Meet Fringe Central Master Electrician Kelley Finn

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Our Master Electrician Kelley Finn (center) is the one with all the power at Fringe Central.

Hello! My name is Kelley and I’m a master electrician. More specifically, the master electrician for Fringe Central. Originally from Florida (no, not Disney World. North Florida), I’ve spent the better half of my life traveling around the US doing lighting for theatre, opera, dance, television, concerts, and events.

 

Two months after I moved to LA, I was hired to be the Fringe Central ME for HFF15 and nothing blew up, so they keep hiring me. Most of my work is done before Fringe officially opens but during the festival I can be found at Fringe Central making sure everything turns on, assisting with Cabaret, and telling people no, they can’t plug in all their various devices. I’m thrilled to be working on my third season of Fringe and can’t wait for another awesome summer of theatre.

 

 

That’s pretty much it. I’m a stagehand, I hate talking about myself.

tagged under puns · outlet · plugs · power · fringe central · electrician · master

Meet FringeTV Producer James Warfield

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James Behind the Bar at the Closing Night Party of the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

How did I get involved in Fringe? I closed out my bar tab and walked home with my good friend Bryan Burgess, who solicited my help to paint trash cans and build anything that needed building at an empty museum space on Wilshire the next morning for an event. The event was Art Bash, a fundraiser for the upcoming Hollywood Fringe Festival. 

I carried a lot of ice that night. 


The following June I was asked once again by my good friend, Bryan, to carry ice for the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2010. So I did. I carried ice.

 

The next year, I helped build and dedicate the bar to remember and honor our good friend, Bryan. And I carried a lot of ice. 

 

I worked with an amazing team of dedicated bar staff under the leadership of Abbie Wagoner. I poured a lot of drinks and carried a lot of ice.


I carried ice and poured more drinks the following year.

In 2013 my dear friend, Stacy Jones Hill, became my boss as we tackled FringeTV together. It was a year of carrying a lot of equipment, long segments, laughter, sweat, and learning. We brought those learned lessons to the table in the following year and spit out a lot of footage on FringeTV, thanks also to the help of one of my bosses this year, Nathaniel Beaver.


This year I am once again a Producer of FringeTV. Working on set with Beaver has been and will continue to be a treat. I cannot wait for Jones to get here and get the band back together. Also, we’re a band.

I’ve worn many hats for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Bartender, Bar Manager, Food and Beverage Director, Front of House Director, FringeTV Host, FringeTV Producer, but most importantly, I carry Ice. I’ve carried ice every year. Also kegs or cases. I’ve carried them. Sold them. Probably to you, reader. 

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Meet Staff Photographer Matt Kamimura

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Matt Kamimura, Staff Photographer #proselfie

Who are you?

Hi, I’m Matt Kamimura. You may remember me from such Hollywood Fringe parties as Step and Repeat: The Musical and Prom 4: The Revengening.

I’ve been a photographer practically my entire life. My first grade photos were Polaroids of my friends and of my toys. So many things have changed since then!

Now I have a digital camera to take pictures of my #fringeships and I’m the event photographer at Funko. Ok, so maybe the more things change the more things stay the same.

Haha!

 

How did you get involved with Fringe?

The first time I was involved with Hollywood Fringe was way back in the way back and since I’m already in my WABAC, let’s queue flashback:

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It was a dark and stormy night.

the record skips and scratches to a stop

Wait…

Actually, it was a bright and sunny #HFF15 day. I had just completed being a volunteer nerf herder at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and was on my way to buy tickets to my friend’s #HFF15 performance. I saw the volunteer tab on the Hollywood Fringe website and the rest is HFF history; we liked each other so much that neither of us wanted to let go.

 

What do you do with the Hollywood Fringe Festival?

I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am the flash of light that leaves those little spots in your eyes. I am the STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER!

 

What are your plans as staff photographer?

The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world!

 

Any challenges that you expect to face?

Sleep, the final frontier. These are the dreams of the Fringe photographer Matt Kamimura. His five-week mission: to explore strange new performances, to seek out new #fringeships and new tacos, to boldly nap where no photographer has napped before.

 

Really?

Really. Today, I took a nap under a tree before a photo session with some Fringers.

 

Anything Else?

Fourscore and seven minutes ago, your photographer was brought forth upon a most excellent adventure conceived by our new friends at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. These great Fringers are dedicated to a proposition which was true in my time, just as it’s true today.

Be excellent to each other.

And… PARTY ON, DUDES!!


HFF7 Tech Workshop Resources

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HFF17 Tech Gurus Brandon Baruch & Corwin Evans can help with all your tech questions! // Photo: Matt Kamimura

Veteran Fringers Brandon Baruch and Corwin Evans presented Workshop IV: How to Tech Your Fringe Show on Monday, May 15, at Sacred Fools Theatre.

Brandon and Corwin have put a folder of resources online for #hff17 participants to use and it has a LOT of really useful information. View it all here.

tagged under professionals · tricks · tips · bribery · rehearsal · prompt · sound · lighting · gurus · tech

The HFF17 Sponsored Awards are Here!

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Fringe Friend Benny Lumpkins (Right) gives the Lumpy-Cramp Award to Brandon Beck (Left) & Beth Scorzato for "Wheel of Invention" at the HFF16 Award Ceremony // Photo: Matt Kamimura

We are excited to announce this year’s lineup of Sponsored Awards to be presented at the Fringe Awards Ceremony at The Ricardo Montalbán Theater on the final day of the festival. Thanks to all the organizations partnering with us to present these special awards! 

Sponsored Awards are presented by outside organizations to commend like-minded artists. You can see this year’s list here. Make sure you check each award’s submission requirements before contacting the award sponsor for consideration.

The other awards we hand out at the Award Ceremony are the Community Awards (lovingly known as “The Freaks”). These awards are given out to the best shows in each category (“Best in Ensemble Theatre”, “Best in Comedy”, etc.) as voted by the Fringe community. Additionally, “Freaks” are presented for top International show, best world premiere (the “Fringe First” award) and the highest award: an overall winner crowned “Top of the Fringe”. Fringe community members, including participants, who see shows & leave reviews on hollywoodfringe.org will receive ballots during the last days of the festival via email. 

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My Janis

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My Janis is a window into Janis Joplin’s private world as she struggles to find her identity in the summer of 1966. Where was her voice coming from?

June 4 - Pay What You Can Preview!

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A sexual hero's journey. Sara is the young, star running back of her street football team, but she can't outrun the effects of the attack of a sexual predator. TBL is a testament to the human capacity to survive, heal and embrace one's sexual power.

Your A.I. therapist is here.

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Preview 6/3 @ 7 pm discounted tickets $5 WINNER: West Hollywood's One City One Pride festival scholarship!

She's BAAAAAACK to battle more bullies!

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The sequel to the hilarious and heartwarming 2012 BEST SOLO SHOW winner, TEXAS LOVES LYLA!

We All Need Some Penetration

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A celibate young man and a free spirited girl from a chat room are forced to spend a night in this cheeky comedy at the Dorie in The Complex Theatre, June 2, June 8, June 9, June 11, June 13 , June 17 & June 18 - $10 Dollar Discount Code: FLIRT