5-Minute Fringe 2022

wRESTling-fringe 2022

Reading Theater Project’s 7th annual 5-Minute Fringe Festival offers artists a platform to create new work, develop and explore ideas, challenge their own expectations, and collaborate with an artistic community. 

The Festival will be held in person at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education’s Schumo Theater from February 24 – 27, 2022.

Tickets will go on sale at the end of January.  Sign up for our email list to stay informed! 

It’s not too late to sign up as an actor or director!  APPLY

Each year we choose a theme to unify the performances in the Fringe Festival. This year, the theme is wRESTling

Covid-19 policy

Reading Theater Project’s COVID-19 Policy: all individuals involved in the production are required to be fully vaccinated. Masks will also be required at all in-person Creative Labs prior to Tech Week and will be required backstage. Participants will be asked to provide proof of vaccination at the first Creative Lab that they attend.

For performances, in accordance with the policy of the venue, the Yocum Institue, audience members will be required to wear masks. No concessions will be offered for sale, but bottled water will be available for free.


  • Weekly Creative Labs offer artists the opportunity to share their works-in-progress and receive constructive feedback on their work throughout their process. We ask that you come prepared to share and ask for the feedback you need.  Our goal is to empower you through working with an artistic community. 
  • Performers may attend all of the Creative Labs but MUST attend at least TWO
    • Tuesday, January 25, 6:30 PM – In-Person
    • Tuesday, February 1, 6:30 PM – In-Person
    • Tuesday, February 8, 6:30 PM – In-Person
    • Saturday, February 12, noon – Online, Zoom
    • Tuesday, February 15 – 6:30 PM – In-Person

All in-person Creative Labs will be held at the Holy Cross United Methodist Church, located at 329 N. 5th Street, Reading, PA 19601. Parking is available in a lot behind the building on Church St. If it is your first time visiting, you will need to make sure you get one of the pink Visitor Parking signs to put on your dashboard. These can be obtained upon your arrival.


  • Technical Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 23, beginning at 6:30 PM. All participants are expected to attend. 
  • The performance dates are Thursday through Saturday, February 24 – 26, 8:00 PM each night, and Sunday, February 27, 2:00 PM. Call times for these dates will come at a later date.

All Technical Rehearsals and Performances will be held at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education located at 3000 Penn Avenue, West Lawn, PA 19609. Please park in the lower lot and enter through the stage door at the back of the building.



  • Saturday, December 18, noon – Virtual Information Meeting
  • Monday, January 3, 11:59 PM – Submission Deadline
  • Monday, January 10 – Offers Emailed
  • Tuesday, January 25, 6:30 PM – In-Person Creative Lab
  • Tuesday, February 1, 6:30 PM – In-Person Creative Lab
  • Tuesday, February 8, 6:30 PM – In-Person Creative Lab
  • Saturday, February 12, noon – Virtual Creative Lab
  • Tuesday, February 15, 6:30 PM – In-Person Creative Lab
  • Tuesday, February 22, 6:30 PM – Technical Rehearsal
  • Wednesday, February 23, 6:30 PM – Technical Rehearsal
  • Thursday through Saturday, February 24 – 26, 8:00 PM – Performances
  • Sunday, February 27, 2:00 PM – Performance, followed by Strike


  • Playwrights may submit a play and will be responsible for working with a director and actors to bring your production to life.  We will help connect you to a director and actors or you may contact your own.  
  • Directors and Actors may apply here to work on someone else’s project.  You will be contacted if you are a good fit.
  • Interested in crew or front-of-house support?  Please email info@readingtheaterproject.com with your interest