Fundy Fringe Festival Announces New Director

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Drew Murdock will lead the festival into a new year of programming following a highly successful 2020 event that met and exceeded many COVID related challenges. 

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Murdock. Submitted photo.

Saint John’s Fundy Fringe Festival has announced a change to its organizational makeup. After many years in the director’s chair, Sarah Rankin is stepping down from the position. 

“It’s been an honour to work with the Saint John Theatre Company to help form the Fundy Fringe,” said Rankin. “I treasure all the amazing people I’ve gotten to work with: staff, volunteers, artists, community leaders and other festival and event managers. I know that the festival is in good hands.”

Sarah Rankin will be replaced as festival director by Drew Murdock. While new to this position, Murdock is no stranger to the operations of the festival having worked as the festival’s Technical Coordinator for the past three seasons. 

“I’m thrilled to be able to build off of Sarah’s great work and hope to grow the festival even more,” said Murdock. “I am looking forward to delivering as many in person shows as possible, but I am also very excited to continue live streaming our performances, allowing people from all over the country and beyond to experience our festival.” 

Over the past few years the Fundy Fringe Festival has grown to become one of the city’s flagship summer events bringing together artist from across Canada and beyond to participate in a week of limitless fun.

The Fundy Fringe Festival is an integral part of Saint John’s arts and culture scene,” said Murdock. “It gives local artists the opportunity to perform their own uncensored, unjuried works while backing them with the technical equipment, marketing expertise, and experience of the fringe festival staff and volunteers. It also brings in performers from across the world giving New Brunswickers the chance to see amazing works they might otherwise never even hear of.”

The 2021 Fundy Fringe Festival will take place in August. Exact dates and details coming soon at

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