Beyond the Box

Beyond the Box

The exciting collaboration between Vibrant & Safe Downtown and Minnesota Fringe returns for another season of groundbreaking outdoor performances in 2020.

This exciting partnership between Vibrant & Safe Downtown and Minnesota Fringe provides local artists/companies with programming support for developing public performance in non-traditional theater spaces. Performances are free, open to the public and hosted #OnNicollet in downtown Minneapolis, including the Nicollet Theater in the Round outside the Mpls Central Library. Artists/companies participate in a experimental learning cohort with others and receive a performance fee, rehearsal space, and meeting/administrative workspace. The collaboration injects a spark of vitality and opportunities for convergence along Nicollet.  Beyond the Box spurs artistic development and speaks to an alternative solution for performers than traditional theaters.

Click here to sign up for Nicollet updates, including Beyond the Box artist calls, jury information, and the 2020 performance schedule.

The 2019 season featured BareBones Puppet Theater and Laura Korynta, and Enso Daiko and Micah Chermak, two exciting partnerships that featured accessible, free performances attended by 635 audience members outside the Mpls Central Library in the Nicollet Theater in the Round.

Audience surveys revealed that nearly 25% had not seen a single live performance in the past year, and nearly 50% had seen 2 or fewer. Responding to a list of adjectives to describe the performance, the top five vote getters were interesting 77%, beautiful 76%, energetic 74%, well done 73% and family-friendly 64%.


Beyond the Box is a partnership of Mpls Downtown Improvement District, Minnesota Fringe, Metro Regional Arts Council, Hennepin County Library, Clean water land legacy amendment

Fringe Beyond the Box is a partnership with Vibrant and Safe Downtown, Mpls Downtown Improvement District, and Minnesota Fringe, and is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.