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 hollywoodfringe.org

Check out last year’s award winners here.

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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.

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