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Winners of HFF16 Fringe Scholarships


A round of applause for all the winners! // Foreground: Fringers Ben Moroski & Monica Martin during HFF12 // Photo: FringeTV

We’re proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Fringe Scholarships:
An objective committee of former Hollywood Fringe participants reviewed nearly 40 applications for this award. Fringe Scholarships provide each recipient with complimentary festival registration.
The winners are a direct reflection of Hollywood Fringe’s dedication to providing platforms for unique and underserved artists within the community. This scholarship, created in 2016, was awarded to five Hollywood Fringe productions, based on the following factors – the production features the participation of ethnically diverse artists; the production will enrich audience experience through the presentation of unique, underrepresented themes, and the production will increase festival attendance and participation by local Hollywood residents.
“I am proud of our collective decision, looking at the finalized list, I feel content knowing we thoroughly considered the proposals, discussed the complexity of defining diversity in regards to storytelling and representation, and chose plays that reflect both national and international diversity, multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, diversity. Stories that seem driven by a sense of purpose, that hold intention of honoring the audiences that will be drawn to these plays and the festival at large, and seem grounded in their craft and artistry – to go beyond this year’s festival and plant seeds for the future.” – Elisa Noemí, 2016 Fringe Scholarship Selection Committee Member
“The Fringe Scholarship is important to me because as a touring artist of color I go to many Fringe Festivals where I am probably one of maybe two or three people of color in the entire festival. Whenever I meet the local artists of color in the cities that I go to, and ask them why they don’t participate in their local Fringe Festivals, lack of funds is always the answer.” —Les Kurkendaal, 2016 Fringe Scholarship Selection Committee Member
This scholarship is partially funded through a grant from the California Community Foundation. Special thanks to our committee members: Chris Farah, Les Kurkendaal, and Elisa Noemí.

HFF16 Special Events


Partygoers at the 2015 Opening Night Party at Fringe Central // Photo: Kyle Brown

Please come celebrate this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival at the following special events!

Opening Night Party at Fringe Central (6510 Santa Monica Blvd.)

June 8th at 7pm

The biggest event of the Fringe season. Entrance requires a $5 Fringe Button ($3 for participants). Skip the line by buying a button online. Buttons will also be available for purchase at the door.

Fringe Runway at Fringe Central (6510 Santa Monica Blvd.)

June 15th at 9pm

This showcase for Fringe fashion will feature costumes from this year’s festival. To apply, email [email protected] before 5pm on Monday, June 13. Please include “CATWALK” in the subject line and the following in the body: contact name, contact phone number, name of designer, show title and number of costumes you’d like to showcase.

Fringe Prom: Purple Rain at Fringe Central (6510 Santa Monica Blvd.) 

June 22nd at 8pm

This year’s Fringe prom theme, chosen by the #hff16 community, is Purple Rain. Adorn yourself in your finest purple, lavender, violet, and indigo shades for a night inspired by the artist Prince. Purple not your favorite color? The iconic film was released in 1984, when New Wave 80s fashion was at its most ruffled glory. Watch this space (and the tag #hffprom on Twitter and Instagram) for costume ideas!

Fringe Rocks at Fringe Central (6510 Santa Monica Blvd.)

June 24th at 10pm

Fringe Rocks is back! Don your wickedest threads or dress up as your favorite rock star for this Live-Band Karaoke night, featuring The Moon Units. Karaoke will be first-come, first-served, with more than 200 songs to choose from. Come punk, come metal, come as you are… just come ready to rock!

Award Ceremony at The Ricardo Montalban Theatre (1615 Vine St.)

June 26th at 6:30pm

Join us for a celebration of all that’s excelled in the festival as the nominees march down the red carpet on a path to Fringe glory. Doors at 6pm. All ages welcome.

Closing Night Party at Fringe Central (6510 Santa Monica Blvd.)

June 26th at 8pm

Join us at Fringe Central to toast the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival at the official #hff16 Closing Night Party. This celebration will begin directly after the Awards Ceremony and will last well into the night, until all our tears are dry and our cups are empty. This event is open to Fringe participants, festival friends, family, audience, and supporters!

Hollywood Fringe Awarded $10k from National Endowment for the Arts


Our latest news has us pumped up! // Photo: Chris Chambers

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is proud to announce that it has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant of $10,000 to support the Fringe Scholarships program. This grant stems from more than $82 million approved by NEA Chairman Jane Chu to fund local arts projects and partnerships. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. 
“Hollywood Fringe began only seven years ago and has grown into a festival reaching tens of thousands of people,” says Festival Director Ben Hill. “This funding allows us to sustain that growth by supporting artists and programming that is diverse, inclusive, and relevant to the local community. We are truly honored to have been selected as a recipient." 
The Fringe Scholarships program strives to provide a platform for artists to exhibit the most diverse and cutting-edge points-of-view, by offering unique and underserved artists scholarships to participate in the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Scholarships will be awarded to artists whose festival participation will increase festival attendance and participation by local Hollywood residents, increase arts participation of ethnically diverse and/or low-income artists, and enrich audience experience through the presentation of unique, underrepresented themes and/or narratives. 
“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the one from Hollywood Fringe Festival offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.” 

HFF16 Sponsored Awards


Your crowning glory might be a sponsored award! // Photo: Kyle Brown

The final list of Sponsored Awards being presented at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival is now available at

To be considered for these awards, you will need to contact the presenting organizations. Each award has unique requirements and considerations—make sure to check out which ones apply to your show! 

To see a list of winners from last year’s Fringe Festival, check out this blog post.

HFF16 Cabaret Submissions Now Open


Fringe Participant Lauren Flans raps on the 2012 Cabaret Stage // Photo: FringeTV

See all the Rules for Applying to Fringe Cabaret & the Application Form here.

Fringe Cabaret books fun acts that include variety, magic, dance, music, comedic dialogue, and general silliness. HFF16 registered shows get priority booking, but we also feature guest variety artists who would like to share their talents. Hard-hitting dramatic material is not the best to present on the Cabaret Stage, however, you can still promote your show through us by donating free show tickets or swag to be raffled off during Cabaret performances. To arrange a donation, contact [email protected]. PLUS! This season we are thrilled to be partnering with Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School to present live model figure drawing featuring cast members from HFF16 registered shows!

Location: Fringe Central, The Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038.
Performances: June 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 23
Live Figure Modeling presented by Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: June 19, 21
Dark on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Time: Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat – 8pm; Sun – 7pm
Durations: Cabaret ~ 60 min/ Dr. Sketchy’s ~ 120 min


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Your Mother's Vagina - World Tour 2016!

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The Lamprey is having trouble with her husband at home, her partner was just murdered, she's suspended, Internal Affairs is riding her butt and a homicidal killer is gunning for her. This might just be the best day of her life!

The Gentrification Cycle

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Blood. Hipsters. Chekhov. 2 plays by G.D. Kimble - an affluent couple discovers a landscape of magical manifest destiny: the inner city and we discover Chekhov's 3 sisters in a morphine and vodka fueled epilogue where everything is going to change.