FronteraFest 2023 is over, but check back in August 2023 for applications to FronteraFest 2024! Or feel free to click through and read about the glories that made up this year's festival.

FronteraFest 2023

Theatre from the Edge

"The fringe theater event of the Southwest!"
-Austin American Statesman

WE'RE BACK. That's right: it's time to heat up your winter nights again, this time with the 28th season of FronteraFest at Hyde Park Theatre. As always and ever, FronteraFest is five weeks of alternative, offbeat, new, and just plain off-the-wall fringe theatre. Too bad there's no actual way to expect the unexpected, because that is your only hope.

FronteraFest is produced in collaboration with ScriptWorks, a group dedicated to supporting emerging playwrights and developing new dramatic works.


2023 FronteraFest Sponsors!
Please give your thanks and patronage to our generous, marvelous, extremely good-looking 2023 FronteraFest sponsors:

  • New World Deli
  • The Parlor
  • Texas Folklore Society
  • Travis Heights Wine and Spirits
  • Worley Printing

    The Short Fringe
    January 17 - February 18, 2023
    at Hyde Park Theatre

    Every Tuesday-Friday night through February 11, we present a new, unjuried bill of four or five plays no longer than 25 minutes each. Brilliant monologues? Plays in progress? Comedy improv? Cabaret singers? Avant-garde dance? Short films? Multimedia? We've seen it all. See this year's complete Short Fringe listings and ticket links, updated frequently. Most nights will sell out, so don't delay.

    Every Saturday night through February 12 is a juried "Best of the Week" performance: these tickets go even faster, so grab your Best of Week tickets now.

    The final week of the festival, February 14-18, is the juried "Best of the Fest"--with a few wild cards thrown in. These tickets go fastest of all so get your Best of Fest tickets as soon as possible.

    PARTICIPANTS: We have a wait list for Short Fringe, and most of those on the wait list will indeed get to perform! Fill out and submit your application and payment via this Google Docs form.


    B.Y.O.V. (Bring Your Own Venue)
    January 29 - February 4, 2023

    The name says it all: participants bring not just their creative work but also their own venue. This year we have two exciting one-woman shows--séance or sluts? Take your pick (though why not both?):


    Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available during performances in the lot at 4315 Guadalupe Street, just north of The Parlor. You can drive through The Parlor's parking lot to reach it. Evening HPT parking also available at Kenneth's Hair Salon, just south of HPT, and at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them all for their generosity.

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    Many thanks to our season sponsor:
    New World Deli logo


    This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

    HPT is also funded by grants from The Still Water Foundation and Tocker Foundation.

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