, recorded and unrecorded. Carly holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Acting) from the University of Ottawa and has been fortunate enough to begin her career on various stages from Hamilton to Charlottetown and back again. An actor, singer, mover, creator, writer and storyteller, she is passionate about the power of people, language and theatre and their abilities and challenges in bringing us all together.


Sophie Hughes is an emerging artist from Ancaster, Ontario. Sophie is a first-year student at the University of Guelph, in the Bachelor of Arts Honours program. Her major is in Theatre Studies and she also plans to minor in both History and Arts Management. Sophie’s primary area of artistic practice is acting, and she has an interest in producing, stage managing, and marketing. She has taken part in fifteen musical theatre productions, holding roles both on and off stage. This year, Sophie was awarded the Theatre Ancaster Drama Award, recognizing her contributions to Arts programming in her high school and community. She has also been involved with Hamilton’s Curtain Call Performing Arts Company and Connect Theatre Project. Acting credits include Mamma Mia, Cabaret, and Big Fish. Sophie is ecstatic to be a part of this year’s ALERT team!
Manisha Maharajh is an actor and singer who lives in Hamilton. She is currently in her first year of her Master of Education in Adult Education and Community Development at the University of Toronto. She has a particular interest in exploring how the arts can be used to develop and create connections within the community. Her most recent theatre credits include NOW (2020), a digital devised theatre piece in the Hamilton Fringe, and Theatre Ancaster’s production of Mamma Mia! (2019). Manisha is excited and grateful to start creating theatre with the ALERT team! 
Mykola Paskaruk is a designer and performer, fresh and out of McMaster University. Their artistic background is largely in musical performance, but their more current pursuits have extended to theatre. In pursuing their interest in the tactile and the visceral, they have been immersed in not only the performative, but also the creative and tech sides of theatre in both Hamilton and Toronto. They are now looking to sustain this approach through the digital age, and from a safe distance. Their recent credits include: OMyth (2020), their thesis; Bad Ideas (2019), at the Hamilton Fringe; and Re:mind (2019), McMaster HPS.
Olivia ‘Margo’ Prunean is a Hamilton based actor who has worked on various local stages in productions ranging from Shakespeare and musical theatre to independent and Hamilton Fringe offerings. She oversaw five seasons of HUTA’s Shakespeare Summer Camp and hopes to contribute to the creation of similar programs that engage with Hamilton’s future artists and give back to the community. Olivia is also a playwright and had widened her theatrical experience through producing, directing, set dressing, and construction. She is passionate about furthering her arts education and is optimistic about living a life full of theatre.
Kit Simmons (she/her) is an actor, creator, writer, part-time technician, and educator. Her work explores ambition, shame, and personal problems experienced publicly. Her identity as a queer woman influences the politic of her work, and her training has ranged from classical voice work to ballet to clown – a cross-disciplinary approach is at the heart of all of her work.. Recent theatre credits: Conversations Around the Table (OpenHeartArts), Babel-o-Drome (collectifbus123/Element Choir), Moving Parts Choir (Fujiwara Dance Projects), The Infinity Machine (Humber Theatre/Sharon B. Moore), seeds (Impetus Theatrel), Out of the Shadows (Paprika Festival).


2019-2020 Participants: 

Nathalie Cortes, Olivia Hopen, Matthew Lazaris-Brunner, Micaela Morales, Rachel Offer, Ryan Percival

2018-2019 Participants: 

Luis Arrojo, Beekaa Abraham, Aaron Joel Craig, Khaleel Gandhi, Rebekka Gondosch, Victoria Hudson-Muir, Anthony Raymond Yu, Dylan Vandemaele

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


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