Kan Mattoo to Succeed Ben Hill as Chairman of the Board

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Kan (second from right) with Fringe staff and volunteers during the HFF17 Opening Night Party // Photo: Matt Kamimura

We’re excited to announce that Kanchan Mattoo will succeed Festival Director Ben Hill as Chairman of the Board. Kan and Ben are both co-founders of the festival and Kan has served for many years on the board. He served as the Fringe Development Director for many years before retiring from staff. 

From Ben: “Kan has been with the organization since its inception and has always been a driver for positive change. I am thrilled to work with him in his new capacity as he continues to develop a board worthy of our mission.” 

In his new position, Kan plans to focus on marketing, fundraising and other opportunities contributing to long-term stability. “Now that Hollywood Fringe has become a staple in the cultural arts of Los Angles,” he said, “my long-term vision is to develop a strong basis of funding to sustain the festival for years to come.”  

The slate of board members for 2017-2018 is listed below.

Kanchan Mattoo, Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board
Ben Hill, Co-Founder, Festival Director
Jon Armstrong
Monica Martin
Stacy McKee
Steven Leigh Morris
Dave McKeever, Co-Founder, Producing Director
Matt Wells


Meet Our New Publicity Manager

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Our New Publicity Manager Nicole Misita!

“All the world’s indeed a stage and we are merely players.”
-Rush (kind-of), Limelight and/or Shakespeare, As You Like It

Hello, fellow Fringers!

I am so FREAKin’ excited to begin as your new Publicity Manager! (See what I did there?)

Although I am new to the Los Angeles Theater scene, my love of theatre has stemmed from 14 years old when I played a robotic security guard, WD-40 (yes, like the lubricant), in a small-town Mississippi theatre production of Prospero.

Last year was my first Fringe Festival attendance. I was blown away by the overall atmosphere and the level in which it was curated. Seeing the community come together to celebrate creativity, exploration and expression was incredibly inspiring. I knew I needed to be a part of it. 

My job will be to work with the media and public to ultimately share all the things we love about Fringe and the importance of what we do here. I will be helping to write press releases as well as creating and maintaining partnerships with the press and organizations that keep the exposure of Fringe strong.

If anyone has any ideas/thoughts on strengthening the publicity for Fringe, let me know and we’ll rock it together! I am so excited to part of this community and can’t wait to meet y’all soon.

 


Meet Our New Community Engagement Coordinator

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Our New Community Engagement Coordinator Melissa Alvarez!

Hi I’m Melissa!

I’m so overwhelmingly excited to join the Hollywood Fringe Festival, specifically the Outreach team. 

I remember seeing the posting for the Community Engagement Coordinator on Facebook and I immediately thought the job was specifically tailored to me. Theatre has been a huge part of my life all throughout my teen years and into adulthood. I’ve worked in the non-profit theatre world, theme parks, and postproduction. 

My first introduction to a Fringe Festival was in San Diego. I was a student at San Diego State University, studying theatre, when I came across an opportunity to be in a show that would be presented in the Fringe there. I loved that experience. Since then, the Fringe has been very close to my heart. 

Currently, I’m working on my Arts Leadership and Cultural Management Master’s Degree. I chose this area of study because it focuses on the benefit art has on diverse communities. Theatre has benefited me, in the most positive way possible, and I hope to help other people have the opportunity to engage in theatre and all it has to offer.

Thanks for welcoming me to the team! 

 


Now Taking Scholarship Applications for HFF18

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Yozmit Walker of Do You: Migration of the Monarchs, one of the awardees of the 2017 Fringe Scholarships // Photo: Matt Kamimura

We are excited to announce the return of Fringe Scholarships! 

Fringe Scholarships are available to first-time Hollywood Fringe producers who self-identify as contributing to the ethnic, cultural, racial, age, mentally or physically disabled, sexual orientation, or gender identity diversity of the Fringe community.

A total of 10 Fringe Scholarships will be awarded after review by our scholarship committee, consisting of a jury of previous Fringe participants, scholarship winners and members of select outside organizations.

The scholarship provides free registration for a Fringe production, a stipend toward venue and production costs, a Fringe mentor and more! To learn more about application requirements and award details, or to apply, visit hollywoodfringe.org/scholarships.

 

Applications are due November 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm. Fringe Scholarships will be awarded in early January.

 


The HFF18 Creative Workshop Series

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Learn from a panel of Fringe veterans about their writing and creative development best practices during the Creative Workshop series // Photo: Matt Kamimura

We are thrilled to announce the return of our Creative Workshop series this fall. 

Join us on Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th at one or all of our Creative Workshops focused on creative development and the writing process. The workshops are intended for those new to writing for the stage, but veteran Fringe participants will also gain new tips, strategies, and insights into the creative process. The Creative Workshops directly complement the spring 2018 Workshops and Town Halls, which focus on marketing, budgeting, and registration. Admission to all the workshops is free.
 
Each workshop will include a small panel of veteran Fringe writers, who will share their experiences and answer questions. There will be two sessions on Saturday and one on Sunday, all hosted at Studio/Stage.

Registration for the workshops is highly recommended. Seats fill up quickly. To reserve your space, register by clicking the links above.


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