The Interns: Looking Back on HFF16


HFF16 Interns Ben Fang and Caitlin Ferrell. Thanks, you two! // Photo: Matt Kamimura

The Hollywood Fringe Festival would not be able to operate every year were it not for an army of volunteers and a few hard-working interns. We recently reached out to this year’s interns and asked them to write a few short paragraphs about their experience. Here’s what they had to say.

From Ben Fang, the HFF16 Volunteer Intern:

Throughout the three weeks that I volunteered for Hollywood Fringe, I was often met with surprise when I described my background and interests. “So, what is a musician with almost no theater background doing interning for this theater festival?” A reasonable question. I have worked for another fringe festival, the Rochester Fringe Festival, as a production assistant since 2014. There I am responsible for things like booking acts for outdoor stages and managing an interactive guided tour (“remote x”). The Rochester festival presents theater, music, dance, film and spoken word. That brings me to Reason Number Two for why I feel right at home with the Hollywood Fringe staff, participants and supporters.

I have always found that whether it be drama, music or elaborate model train stations, passion looks the same in everyone. I’ve seen it in my multidisciplinary collaborations, I’ve seen it as a teacher, and I saw it this past June at Bryan’s Bar. Ask someone about their show and you will see that animated face, gesticulation and shifting posture that I love. The enthusiasm extends to other shows, which is why every award at the closing award ceremony is met with resounding applause. That is, in my opinion, at the heart of what makes people keep coming back to the Hollywood Fringe Festival. This is an energetic community where audience members mingle with participants and the line between performer and supporter is blurred. The great shows probably also have something to do with it.

I look forward to seeing the festival grow even further in the coming years. I am relatively new to Los Angeles and I feel lucky to have found this community so soon. Some people might know this, but the community I have described isn’t quite consistent with the world’s image of LA. I had heard about the record executives and multimillion dollar action films, but not so much about the authentically human theater scene that I have recently encountered. Festival director Ben Hill tells us about the skepticism he faced when first pitching Hollywood Fringe: “LA isn’t a theater town.” It would seem that it is, and more people are growing to know that every year.

From Caitlin Ferrell, the HFF16 FringeTV Intern:

In the dismal months of late winter, the ones that seem excruciatingly slow, when the excitement of the holidays and opportunities to travel and see real live snow are over, one finds themself inevitably looking toward one thing: summer. Yes, even in Los Angeles we still look forward to summer. Summer is and always will be the light at the end of the tunnel, the time when it’s acceptable to cash in and sit back and drink way too much rosé (especially if you live in the greater Los Angeles area). However, for those working at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, such is not the case. Well, except perhaps for the rosé. 

I decided to apply to join the Fringe team after I had experienced Fringe festivals in other cities. I did my research, and slipped in my application just in time. I’d be lying if I said I was excited to work for free (let’s be honest the non-profit world is an unforgiving one), but I’d also be lying if I said I regretted it. The combination of the phrases “theater” and “non-profit” would probably give any self-respecting and financially responsible citizen a heart attack (yes, I’m talking to all of you with cushy financial jobs), but to the few of us masochistic plebeians still running the streets, it stirs our bellies with possibility and excitement. 

What people may not get to see is how much unforgiving, unacknowledged work goes into creating such an open, uncensored arts platform. There was no summertime stolidity. The Fringe team never stopped. They never stopped for the performers, the audience, the Los Angeles community. They never stopped, because the performing arts community is not dead (screw the cynics to the sticking place!).  We are and always will be here; louder, smarter, and freer than ever. We are the arts anarchy, with the heart of punk and little less style. And hey, we like our rosé too. 


2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival Stats (Bigger Than Ever... Again)


Thank You from the HFF16 Staff // Photo: Matt Kamimura

We’re proud to say that the Hollywood Fringe Festival continues to grow! Some newly released facts about the seventh annual festival:
  • We sold approximately 56,000 tickets this year.
  • Since our inaugural festival in 2010, ticket sales have increased more than 300%.
  • The festival sold an estimated $447,000 in tickets this year. The central Fringe organization doesn’t touch this money— all $447,000 has been returned to Fringe artists and venues. 
  • In its seven year history, Hollywood Fringe has returned over $1.8 million to artists.
  • 296 productions participated in this year’s event, mounting 1,554 performances at 50 spaces throughout Hollywood.  
  • 1,453 artists and producers participated in this year’s Hollywood Fringe.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this festival the best yet! 

2016 Hollywood Fringe Award Winners


Here’s a list of this year’s Award Winners – announced just moments ago at the 2016 Award Ceremony, held at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre! Thank you all for joining us at the ceremony. Congratulations to all the winners!.


Fringe Freaks (Community-Voted Awards)

Top of the Fringe: My Big Fat Blonde Musical

International: MacDeth!

Fringe First (World Premiere): My Big Fat Blonde Musical  

Cabaret & Variety: Angel’s Flight

Comedy: Lamprey: Weekend of Vengeance

Dance & Physical Theatre: Office Beat – A Tap Dance Comedy

Ensemble Theatre: Night Witches

Musicals and Operas: My Big Fat Blonde Musical 

Solo Performance: Still Got It


Sponsored Awards

A Little New Music Award for Outstanding Songwriting: Thug Tunnel

Beyond Bechdel-Wallace Award: Disrupted

Cherry Poppins’ Cherry Picks: Ripest Show: Tilt & Here There Be Dragons

FPI’s Most Wanted Award:  Actors Company, Fountain Theatre, Lounge Theatre, Macha Theatre/Film, Rogue Machine @ MET Theatre, Sacred Fools TheaterStephanie Fuery Studio Theatre, The Hotel Cafe: Second Stage, The New Collective, Theatre Asylum and Underground Theatre

O Face Awards for Orgasmic Achievement: Keight Leighn from “(A)partment 8” (Most orgasmic performance), Will Michaels from “Night Witches” (Most orgasmic writing), “Kitty” Serial Killers – Sacred Fools (Most orgasmic production)

The Duende Distinction: Moving Art Collective: Metamorphosis (for overall production)

The Inkwell Playwright’s Promise Award: Vanessa Espino for “Odilia”

Lumpy-Cramp© Spirit of the Fringe, Never in the Box Award: Wheel of Invention

The Rogue Shakespeare Award for Artistic Excellence: Daniel Llewelyn-Williams for Writing/Acting Excellence in “A Regular Little Houdini” 


The Unleashed Awards: “Porn Rock” (Most Unleashed Show), Jessica Moreno in “All Aboard the Marriage Hearse” (Most Unleashed Performance), Elizabeth Dement in “Porn Rock” (Tracey Collins Funny Girl Award) 

The Encore! Producers Awards: 

Three Clubs: 30:30:60 – A Competitive Birthday Event, 50 Shades of Shakespeare, A Whole Newd World: Cherry Tales at The Knock Shop, Broadway Noir, Live From The Grave…It’s John Belushi!, MADLIB! The Musical, Nilbog: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Troll 2, Ruby, Human Test Subjects

Actors Company: Amy Snowden’s Confessions from LA to L.A., Charlotte’s Shorts, F—- My Life, Freakout, Girls Together Always, Makin’ A Movie featuring the Mad Jackrats (LPNSImprov), The Gay Guide to, Tinseltown, Thirteen’s Spring, She Got Off the Couch, YOU

Asylum: A Horse With a View, A Regular Little Houdini, American Man Dream, Awkwardly Fabulous, Bin Laden: The One Man Show, BOUND, CRAFTSMAN, Einstein!, Happy Hour, How to Be A Virgin (in 13 morally ambiguous steps), In The Garage, Kill All Politicians, Las Garcia, Night Witches, Occupation, Voices, Bull, Smoke

Complex Theatres: Time Stands Still, The Art of Falling Down, Suicide LIVE, I am Vertical, Cockroach Dialogues, Julianne: Live from LA!, Lolita, Daisy, Ophelia: A Love Story, MacDeth!, Punch and Judy, Slightly Dramatic, Sticky-Fingers Monologues, Tony Danza’s Letterz 2 2pac: an evening with Tony Danza, Washed in the Blood

Lounge Theatre: All Aboard the Marriage Hearse, Aurora and Larry, Bloody Beautiful, Cold Tangerines, Fairytales Against Humanity, Feast of Snacks, MmHmm, Please Stand Clear the Doors Are Closing, SpiritWheel, Strap-On, The Creeps, Uterine Affairs, Whalefail

Sacred Fools: Theatre Thug Tunnel, Office Beat: A Tap Dance Comedy, Alien Vs. Musical, Still Got It, My Big Fat Blonde Musical, Mark Twain Answers All Your Questions!, Tilt, Lamprey: Weekend of Vengeance, All The Best Killers are Librarians, Paul Dooley: Upright and Personal, Up Down Stick Stuck, Thanks a Lot! My Gratitusical, Penny For Your Thoughts, The Princes Charming, Come Fux With Us, Tell Me On A Sunday, Nine Dresses: Sex, Death, Fashion.

Fringe Statement on Bitter Lemons Article

Today we learned that the editor of our long-time media partner Bitter Lemons posted an article in reaction to the recent story of long-term abuse at the Chicago Profiles Theatre. The article has incited a serious response from and conversation within the Fringe community that requires us to re-evaluate our relationship with Bitter Lemons.

Providing a safe space is essential to our job. We do not condone abuse.

We believe that abuse is given an extended life when victims are told they are to blame. In solidarity with all individuals who have been victims of abuse, the Hollywood Fringe Festival will no longer work with or endorse Bitter Lemons.  

If you have questions or concerns about this issue, please contact us directly at [email protected].

The Fringe Awards


2013 Top of the Fringe Winner: Absolutely Filthy // Photo: FringeTV

Fringe shouldn’t be about competition. In fact, here at the Hollywood Fringe we’ve become known for having a welcoming and constructive community. However, awards can have an extremely valuable impact on a production. And so we have the Fringe Award Ceremony on the last day of the festival (June 26), with a Closing Night Party afterward. 

We give out two kinds of awards: Community Awards & Sponsored Awards.

Sponsored Awards are presented by outside organizations to commend like-minded artists. Here’s a list of all the sponsored awards being presented this year.

The Community Awards, also lovingly known as “The Freaks”, are determined by the Fringe community. These highly-coveted awards are given out to the best shows in each category (“Best in Ensemble Theatre”, “Best in Comedy”, etc.). The highest honor, the Top of the Fringe Award is given to the show most adored by the Fringe community. 

Fringe community members will receive ballots during the last days of the festival via email. This includes participants, venue managers, audience members who see a certain amount of shows and those who leave a certain number of reviews on

Check out last year’s award winners here.

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