Fringe changes lives!

Hey everybody. Sadie here, serving as Artist Liaison for this year’s Fringe. This is my first year on festival staff, but lemme tell ya, The Cincinnati Fringe Festival literally changed the course of my life.


Hey everybody. Sadie here, serving as Artist Liaison for this year’s Fringe. This is my first year on festival staff, but lemme tell ya, The Cincinnati Fringe Festival literally changed the course of my life.

It’s a long story, but I rolled through here as a wayward touring artist in 2007 and, you know, one thing led to another. When I met the city of Cincinnati I was living out of a car and ate Grape Nuts with my hand straight from the box for breakfast every day (and sometimes lunch but usually dinner too). I was touring an oddball little show that I helped create and was quite happy, living my (very nontraditional) version of the American Dream. But some kind of magic happened at the 2007 Cincinnati Fringe and our show, “Calculus: The Musical!” was such a success that they had us back. And back again. One thing led to another, The Queen City charmed and enticed me with her community of welcoming and supportive people I met at the Fringe Festival, and now I live and work here. And I can’t tell you how excited I am to be on staff for the 2009 Fringe!

I’ve been spending a lot of time this week prepping housing for the out-of-town artists coming in. I keep telling everyone to remind me never to open my own hotel because I am really not good at making beds for some reason. However, even though I’ve been doing a lot of hauling, cleaning and other grunt work lately, I’m happy for the opportunity to pay back a small chunk of the karmic hospitality debt I incurred during my days as a homeless performer. Touring a show is a very unique experience–one I’m so grateful to have had and one I’m so happy to be able to help others experience.

I can’t wait to meet all of you and to keep the magic of the Cincinnati Fringe coming! 🙂