Fringe Code of Conduct


Make sure you always enlist a great buddy when walking in the Hollywood neighborhood, day or night. // Photo: Matt Kamimura

Bad behavior is not tolerated by the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Bad behavior includes sexual harassment, excessive drinking, aggression, and other inappropriate behavior as determined by the festival organization. 

The Hollywood Fringe Festival reserves the right to refuse access to anyone from Fringe Central for behavior violating the below policy, with or without warning. 

* Sexual harassment and sexual assault is completely forbidden. Sexual harassment includes unwanted touching, comments, and gestures. If you experience this or see it, please report it to any Fringe staff person. 

* Know your limits when it comes to alcohol. Fringe reserves the right to stop serving you at any point. Fringe staff will help assist you in getting home safely if you have had too much to drink.

* Aggressive behavior often goes along with excessive drinking and has no place at Fringe Central. Aggressive behavior includes physical violence, physical and verbal threats, and verbal altercations. Fringe reserves the right to ask you to leave. 

Remember to keep an eye on your belongings (including drinks) at all times. Fringe is not responsible for lost or damaged property. 

If you see or experience any of the above, please report it to any Fringe staff person as soon as possible. You may also email [email protected] 


Meet Fringe Central Technical Director Corwin Evans


A masterful selfie by our favorite Tech Director.

Hi folks, my name is Corwin; you’ll usually see me fixing some technical thing somewhere, or telling longwinded stories that go nowhere. I wandered into the first Hollywood Fringe Festival with Theatre Unleashed, the first company I worked with in Los Angeles. I was doing sound design for “Friends Like These,” a piece which has since gone on all over the place.

I took to the big tent at Artworks right away. Y’know, there’s not an awful lot of hang-out time when you’re cobbling together a career out of freelance work. I’d never had a chance to share the space with so many cool artists doing something brave and interesting. It was literally happening all around us. There was an all-encompassing sense of activity; the collaborative doing of many things.
Conversations (and beers) flowed. I met so many people, I made it my business to get involved with something every year. Since then, I’ve worked on at least one show every year, usually several. I’ve seen a hundred and something shows over the life of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. I’ve met several times more passionate artists nervously launching a new piece in front of a crowd for the first time.

So, if this is your first time, find me at Fringe Central and let me know how it’s going for you. At this point, you’re probably a little stressed, not quite sure how it’s all going to come together. Literally everyone else has passed through this phase as well, and everyone who’s participated more than once signed right back up for that feeling again.

Will it work? Will we get the props finished in time? Is this song too corny? Should we have added more light cues? Do I still have time to squeeze in rewrites?

Quite simply, don’t stress. Don’t let fear be your barometer for success. What you’re taking part in – and back me up, returning folks – is the most enriching experience producing theatre in Los Angeles that you can have. Thousands of people are coming to see a show or two in particular; they may not know anything about your show yet. A postcard here, a poster there, a friendly chat at Fringe Central or in a lobby and you’ve got an audience you never even knew existed.

It goes further than that. I’ve had acquaintances turn into friendships, metamorphosize into long-term artistic collaborations. I’ve had about a hundred jobs float effortlessly into my hands because of the chance meetings I’ve had, wandering around Hollywood in June. I’ve been lucky enough to be offered projects that proved to be some of the best work I’ve ever done, just by showing up, being friendly, and sharing a table with a perfect stranger.

But that’s not even the best thing. The best thing, the thing that keeps me coming back every year in whatever capacity they’ll allow me, the biggest and most poorly kept secret is this: There’s absolutely no telling what treasures this year may bring. There’s no way of anticipating what you might see, who may see you, what breakout successes and spectacular failures may befall any of us. Those of us that return would love to tell you our stories from the past, but the reason we keep coming back is the future.

Which is about to become one hell of a fantastic now.

I’m excited to see what you’ve brought to our potluck. It doesn’t matter if you’re a great chef or just toying with your ramen recipe. You made it, you brought enough to share, and we’ll all dine at this buffet until we’re just shy of bursting.

I do hope you come back for seconds.

Fringe Runway Applications Now Open


Fringe Participants on the Cabaret Stage at Fringe Central during HFF16. // Photo: Matt Kamimura

Showcase select costumes from your production at Fringe Runway, the Hollywood Fringe fashion show on Wed., June 14th at 9pm. Any Fringe Production may enter by filling out this form
The deadline to enter Fringe Runway is Thursday, June 8th by 11:59pm.
25 participants will be chosen by completely random lottery to participate in the event. While we wish we could feature all applicants, we must cap the participation for time. 
Guest judges will review each look and award prizes to three favorites.

tagged under strut · Fringey · make it work · judges · contest · showcase · fashion · runway · design · costume

Meet Fringe Central Master Electrician Kelley Finn


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


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. 

tagged under ice · bryan's bar · bryan · Drinks · Food · bar manager · host · director · producer · fringetv

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