Lois Neville Joins HFF17 Senior Staff as Sponsorship Director

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Congrats to the newest member of our Senior Staff! // Photo: Sam Atkin Photography

Hello! My name is Lois Neville. I’m a Seattle bred, musical theatre-loving gal who would sing and dance my way through this life if I could. With the Hollywood Fringe Festival I have found a community who not only allows me to be my truest self but will add in the harmonies!

I was first introduced to The Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2010. I was asked by my friend Bryan (of Bryan’s Bar, the infamous Fringe Central bar) to put on a bright orange unitard and play a Fringe Freak in one of the first original FringeTV productions “A Family Affair”. I had no idea at the time that a simple favor for a friend would make such a wonderful impact on my life for years to come. The lesson? When your friend calls you up and says, ”We need someone who looks like a 10 year old boy and thought you’d be perfect… Will you put on a unitard and shoot a short commercial with us?”, you save the issue with the comparison for a later date and you say “Yes!”. 

Saying “yes” has remained the theme throughout my time with Fringe. In 2011, I was asked if I wanted to bartend during the festival, said “yes” and June quickly became my favorite time of the year. I got to work and play with the most amazing community of artists, be immersed in theatre, and feel part of something I truly believed in. Yes, please!

In 2015, I was asked if I wanted to take on a little more responsibility. I (of course) said “yes” and took on the role of Sponsorship Coordinator. I started coordinating Hot Spots, Food Trucks, and Drink Sponsorships.

This year I have taken on the role of Sponsorship Director. I get to spend my days talking about the wonderful Hollywood Fringe Festival to equally enthusiastic sponsors and partners.

I deeply love being a part of this magical festival. I get to work with the most amazing humans on the planet and be surrounded by the most supportive, creative and talented community of artists in the world. If you think I’m kidding, come see for yourself. All are welcome! Just say “yes” and come experience The Hollywood Fringe Festival for yourself. I dare you.

Where will the Fringe take YOU?


Tickets Now On Sale for 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Fringe season has officially begun!
 
Tickets are now on sale for the 8th Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival, happening June 8-25.

L.A.’s largest celebration of the performing arts is bigger than ever!
 
There are currently 375 shows and workshops registered for this year’s festival – a significant increase from last year’s 300 – and we’re expecting even more by the end of June. This means that we’ll have well over 2,000 performances for you to choose from.
 
Get your Fringe Button and save $1 on all ticket purchases! The Fringe Button also gets you access to all Fringe-run events (like the Opening Night Party & Fringe Prom), discounts and special offers at Fringe Central and Fringe Hot Spots around town June 1st-25th. Plus, the button is only $5. Click here for details.
 
We also have a new online scheduling tool that will help you streamline your festival experience. By visiting hollywoodfringe.org/scheduler, you can sort through productions participating in this year’s festival, reference a list of favorites, and buy a full lineup of tickets in one click. For more about the new scheduler, check out this support article.
 
To purchase tickets, visit www.hollywoodfringe.org/discover and search for shows by time, venue, category, or tag. The full schedule can also be viewed here.


Cabaret Director Bella Luna Takes on HFF17 Social Media Manager Position

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Congratulations to Bella on her new role this year! // Photo: Armando Arorizo

Hellloooo Fringe! My name is Bella Luna and, despite being quite strange, I am no stranger to Hollywood Fringe. In fact, I’ve been involved with the festival since 2011. I started off simply stage managing a production that was going to be performing in a festival. I had no idea what Hollywood Fringe was! Through some well placed karmic connections, I ended up performing at the Opening Night party, helping out with a Fringe-registered magic show, and assisting the Fringe Cabaret Director, Jon Armstrong, schedule some performers on the cabaret stage. I spent many a glorious night basking in the glow of the Fringe Central tent (yes, 2011 was a tent year). I met so many beautiful people with incredible energy. We drank, laughed, sang live-band karaoke, and had a Goonies screening. It became apparent fairly quickly that I had fallen in love with all things fringe. 
 
The following year, Jon moved on to being a member of the Board of Directors and I was asked to join the staff as the new Fringe Cabaret Director. The cabaret stage gives participants the ability to showcase snippets of their show to entice audience members to come check out the full production. It also helps the fringe community decide which shows they definitely want to see. By taking the position of Director, I was able to dive further into the Fringe family and help participants promote their shows. I love being able to work directly with our fringe community. The level of talent I get to meet each and every season never fails to blow my mind. Being a part of the Hollywood Fringe has been a huge gift and I’ve loved every minute of it!
 
This year, in addition to continuing with Fringe Cabaret, I am taking on the responsibility of Social Media Manager. This position comes with the perk of working closely with our Communications Director, the amazing Stacy Jones Hill! I’m excited to dig into this role and help keep our community informed of all the going-ons. Our social media will keep you connected, even before the festival starts. When you look at our posts, you will find deadline reminders, special events announcements, and how-to information, as well as official fringe photos, memories, and silly candids. I am a huge fan of social media and what it can do for a company. I look forward to helping “the little festival that could” grow even more in the years to come and I can’t wait to see you all around #hff17!
 
In the meantime, make sure you’re following the official Hollywood Fringe social media accounts:
 
 
Happy Fringing! 
 
xoxo, Bella

One City One Pride Festival Scholarship Winners Announced

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We have partnered with the City of West Hollywood again this year to offer scholarships to shows with LGBTQ themes.

We have partnered with the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival to offer select participant shows with LGBTQ-themes complimentary Festival registration, courtesy of a scholarship received from the City of West Hollywood. We are excited to announce that the winners are:

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is proud to support the LGBTQ community and congratulates this year’s winners!

For more information, including a list of participating venues, please visit www.hollywoodfringe.org/weho_2017.

 


DCA & Fringe to Present L.A. Theatre Panel on June 24

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Our long-time partner, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), is partnering with us to bring a special panel to Fringe. The panel will feature some of Los Angeles' leading theatre presenters.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Hollywood Fringe Festival will present “LA Theater Scene and Paths Towards Success”, a panel about theater presenting in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 24, at 3:00 p.m. at Sacred Fools Theater – Main Stage, located at 1076 Lillian Way, Los Angeles, CA 90038.

This special event is free and open to the public and features some of Los Angeles’ leading theater presenters as they discuss how theater presenting works in the city and how they choose theater projects. The panel will also identify the trends in national and international theater, and provide ideas on how to amplify the local theater community.

“The Department of Cultural Affairs is excited to be co-presenting this panel exploring how LA’s theater and presenting communities can work together to provide support to our home-grown artists,” said DCA General Manager Danielle Brazell. “LA has a world-class, entrepreneurial creative community, and this forum will help guide and shape our collective success at presenting quality work to as many residents and visitors to LA as possible.”

“LA Theater Scene and Paths Towards Success” was created to welcome Los Angeles presenters into the Fringe community, showcase local theater, and explore the Fringe theater community’s place on the global stage. The goal of the panel discussion is not only to educate and inform, but also to foster fruitful relationships that will enable small and independent productions to confidently grow and take projects into the future.

“We are very enthusiastic to partner with DCA in this manner because we believe in the power of the theater community in Los Angeles,” said Hollywood Fringe Festival Director Ben Hill. “This panel will certainly help to foster relations between Fringe producers and high-profile theater presenters, and it will also set the stage for further discussion about collaboration, growth, and viability of Los Angeles theater on a global scale.”

The panel, moderated by Ben Johnson, DCA’s Performing Arts Division Director, includes:

  • Paul Crewes, Artistic Director, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

  • Carolyn Elliot, Director of Programming, The Broad Stage

  • Ben Hill, Festival Director, Hollywood Fringe

  • Andy Horwitz, Director of Program, Skirball Cultural Center

  • Allen Moon, Director of Touring & Artist Management at David Lieberman Artist’s Representatives and Artistic Director of Santa Ana Sites

  • Selene Santiago, Programming Director, Encuentro de las Americas Festival, Latino Theater Company

Tickets for this event are free and open to the public. Ticket reservations will open on May 1.

To reserve your space, please visit http://hff17.com/4688.


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