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25 - 29 JUL 2018

About us

The Reading Fringe Festival is an award winning festival, started in 2013 by a marketeer, a producer and a writer. The Reading Fringe aims to support local emerging artists, provide an affordable platform for artists traveling up to the world famous Edinburgh Fringe and to welcome exciting, vibrant acts to the town from all of the world.

Since it was started, the Fringe has won the Pride of Reading Award for Cultural Contribution 2014, Festival of the Year at the inaugural Cultural Awards 2017 and was nominated for the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2015.

Festival Director - Zsuzsi Lindsay

Zsuzsi was one of the founding members of the Reading Fringe Festival. Since then, she has managed the Reading Year of Culture and started the Reading on Thames Festival. She is passionate about the arts, and about the power of the arts to unite, give confidence, educate, support an economy and create community. She is looking forward to continuing to build on the success of previous years of the Fringe, but also to link up more with cities, towns and villages all around the world.

Producer - Steph Weller

Steph is a freelance Producer and Production Manager, who enjoys ambitious projects with inspirational creatives, resourceful tech teams and ingenious stage managers. Although she travels to wherever she's needed, she particularly enjoys supporting other local companies Reading Between the Lines and Reading Rep, as well creating work with new company Working Birthday.

Technical Manager - David Riley

David runs eventu, an events production company and has been working behind the scenes since he was 14 on all kinds of shows, private parties for the stars and videos in some incredible venues all across Berkshire and London, including 2000+ seater theatres and big named 5 star hotels. He has been the lead technician for a professional theatre with pro shows, a local events venue (and its theatre) and numerous schools dealing with all sizes of productions. He specialises in lighting, video and other special effects. He also designs and builds websites.

Marketing Manager - Gemma Wells

Finance Manager - Penny Wenham

Finance Manager - Angela Wilcox

School Competition Coordinator - Trish Grimes

Venue Manager - Stan Barker

Volunteer Manager - Sarah Stuffins

Sarah has been involved with the Reading Fringe Festival since the very beginning, starting out with baby stewarding steps and progressing to Volunteer Manager from 2017 – so don’t stand still for too long or she'll be asking you to help out! Volunteering for charities and bringing enjoyment to others has been at the heart of much of what Sarah has done for fun since she was a teenager. Sarah started as part of a scheme to help disabled residents of a local home to get to church every week. Since then she's been involved with Save the Children, the National Childbirth Trust and, for the last 12 years, the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. You might be sensing a theme there – and one of Sarah's great hopes is to see the family programme of the Fringe grow year on year.

Volunteer Manager - Heather Noble

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Sponsorship Manager - Vacant

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Social Media Manager - Michelle Donkin

Michelle is an educator, producer and brand strategist. She is the joint Artistic Director of Cast Iron Theatre in Brighton. A writer to her core, she is all about narrative and helps Reading Fringe tell its story across social media. She believes in celebrating the work of all artists and theatre makers. She loves shouting about plays and events, messing about with tech and helping artists to find their audience.

Box Office Manager - Chris Moran

Chris is a playwright, actor and director who loves all aspects of theatre and is passionate about Fringe theatre in particular. Her play, Getting Over Steven, won Pick of the Reading Fringe in 2014 and she has a new piece in this year, Do My Boobs Look Big in This? She has been Box Office Manager for Reading Fringe for several years and loves the whole atmosphere Fringe week. In her spare time she works as a textile artist and German translator.