Fringe success stories


Watch Fringe alumni Trey Anthony's #StartedAtTheFringe story, as she visits the Tarragon Theatre for the first time since the premiere of her play Da Kink in My Hair at the 2001 Toronto Fringe Festival (refresh page if video does not load automatically).
Video by Primitive Replica
Shot by Eric Chan
Makeup by Krystal Chance
Special thanks to Trey Anthony, Tarragon Theatre, and the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre.

We thought it was a good time to sum up the success stories that have been surfacing again and again for recent Toronto Fringe artists. We are so proud of their achievements, and we are glad to have provided a platform along the way. Help artists like the ones featured below by making a donation to Fringe.

All images below are pictures taken from previous Toronto Fringe program books!

Photo of Kim's Convenience Creator: Ins Choi

I wanted to see my play on stage just once.

Ins Choi

More highlights from the Fringe’s many decades of success

The Drowsy Chaperone (Bob Martin and Don McKellar): was in the Toronto Fringe Festival in 1999. Following the Fringe staging, Toronto commercial theatre producer David Mirvish financed an expanded production at Toronto's 160-seat, independent Theatre Passe Muraille in 1999. It went on to Broadway in 2006.

‘Da Kink in My Hair (Trey Anthony): was in the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2001. Mirvish Productions picked it up for their 2005 season. It went on to runs in the US and UK after Mirvish. They also ran a TV series based on the show on Global TV from 2007 – 2009.

My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (David Hein and Irene Sankoff): was in the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2009. It was picked up by Mirvish Productions in 2009 and went on to an extensive North American tour.

The Musical of Musicals: The Musical (Eric Rockwell & Joanne Bogart): was in the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2013. It was picked up by Mirvish Productions in 2013.

Kim’s Convenience (Ins Choi): started at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival and was picked up by Soulpepper for numerous runs. Soulpepper and Thunderbird Films are now collaborating on a film and TV deal for the show.

Toothpaste and Cigars (TJ Dawe & Michael Rinaldi): was in Toronto Fringe 2003. It has been made into a feature film which premiered at TIFF 2013 under the title “The F Word”, and has now been released commercially under the title “What If?” – it stars Daniel Radcliffe & Zoe Kazan.

Top Gun! The Musical (Scott White): was in the 2002 Toronto Fringe Festival. It went from Toronto Fringe to commercial production at Factory Theatre, then was one of the shows that launched the first New York Musical Festival.

Killing Kevin Spacey (Elan Wolf Farbiarz): was in the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival. It went from Toronto Fringe to long run off-Broadway.

Michael Healy: got his start at Fringe (with a play called Kicked in the 1996 Fringe) and went on to pen one of the most-produced plays in Canadian history, The Drawer Boy.