For Artists

Want to Play the Fool with us? Here’s some stuff you should know.

The Play the Fool live festival is held annually the last weekend of September.

If you’re new to us, please read our mandate.

The 2021 Festival

In non-COVID times, the application for MainStage artists usually opens in January, and the Rookie Cabaret program application opens in April.

We hope and expect to gather in-person in 2021, but the virus doesn’t care about our regular schedule. All our programming timelines and decisions will be made with an abundance of caution, will depend on vaccine availability, and health & travel recommendations.

We recommend you signup for our newsletter to keep up-to-date about calls for acts and 2021 programming plans.

Past live festivals have served as a scouting ground for Cirque de Soleil, and have featured performances by; Mump & Smoot (Michael Kennard & John Turner); Deanna Fleysher (Butt Kapinski); Candace Roberts (LARRY); Iman Lizarazu; Jesse Buck; Jed Tomlinson & Jacqueline Russell (Sizzle & Spark); Pratik Motwani, James Peck & Sarah Peters (Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre); Amelia Van Brunt, Hercienda Arts Collective, Adam Keefe, Rebecca Merkely, Jake Tkaczyk, Alex Dawkins, Christine Lesiak, Allan Turner (Mullet), Chris Ross & Travis Bernhardt, Aytahn Ross (The Great Balanzo), The Grand Salto Theatre, and dozens of other professional and emerging performers.