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FRIGID New York is a nonprofit that gives independent artists the opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of Indie Theater Community, 100% of their annual FRIGID Festival’s box office proceeds will go directly to the artists whose work is being presented. The festival’s mission is to chill out the New York independent theatre scene’s ideas of what a theatre festival can be.  

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FRIGID produces festivals year-around throughout New York City including the FRIGID Festival, Midsummer Nights Shakespeare Festival, The Fire This Time, Queerly Festival, Gotham Storytelling Festival, EstroGenius, and Funny Immigrants. The annual FRIGID Festival, the first of its kind in New York City, is an entirely open, uncensored indie festival in which the artists keep 100% of their box office earnings. Applications are submitted between September and October 31st. The first fifteen shows to apply are accepted, and the remaining 15 are chosen by lottery. There is a $800-$1100 fee for a five performance run, and a $35 entry fee. FRIGID provides the theater, a technician, administrative support, a ticketing platform, and basic publicity. Artists keep all box office proceeds, and tickets can not be more than $20. More details on the website. The Fire This Time Festival was founded by playwright Kelley Nicole Girod to provide rising playwrights of African and African American descent a platform to write and develop new work. The Fire This Time Festival has evolved into an annual January event and continues to grow, expanding upon its core short play presentations to offer panel discussions, staged readings, a playwright’s lab and other programs. The Festival has become a destination for diverse audiences, producers, and artists seeking new possibilities and opportunities in contemporary theater, as well as a haven for playwrights of the African Diaspora.  

Access to Space and Resources

FRIGID offers two performance space venues, The Kraine Theater and Under St. Marks (please check the websites for all specifics.) Rates between theaters are based on time, length of the event, and day of the week. Both are used for performance and rehearsal space. Rehearsal space is booked on a first come, first serve basis. Rehearsal must be canceled twenty-four hours in advance. Rehearsal bookings are subject to cancellation due to an evening performance in one of the theaters. If you are interested in booking the space for rehearsals or an upcoming performance, contact or visit Please include: the theater requested, general dates and times requested, project name, and your primary contact’s phone number, email address, and theater company name (if applicable). A Booking manager will be in contact shortly. No services (ushers, tech, box office) are included, however you are more than welcome to use the in-house platform (Stand Up Tix) to sell tickets, or hire one of our house techs (subject to availability) to support your production.