Grace Kimpinski (she/her), Executive Director

What people have to say about Grace:

“She could stand to lose a little weight, but aside from that, she’s in good health.”
~ Family Physician

Person A: “I think I’ve heard of her… she’s awesome!”
Person B: “Wait, is this one of those ‘Talking to Americans’ things?”
Person A: “…”
~ Random strangers at Royalty Mall

“When are you feeding me?”
~ Chicken Nugget, cat

Clearly loved by all, Grace was born and raised on PEI but spent a good amount of time living off the Island exploring herself and other cities in Canada. Grace is passionate about helping others achieve their goals, which is why she has been ‘behind-the-scenes’ for many independent shows including some she has self-produced, co-produced, and/or stage-managed. She works full-time at WNPEI, part-time for The Island Fringe Festival, is the co-chair for CAFF’s EDIA committee, volunteers on two community-minded boards, and spends time with the people and pets she loves.

*Photo Credit: Story Thorburn

Jay Whitehead (he/they), Community Engagement Coordinator

Jay is thrilled to be back with The Island Fringe Festival for a second year after having a blast with the entire team of staff, artists, and volunteers in 2023.  He is an actor, director, choreographer, teacher, and drag queen extraordinaire. Since relocating to PEI just over a year ago, Jay has had the great privilege of collaborating and working with Pride PEI as a Festival Assistant and with Watermark Theatre as a Production Manager. He has also kept busy co-founding Charlottetown’s newest drag family: Haus Dijon where he performs as his drag persona Didi d’Edada. Prior to his move east, Jay spent ten years as the Artistic Director of Theatre Outré, a queer mandated, indie theatre company in Lethbridge, Alberta in the heart of Treaty 7 Territory.  Special thanks to Grace for another opportunity to collaborate and Happy Fringe-ing!

Adam-Michael James (he/him), Technical Director

AMJ is back for his fourth year of Fringe as tech guru (or is that tech goddess?). He lives and dies by helping others with their creativity or accessing his own – AMJ is currently amplifying PEI’s music by playing it on his radio-style podcast isletunes.ca (on Spotify, YouTube, and isletunes.ca!), plus he’s got several books about the classic TV show “Bewitched” to his name and spends hockey season producing Charlottetown Islanders broadcasts on MAX 93.1. He’s been writing opinion columns on Soap Central since 2009 and hopes to get musical drama “The Nine Lives of L.M. Montgomery”, for which he wrote the book and lyrics, made into a movie. Creativity is life – AMJ invites you to enjoy the creativity of this year’s shows!

Domonik Skomorowski (he/him), Festival Assistant

Domonik is an Islander (NL) who lets his outgoing personality shine, and he is excited to be joining The Island Fringe Festival for the first time!

Growing up in Newfoundland, Domonik has been active in his school’s theatre program and is now here on PEI to refine his skills in the industry.

Domonik takes pride in his creative free spirit and passion for learning, but most importantly, he prioritizes helping those around him. He is ready to do his best this year and cannot wait to be a goofball while he does!