Can I be a Fringeketeer? Yes! 

There are 2 groups of people we could not live without: Sponsors and Volunteers.

If you are interested in becoming one of our illustrious Shenandoah Fringe sponsors or our invaluable corp of volunteers follow these to learn more!

Who works on this crazy boat?

Carmel Clavin

Photo by Pat Jarrett  

Photo by Pat Jarrett


Directorix & Grand High Poobah Extraordinaire

A performer & spectacle-maker from the North, I have made my home in Staunton, VA. With roots firmly in street theater and bellydance I have branched out to create Vaudeville, Shakespearean theatre, costume voodoo, & jam like its 1799 on the button accordion. I love to sing too loud, sling henna, and wear grand hats. 

Spectacle & Mirth is my production house for the Teacup Cabaret, The Marvelous Mechanical Maiden, The Marvelous Mechanical Mata Hari, and I am the founder and head tea maker of The Kettle.

Melissa Huggins


Box Office Manager aka Number One.

From the New Jersey/Philadelphia area, Melissa holds a BA in English Literature from Arcadia University, an MA in Shakespearean Studies, from King's College London, and an MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College.

She has interned with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London; the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA; and the ASC in Staunton, VA.

She's totally met ninjas!

Pat Jarrett


Art Tzar

Pat Jarrett is a photographer and editor working with the Virginia Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. His work has also been published by the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian in London, National Public Radio and The Christian Science Monitor among others. He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and CNN. His work has also been recognized by the Virginia News Photographers' Association and the Horizon Interactive Awards. 

Jarrett is married to a fire-breathing seamstress and prefers two-wheeled transportation to four any day of the week. He believes the low-and-slow method is best for cooking meat, luck is a manifestation of hard work and daily newspaper photography is a surreal art form.


in search of...


Volunteer Organizer

Someone on the ground on the days of the festival to help organize the crew of this boat. Also in charge of collecting, wrangling, and training people before the festival. COULD THIS BE YOU????


Buster Britches

Photo by Norm Shafer

Photo by Norm Shafer

Marketing & Social Media Magician

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