About us

What is it?

The buffalo “infringement” festival is a non-profit-driven, non-hierarchical grassroots endeavor bringing together a broad range of eclectic, independent, experimental, and controversial art of all forms. Visual, performing, musical, and media arts are all welcome here. Taking place in multiple venues in and around Buffalo’s Allentown District, the festival is an annual eleven-day event running from the last weekend of July through the first weekend of August.

See the Infringement Festival International's mandate, and our 2006 Mission Statement, to learn more.

Who are we?

This event is organized by an ad-hoc committee whose members include (among others):

Aaron Armstrong (film/video)
Leslie Fineberg danceundertheradar <at> gmail.com (dance)
Jeannette Knop jknop5326 <at> gmail.com (PR)
Joe Maniacci (backline & tech support)
Cat McCarthy visualinfringement <at> live.com (visual art)
Dave Pape depape <at> buffalo.edu (treasurer, web)
Curt Rotterdam merlinsbooking <at> gmail.com (music)
Patrick Sears (housing, meeting chair)
Bill Smythe (venues)
Carly Weiser (theatre & spoken word)
Marty Boratin
Kevin Cain
Matt Crane
Amy Duengfelder
Geoffrey Peters
Ted Powell
John Shotwell
Peter Sorkin
Tom Stoll
Susan Tanner
Tristan Trump
Rick Vallone

The organizing committee is open to all, and new volunteer members are always welcome. We need new blood! See announcements on Facebook for upcoming meetings and other ways to support the festival.

Thanks to...

The festival has been planned and helped by numerous people over the past years. We would like to acknowledge the following folks for their involvement:

Kurt Schneiderman (founder)
Ron Ehmke Scott Andrew Kurchak Matt LaChiusa
Sandra Firmin Michele Costa Tim McPeek
Jason Klinger Annette Daniels-Taylor Arzu Ozkal
Brian Milbrand Curt Bischoff Craig Reynolds
Christian Brandjes Floyd Baker Josephine Anstey
Josh Smith Julian Montague Taunee Grant
Katie Sehr Kristy Meal Kyle Price
Lynn Lasota Mike Mulley Mark Goldman
Pamela Ybanez Paul Szpakowski Phil Campanile
Sandra Jardine Susan Marie Kathleen Foster
Virginia Brannon Elizabeth Bager Diana Miranda-Gaedder
Aubrey Zich Jose David Lopez Sanchez Dan Zeis
Jose Rodriguez Steve Myers Jessica Pitingolo
Marybeth Wojtaszek Madeleine Cutrona Janna Willoughby-Lohr
Chris Uebbing Ashley Bobbett

and probably many others we're momentarily forgetting to name