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2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival Stats


Festival Director Ben Hill in front of the 2015 Award Ceremony Crowd at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre // Photo: Matt Kamimura

We’re proud to say that the Hollywood Fringe Festival continues to grow! Some facts about the sixth annual Hollywood Fringe Festival:

  • We sold at least 50,000 tickets this year, a 10% growth over last year.
  • Since our inaugural festival in 2010, ticket sales have increased 300%.
  • The festival sold an estimated $400,000 in tickets this year. The central Fringe organization doesn’t this money— all $400,000 has been returned to Fringe artists and venues.
  • 285 productions participated in this year’s event, mounting nearly 1,500 performances at 39 spaces throughout Hollywood.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s festival! 

2015 Hollywood Fringe Award Winners


Festival Director Ben Hill in front of the 2015 Fringe Award Ceremony Crowd. Photo by Matt Kamimura

Here’s a list of this year’s Award Winners— announced just moments ago at the 2015 Award Ceremony! Thank you all for coming and congratulations to the winners!

Fringe Freaks (Community-Voted Awards):

  • Top of the Fringe: Shakespeare’s Last Night Out (Or What? You, Will?)
  • Fringe First (World Premiere): Alien vs. Musical
  • The International Award: Loves Labours Won
  • Best in Ensemble Theatre: Cookie & The Monster
  • Best in Solo Performance: Shakespeare’s Last Night Out (Or What? You, Will?)
  • Best in Comedy: The Poe Show
  • Best in Musicals & Operas: King of Kong: A Musical Parody
  • Best in Dance & Physical Theatre: Four Clowns Presents The Halfwits’ Last Hurrah
  • Best in Cabaret & Variety: Thenardier’s Inn- A Les Miserables Cabaret

Sponsored Awards:

  • A Little New Music Award for Outstanding Songwriting: TIE: Alien vs. Musical & King of Kong
  • Bitter Lemons Outrageous Award for Theater (BLOAT): La la la Strada
  • DOMA Theatre Co. New Musical Award: Adam & Eve… and Steve
  • Lumpy-Cramp© Fringe Spirit Freshman Award: TIE: Getting to Know You & Hippopotamoidea
  • O Face Award for Orgasmic Achievement: Elizabeth Godley as Nimrod in Four Clowns Presets the Halfwits’ Last Hurrah (Most Orgasmic Performance); Lindsay Kerns & Mason Flink for Max & Elsa: No Music. No Children (Most Orgasmic Writing); The Knock Shop (Most Orgasmic Performance)
  • The DUENDE Distinction: Emily and Elizabeth Hinkler for Acting in My Sister
  • The Ezra Buzzington Spirit of the Fringe Award: FEMALE PERFORMANCE: Jessica Pohly – Jason & (Medea); MALE PERFORMANCE: Jim Hanna – The 7th Annual One-Man Show World Championships; WRITING: Gus Krieger – Breaking Bard; DIRECTING: Richard Embardo – Tiananmen Annie; PRODUCTION: Tiananmen Annie
  • The Inkwell Playwright’s Promise Award: Mason Flink & Lindsay Kerns for “MAX & ELSA: NO MUSIC. NO CHILDREN.” 
  • The Octavio Carlin Award for Excellence in Costume Design: TIE: Four Clowns Presents The Halfwits’ Last Hurrah & Shakespeare(ish)
  • The Oddbird Award for Premiere Musicals: Shakespeare’s Last Night Out (Or What? You, Will?)
  • The Robot Teammate Woulda Coulda Shoulda Award: The Video Games
  • The Unleashed Award: UNLEASHED PERFORMANCE: Darin Toonder (The 7th Annual One-Man Show World Championships); UNLEASHED PRODUCTION: 8:03
  • Trailer Park Award (TPA): Hamlet-Mobile
  • LA FPI’s 2015 “Most Wanted” List (Venues with 50% or more shows by women playwrights): Actors Company, Art of Acting Studio, Complex Theatres, Hollywood Dance Center, Hudson Theatres, i.O. West, Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre, The Barn, Theatre of NOTE, Underground Theatre

The Encore! Producer’s Awards:

  • Theatre Asylum: Alien vs. Musical, Breaking Bard, Hard Sexy Serious Love Conversations, Jason & (Medea), King Dick, King of Kong: A Musical Parody, MAX & ELSA: NO MUSIC. NO CHILDREN, Mudd the Magnificent: Magic & Mayhem, My Sister, Nigerian Spam Scam Scam, Orson Welles & Scatman Crothers in “A HOLLYWOOD ENDING”, Sleeping Around, Snack, The Snail, STARF*CKING, SUICIDE NOTES: In Their Own Words, The 7th Annual One-Man Show World Championships, The Legend of Bobby Darin : An Unauthorized Autobiography, THE POE SHOW, Unemployed. Finally.
  • The Bootleg Theatre: 8:30, Dead Dog’s Bone; House of Rabbits: Charivari in Voyeurville; Lady into Fox
  • The Complex: Nell Gwynne: A Dramatick Essaye on Acting and Prostitution; No Traveler: A Comedy About Suicide; Love Labours Won; Daughter of an Alien; Catalyst; Smile, Baby; Fish Out of Whiskey; Might As Well Live; The Blonde and…; Zip Ties; Romeo and Juliet: An ASL Love Story; The Cellar; Thumb Wars; I Died…I Came Back…Whatever; Bright Swords; Why Water Falls
  • The Hudson: Dating: Adults Embracing Failure
  • The Lounge: Merely Players, Pocket Universe, The Last Known Recording of the Lovely Lenore Sisters, Stupid Songs!!, Fifty Shades of Shrew
  • Three Clubs: Thenardier’s Inn- A Les Miserables Cabaret; The Knock Shop; Fugitive Songs; Shakespeare’s Last Night Out (Or What? You, Will?); The Load-In
  • Actors Company: Assistants: The Musical; The Video Games; Taming of the Shrew – An Exploration of Gender Expression; Mirror, Mirror the Musical; Only the Moon Howls

Festival Hot Spot Meetups


Lois & Zay totally love this year's Hot Spots! // Photo: FringeTV

The Hollywood Fringe button gets you discounts at over 20 local businesses during the month of June—let’s enjoy some of them together! A foolproof way to ruin your Fringe experience is to try and skip meals and breaks… so don’t do that! Make time to break bread with us.

Weekend #drinkingaboutfringe meet-ups are scheduled for coffee, lunch, drinks, and dinner at different Hot Spots throughout the festival. 
Join us as your schedule allows to tour our different Hot Spots, catch up with other Fringers, and save cash on ever-essential food and drink. Feel free to bring friends, family, and audience! See the full schedule below:
Saturday 6/13:
11 AMHudson Cafe for coffee to fuel you through the day
4 PMEat This for an early dinner
Sunday 6/14:
11 AM: Rise ’n Grind - need we say more? 
1 PM: Urban Masala serves up Indian for lunch
6 PM: Shin Ramen dinner is served!
Saturday 6/20
11 AMJuicy Factory - get your cleanse on with a morning juice
1 PMPig N’ Whistle - follow up your cleanse with a pub lunch
4 PMLoaded - rock n’ roll and cheap drinks
Sunday 6/21 - bring your dad all day!
1 PMShin Ramen for a lunch that’ll tide you over all day
4 PMBowery for a late-afternoon cocktail
6 PM9 on Vine for happy hour bites 
Saturday 6/27
1 PMLoteria Grill for our last lunch together! 
All #drinkingaboutfringe Hot Spot Meetups end at the best bar in town: Fringe Central
See you soon!

The 2015 Sponsored Awards


Colin Mitchell and Enci Box pose with the Fringe Freaks after presenting the BLOAT, Bitter Lemons' Sponsored Award at the 2014 Award Ceremony// Photo: FringeTV

The full list of Sponsored Awards to be given out at this year’s Award Ceremony is now available to view at You can also view all the qualifications for the awards and details on how to go about being considered.

The Sponsored Awards are not to be confused with the Fringe Community Awards, which we lovingly call “The Freaks”. Check out a full list of last year’s award winners here.

Promote to Volunteers


Fill Seats with Fringe Volunteers! // Photo by Star Foreman

Comping volunteers is a great way to give back to the Fringe community and get butts in the seats of your show. Please email our Volunteer Director, Stina, at [email protected] if you want to get on the list of shows providing comps or discounts to Fringe volunteers. Please include the name of your show, your discount code, and what the code provides (whether the code will provide a comp or a certain dollar amount off). This information will only be shared with Fringe volunteers.

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