FRIGID is proud to produce many festivals throughout the year, featuring diverse work from diverse artists. Our festivals provide platforms for new and emerging artists as well as old friends and bring together artists who may otherwise never have met. Friendships are formed and memories made at each of our festivals.

The FRIGID Festival

FRIGID is our flagship festival and something we all look forward to. It is an open and uncensored theatre festival that gives artists an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of our Indie Theater Community, 100% of box office proceeds go directly to the artists whose work is being presented. FRIGID is here to chill out the New York independent theatre scene’s ideas of what a theatre festival can be! FRIGID runs from mid-February to mid-March.

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The Fire This Time Festival

The African American experience is not represented solely by one voice or one style. FRIGID New York and The Fire This Time Festival provide a platform for talented early-career playwrights of African and African American descent to explore challenging new directions for 21st century theater. Learn more.



The EstroGenius Festival, the longest running festival celebrating the work of women and gender non-conforming artists in NYC, returns for a fourth year at The Kraine Theatre of E. 4th St. Begun in Manhattan Theatre Source in 2000 as a short-play festival, the festival has launched and supported hundreds of artists in its 19 years and continues through the generous support of FRIGID New York. 

In concurrence with the inclusive values the festival was founded on, this executive team focuses on art generated, written, directed, choreographed, composed and performed by artists who expand the definition of a women’s festival.  The producers strive to create a full, empowering, festival dedicated to a community that hears, sees and celebrates women, gender non-conforming and non-binary artists in all of their dynamic diversity.

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Queerly is our annual LGBTQAI+ festival, curated by staff members Kevin R. Free and Jimmy Lovett. Queerly strives to provide a diverse line-up, both in terms of artists and the art they create. Queerly runs in June. Learn more.

Gotham Storytelling Festival

Now in its tenth year, the Gotham Storytelling Festival brings together diverse storytellers to do what they do best. Whether you’re looking to escape into someone else’s story, to commiserate with an artist, or to dive into what makes this year so insufferable, Gotham has something for you. Join legendary hitters and new friends for an international event that’s sure to alleviate some of the year’s aches. Gotham runs in November. Learn more.


FunnYmmigrants is a stand-up comedy festival that features immigrant and first-generation comedians from all over the world. It is curated by Lucie Pohl of Immigrant Jam, and runs in January at Under St. Marks. Learn more.


The Shakesolo Festival features Bard-inspired solo performances. Revisit both the beloved and maligned plays of Shakespeare via the perspectives brought by ambitious women, victims of abuse, and internet personality quizzes. Learn more.

Burlesque Blitz

The Burlesque Blitz Festival is the shock of energy your system needs in the heart of the holiday season. It is produced by the Guilty Pleasures Cabaret and runs at the end of December. Learn more.

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