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Rogue Festival Applications Go Live the First Saturday in October!

Rogue Festival is for anyone with a voice and passion who wants to find an audience. ANYONE. All you need is an idea for a show, the venue and application fees, and the chutzpah to to put yourself out there.


Rogue Festival is inclusive and uncensored. We accept applications on a first-come, first-served basis until the local and out-of-town performer slots are filled.  There is no judging for quality of the material and Rogue doesn’t control or filter the artist’s content. We allow the performers to present their material and the audience to decide what is worth their time and money.


Once your application is confirmed, Rogue Festival will assign the artist to a venue and the artist can then develop their idea into compelling, challenging, and innovative art for Fresno’s most adventurous audiences. 100% of the ticket sales for the performer’s show goes right back to the performer.

The artist sets the ticket prices, however Mainstage prices are capped at $10 and Cafe prices are capped at $5.


Application Open Date:

Applications open at 12:45 PM on Saturday, October 3rd and remain open until midnight.


Where to apply:



Live Application Event - If you’re a local performer, consider joining Rogue Festival producers at Mia Cuppa Caffe at 12 p.m. to get support through the application process.


Need help with the application? Call 559-514-6715


The General Application Process:

  • Submit your application information and application fee. Applications open October 3rd at 12:45 p.m. and remain until midnight. (Tip: Apply as early as possible as slots often fill up quickly. A waiting list will be maintained in case any slots open up.)

  • Receive confirmation of your performance slot and assigned venue, along with information regarding deadlines for paying your venue fee.

  • After all venue fees are paid on time, Rogue performers are fully confirmed and will receive further instructions for the remainder of the year regarding publicity, events, and schedules for Rogue 2016.


What you need to apply:

  • Contact Information

  • Company or Artist Name

  • Show Genre

  • Brief Show Description (100 words or fewer)

  • Venue Preference

  • Availability on Rogue Dates or Special Performance Requests

  • $25 Application Fee- paid by credit card (PayPal also accepted online)


This is preliminary application information. Finalized information will be requested from confirmed Rogue performers later in the year.


Venue Information:

MAINSTAGE – usually seats 50-100 and has general lighting wash, one special, a basic sound system, and a technician supplied. $FEE: $525. Time limit: 60 minutes


Dianna’s School of Dance  - Seats approximately 90 on risers. Open stage - ballroom floor surrounded by black pipe and drape.

Mia Cuppa Caffe - Seats approximately 80 in large back-room of coffee house. 12 x 8 foot stage* on platform, raised 18 inches. Mia Cuppa is a full-service cafe in front of house.

The Voice Shop - Seats approximately 65 in intimate storefront theater space. Stage 12 x 8 foot stage* on platform raised 12 inches.

* (approximate size)


CAFE – usually seats around 30-50 and has limited or no tech. A general wash of light, a mic and a PA are set up for the performance. $FEE: $175. Time limit: 45 minutes

Spectrum Art Gallery - An open-plan art gallery seating 30-50.

Fulton Street Art - A small, storefront art gallery seating 30-50. Very intimate.


CAFE PLUS– Veni Vidi Vici! This year we are excited to announce our Cafe PLUS, which offers everything a Cafe offers PLUS a larger seating capacity of 70! The Vini Vidi Vici space is on their outdoor back patio, canopy covered, with cabaret-style seating. Vini Vidi Vici is a full service restaurant and bar inside. $FEE: $275.


Anyone with an idea and something compelling to communicate is welcome to apply to the 15th Annual Rogue Festival. We strive to present a variety of styles, voices, and points of view from truly independent performers. Your voice is needed, wanted, and we can’t wait to hear what you have to say!


Get the show on the Rogue in 2016! March 4-12, 2016 in Fresno’s Tower District.

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