For several years, MSUM graduates have appeared in various capacities in The Minnesota Fringe Festival, the largest non-juried festival in the United States, and the third-largest in North America. The festival provides opportunities for aspiring actors, directors and producers to gain exposure and experience. 

The 2016 festival featured 168 shows, 869 performances and drew more than 47,000 audience members. Held Aug. 4-14 in Minneapolis, the 2016 festival featured four MSUM alumni: actor Matthew Englund as Gilligan in Gilligan: A Tropical Musical, actor Tyler Michaels in Lewis/Clark, and Michael Johnson and Elliott Heerman as producers in Letters.