Cultural Leadership Breakfast: Capital Fringe’s Julianne Brienza, June 16 

On Thursday, June 16, just five days before Capital Fringe Festival tickets go on sale, Founding Director Julianne Brienza will speak as part of The Georgetowner’s Cultural Leadership Breakfast Series, sponsored by Long & Foster and Balfour Senior Living. 

At this year’s Capital Fringe Festival, to be held over two weekends — July 14 to 17 and July 21 to 24 — more than 250 theater artists will present original comedy and theater performances reflecting current issues. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the festival is relocating to specially designed 51-seat venues in Georgetown Park, the mixed-use complex on the 3200 block of M Street NW. 

A Montana native who earned her theater BFA at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Brienza was inspired to create the festival by working for FringeArts in Philadelphia. After moving to D.C. and helping launch the Flashpoint arts incubator, she founded Capital Fringe in 2005 as an arts nonprofit celebrating cultural democracy. The first festival took place the following year. Both she and Capital Fringe have won Mayor’s Arts Awards, among other honors.  

The June 16 breakfast will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Tabard Inn, 1739 N St. NW. Admission to $30, payable in advance via Eventbrite. To purchase tickets, click HERE 




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