Knox Fringe February Meet Up Recap

Moxie Easton of The Ooh Ooh Revue and John Camp of Salomé Cabaret hosted this meeting at Modern Studio on February 23, 2017. After a round of introductions from all attendees and the welcoming of newcomers, the discussion began with a review of January’s goals (website, logo, and social media).

  • Development of the site is underway.The site has been created, the domain has been purchased and it should go live in the next few weeks.
  • Currently, the event calendar is being updated manually by Keri McClain. If you would like to submit and event that is missing, send Keri the details through Facebook Messenger or the KFARTS Group. Event submission through the website is in development.
  • Blog content is the next goal for the website. Suggestions for blog posts include spotlight posts, interviews, reviews, etc. Suggestion made for a meetup for people interested in blogging. Keri McClain will schedule that meetup.
  • Suggestion to add an education section of the site.
Suggested Knox Fringe Events & Workshops
  • Stitch & Bitch – a sewing get-together hosted by Anne Atomic and Brattie von Beaverhausen
  • Fringe Academy (Fringestitute) – suggested Ted-talk-esque event about different fringe arts and disciplines
  • Knoxville Sports and Social Club – Pan d’Orable will gauge interest in putting a team together for this Knoxville club.
  • Fringe Arts Field Day – lots of interest from attendees for this idea. Would take place twice a year in spring and fall, possibly early May for first event. Scavenger hunt suggested as part of event. Pan d’Orable will head up this event.
Branding and Media
  • A new Knox Fringe logo has been created by Keri McClain and is now available for use. The previous logo, created by Rhoda Dairyheir is also available for use.
  • Samantha Brown is working on a press release
  • Pan d’Orable will head up the Knox Fringe Street Team
  • Attendees were encouraged to invite friends to like the Knox Fringe Facebook fan page and submit events for publicity on the page by sending a message to the fan page or emailing Attendees were also given the option to be added to the closed Knox Fringe Arts Facebook group at sign-in.
Events & Groups of Interest
  • Knoxville Theatre Club
    • KTC has built an extensive directory of artists and venues on their site. plans to link to this info in some way.
    • If you know of a company that should be in the directory, submit through the Knoxville Theatre Club website or their Facebook page.
    • Like and share the Knoxville Theatre Club website or their Facebook page.
  • Sideshow Fringe Festival (Nashville)
    • Festival runs July 27-August 6
    • They are currently taking applications. For info, visit
  • Second Bell Festival
    • Previously the Blank Fest Fringe Fest
    • Festival is on August 19, venue TBD
    • Will feature burlesque, poetry slam, and other fringe arts
    • Burlesque acts by audition in mid-April. Contact for auditions. Other acts should contact Zac Fallon. Ideas for podcasts or other festival ideas, contact Zac Fallon.
  • Tickled by Ooh Ooh Revue
    • Every 3rd Thursday beginning March 16 at Cocoa Moon, doors at 8p
    • Raffle prizes from fringe community, to donate contact Moxie Easton
    • For info and to register, contact Moxie Easton
  • Cattywampus Puppet Council
    • Hosting the Appalachian Puppet Pageant as part of the Open Streets Project, Sunday, May 21, 2-6p
    • Siren Santina expressed interest in collaboration on a puppet for the event
    • For info and to register, visit
  • Live Band-backed Burlesque Show
    • This event is in development by Zac Fallon, details forthcoming
  • Salome Cabaret Burlesque Academy
    • 2017 classes begin May 4
    • This year there will be one class per week for 8 weeks
    • For info and to register, visit
  • Secret Showgirl Workshops
    • Presented by Ooh Ooh Revue at Modern Studio
    • Upcoming workshops include working with boas and trick fan techniques
    • For info and to register, visit The Ooh Ooh Revue Facebook page
  • Showgirl Confidential
    • Presented by Ooh Ooh Revue
    • Class series for women and men about characterization, not necessarily burlesque focused
    • For info and to register, visit The Ooh Ooh Revue Facebook page
  • Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival
  • LUXE Weekend
    • 2nd annual women-powered performance art weekend, April 7-8
    • For info and to register, visit
  • Bear It All Casting Call
    • Looking for make performers of the hairy variety (bears, cubs, otters, scruffy, wolves, foxes, etc.) for the fall show
    • For info and to register, visit the Bear It All Facebook page


At the end of the meeting, action and focus items were set for next month, including blog content, the Knox Fringe Open House, and the Community Showcase.

  • Keri McClain will schedule a meetup for people interested in blogging for the website.
  • The Open House is scheduled for March 23, 7:30-9:30 at Modern Studio. Tables for each group will be set up for promotion, with a table rental fee suggested. Contact Pan d’Orable for information on securing tables and performance slots. Performances and refreshments are possible for the event and a table decorating contest was suggested.
  • The Community Showcase is March 18 at The International. To apply for a performance slot, email by Sunday evening. There will be a raffle, with proceeds going to Knox Fringe. The prize will be a Basket Full of Fringe, containing gifts from the fringe community. Send donations to
  • Suggestion to vote to elect a board of directors at the next meeting.

Our next meet-up is hosted by Marble City Performance Company, scheduled for March 30, venue TBD.

Knox Fringe January Meet Up Recap

Siren Santina of Salomé Cabaret hosted this meeting at Urban Bar on January 19, 2017. After a round of introductions from all attendees, the discussion began with a review of existing Knox Fringe resources.

Items of Discussion

A Facebook fan page has been created and there is also a closed Facebook group for members to join, lovingly called KFARTS, short for Knoxville Fringe Arts. Attendees were given the option to join the group at sign-in and were encouraged to invite friends to like the fan page and submit events for publicity on the page by emailing or sending a message to the Knox Fringe Facebook page.

The conversation continued with the review of potential objectives from the original attempt to start the group, circa 2015.

  • Community website,

    • logo & branding
    • events calendar
    • performer/producer/venue directory
    • fringe arts blog
    • casting calls
    • It is important to find a platform that, once built, can be maintained by multiple contributors. Informal poll of currently used platforms included WordPress, Weebly, and Strikingly. Also discussed potential addition of coordinated mobile app.
  • Community workshops & classes
    • Auditioning
    • Hosting/Emceeing
    • Improvisation
    • Intro to Video/Making a Reel
    • Merch/Promo Items
    • Photoshop/Flyer Making
    • Social Media
  • Community Salon/Peer Review/Open Stage
    • Multi-disciplinary open stage and feedback session, potentially using one of The Ooh Ooh Revue’s open nights at Modern Studio to facilitate
  • Open Mirror Event
  • Stitch and Bitch
  • Photo Club
    • Inspired by the Atlanta Photographer’s Guild (APG), a potential open photo shoot or crowd-funded photo shoot open to members of the fringe community
  • Fringe arts presence in local media
    • While each of our individual disciplines may not have enough of a following to warrant a devoted section or segment in local papers or news broadcasts, our combined presence is significant enough to garner attention. How can we leverage our existing contacts and press opportunities to create a bigger spotlight on our community as a whole?
    • Shared press contacts list
  • Fringe Arts Fair/Open House
    • Event suggested where fringe arts organizations and performers would set up tables with business cards, swag, etc. for interested parties to peruse at a First Friday-type event. Event could include sample performances and/or classes.
    • Note: We would like to avoid First Friday scheduling, due to the standing Ooh Ooh Revue performance schedule.
  • Community handbills/Street Team
    • Discussed the potential crowd funding of community calendars/flyers. Alternatively, if an individual Producer/Organization wanted to finance a community calendar, the back side could be used to feature that Producer’s/Organization’s event(s).
    • Also discussed combined resources for distribution of marketing materials, both of the community at large and individual productions.

Action/Focus Items

At the end of the meeting, action and focus items were set for next month. By attendee vote, is top priority for 2017. Potential logo/branding concepts will be posted to the Facebook group and made available for inclusion on show flyers and websites.

Our next meet-up will be hosted by Moxie Easton of The Ooh Ooh Revue, scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 7:30 pm at Modern Studio.