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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
It was a dark and stormy night.
the record skips and scratches to a stop
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. Today, I took a nap under a tree before a photo session with some Fringers.
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!!
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