A Statement from Pacific Coast Stage Company

We at Pacific Coast Stage Company and the Nanaimo Fringe Festival stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and BIPOC artists.  We recognize that we have benefited from a system that undervalues BIPOC artists and we will  continue to educate ourselves, listen, learn, and support marginalized and oppressed BIPOC artists.

Pacific Coast Stage Company and the Nanaimo Fringe Festival work in partnership with local organizations Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society and Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre to consciously and actively work towards improving inclusivity for racialized communities in our annual programming.  These acts of allyship are a beginning; we are committed to how we can and need to do better and we welcome anyone to join us in our ongoing conversation.

~ Bryony Dixon, General Manager; Tamara McCarthy Board Chair, and the PCSC Board of Directors

The Show Must Go On… LINE!

In true Fringe fashion, Pacific Coast Stage Company is honouring theatre’s innate spirit of experimentation, creativity, and bold innovation by taking our tenth annual Nanaimo Fringe Festival online from August 11-15th, 2020. Celebrate our decennial Festival — at a distance — with all the long-standing joys of uncensored, unexpected and unforgettable Fringe performances broadcast straight to you!

“Adapting our little Fringe for the World Wide Web has demonstrated the resilience and utmost importance of the arts in times of global crisis. We look forward to connecting with new and existing audiences remotely this August, to share the ingenuity of our talented Artists in the face of current adversity.” 

— Bryony Dixon, PCSC General Manager

Log-on and tune-in to the @NanaimoFringe Facebook page for 5 evenings of streamed performances by local, Indigenous, national and international Artists with some ASL interpretation/captioning. Get involved with online viewing parties, or host your own comedy-club style gathering for those in your social bubble! Stay safe and connected (while enjoying a laugh or two) as we navigate the previously uncharted waters of digital Fringe-ing together.

View an incredible selection of digitally reimagined, experimental theatre from across Canada and beyond.

Voice your support for these innovative performers via online post-show Audience to Artist talkbacks. 

Vote for your Pick of the Fringe and catch an encore of the audience favourite following our online Wrap Party.


This year’s lottery selected lineup includes online adaptations of productions by local Artists: Connor Runnings, Willem Roelants, and Beholder Entertainment (recipient of the inaugural Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre cultural category sponsorship); Saanich based Handmade Ivy Productions and award winning Canadian poet/actor Sarah Wilson; plus International circus group A Good Catch, joining us all the way from Australia!

Directing & Dramaturgy Workshop | June 6th

Directing & Dramaturgy: Develop your Fringe show and take it to the next level!

Whether you already have a Fringe show, or are thinking about creating one, this is the workshop for you! A rare opportunity to join Tamara McCarthy and Nicolle Nattrass — who share over 50 years combined theatre experience and are both professional actors, directors, producers, playwrights and dramaturgs — and learn some tricks of the trade.

In this one day intensive, you will walk away with specific skills and techniques to enhance the quality and direction of your script and production. In order to make this unique workshop accessible to all, it is being offered for only $50 per participant! Attend on your own or with your team (playwright, actors, director).

With the gradual easing of restrictions in BC, we are delighted to be able to offer this workshop on June 6th, from 10am-4pm. We have a new venue given the need for maintained social distancing (Hub City Cinema Society studio, 15 Lois Lane, Nanaimo) and have capped attendance at 8 participants plus our two wonderful facilitators. 

We will be ensuring the space is thoroughly disinfected and will provide hand sanitizer to all participants. We have received a generous donation of hand-made face masks which will be available for a modest donation of $15, with all proceeds supporting the Nanaimo Fringe Festival during these challenging times for the performing arts sector. Masks are not mandatory and if you would rather bring your own, please feel free to do so.

This public workshop is generously sponsored by Romper Room Indoor Rock Climbing Centre, The Port Theatre and CineCentral Filmmakers Society