New Staff Position: Community Engagement Coordinator

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The Fringe Staff at the HFF17 Award Ceremony // Photo: Matt Kamimura

The Fringe staff is seeking a new team member. To see if you are the right fit for our Community Engagement Coordinator position, please check out the job description below and apply by September 12th. 

Responsibilities

  • The Community Engagement Coordinator will support the Outreach Manager in efforts to expand and diversify Hollywood Fringe Festival’s program, focusing specifically on community events serving the current body of Fringe participants and audience.

  • Work to expand the Fringe Scholarships diversity initiative for the 2018 festival with a special look at the review process (ie, building a rubric, expanding committee and helping coordinate/schedule meetings).

  • Maintain communication with a network of arts industry contacts (including other non-profit arts organizations, community festivals, and more) with the goal of finding opportunities to collaborate and integrate programming.

  • Assist Fringe staff with community events, including pre-Festival workshops, Town Halls, and Office Hours, as well as Festival events in June 2018.

Qualifications

  • The qualified individual is organized, focused, positive, outgoing, strategic and empathetic.

  • Preferred experience of working or studying in an arts or non-profit environment and experience or knowledge of non-profit programming and community outreach

  • Candidate should be working towards or have completed a Bachelor’s degree

  • Ability to work well as part of local and remote teams and also on own initiative.

  • Should have high energy and a flexible schedule.

What to Expect

  • A fast-paced, collaborative work environment.

  • A fluctuating, independent work schedule varying from 3 – 10 hours a week

  • Potential to become a solid fixture of the Hollywood Fringe Festival Staff.

Qualified candidates should have prior experience (or similar skills), and excellent written, verbal, interpersonal and organizational skills. Please submit your resume and a brief cover letter describing why you would like to be a part of the Fringe team to our Outreach Manager, Ellen Den Herder ([email protected]). An honorarium will be provided each Fringe season.

Deadline to apply is September 12th.


The HFF17 Interns: Rachael Garcia

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HFF17 FringeTV Intern Rachael Garcia (center) pictured with FringeTV Host James Warfield (left) & FringeTV Director Nathaniel Beaver (right)

 

The newest installment of our intern series comes from HFF17 FringeTV Intern Rachael Garcia.

 

I have gleefully attended the Hollywood Fringe Festival over the past few years. I was drawn to its anything-goes spirit and supportive community. I’m a film production major so when I saw that Fringe TV was looking for an intern I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to gain more hands on production experience, as well as contribute to and see the inner workings of an organization that supports local art.

 

All of the Fringe staff have been so supportive and welcoming. Working with Beaver, James and Stacy was always a fast-paced, fun, entertaining, and creative experience. I’ve learned more about lighting, green screening, comedic writing (and Star Trek) from this internship. I was always encouraged to ask questions to gain the most out of my experience. Working with Fringe TV allowed me to see wonderful productions and meet the masterminds behind them as well as see the goofier side of staff in front of the camera. Through this experience I’ve met an array of talented and kind individuals and attended fun events at Fringe Central. The internship was also a great way to network, as a filmmaker, with actors, directors, artists and supporters of the arts. It was a rewarding experience and I’ve been shown gratitude and guidance from staff the whole way through.


The HFF17 Interns: Bridget Driscoll

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Our HFF17 Event Intern, Bridget Driscoll (center), pictured with the Outreach Team: Ellen Den Herder (left) & Meghan McCauley (right)

This is the first installment of a series of blog posts written by the HFF17 interns. Our yearly group of interns are an essential part of our festival team and this year’s bunch was absolutely outstanding. We owe them our deepest gratitude. 

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Upon graduating from college, your world is turned completely upside down almost immediately. The structured class schedule and being steeped non-stop in your studies and peer group requires some serious transitioning out of. This was the place I was in when I applied and interviewed for the Fringe Events internship, and I was slightly terrified at the inevitable rebuilding, relocating and re-establishing that was about to take place. I knew that I would miss the community from college the most — I went to a small liberal arts college in Boston, and was very fortunate to find student theatre, a cappella, fitness, and a fraternity that would serve as my supportive tribe throughout college.

I was drawn to Fringe for this very reason, a convening of people driven by their passion for theatre-making, brought together for three weeks every year to celebrate their collective artistry. This is especially invaluable in the disjointed Los Angeles theatre scene, where the aftershocks of these connections will enrich the remaining eleven months of the year in tremendous, undetermined ways. It was truly a privilege to contribute my time and energy to such an event, and it was inspiring to see an organization accomplish exactly what it intended with the help of a talented, generous and hardworking staff.

It was a running comment through this year’s Fringe that it was “blowing up” in a way different from past years, there was a sense of infectious momentum throughout the entire festival. My specific area of responsibility was producing the networking & social events, such as the Opening Night, Runway, Prom, Awards and Closing Night, and this energy could not have been more apparent. The creative spirit was palpable and participants were so eager and enthusiastic be there, I knew very quickly that I found the community that I had set out to find. I look forward to supporting the Fringe and its mission in any and every way in the future, and will be riding the wave of inspiration I’ve gained from the experience in the meantime.


Official HFF17 Stats: Bigger Than Ever

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Purple wants to thank you for helping to make this our most successful year yet! // Photo: Matt Kamimura

This year’s numbers reflect a growth trend that has been in place since the festival began in 2010: 

  • The festival sold over 65,000 individual tickets (from 17,000 in 2010).
  • The festival sold an estimated $540,000 in tickets this year (from $50,000 in 2010, almost 1,000% growth).
  • In its eight year history, Hollywood Fringe has returned over $2.3 million to artists.
  • 375 productions participated in this year’s event (from 180 in 2010), mounting 2,064 performances at 51 spaces throughout central Hollywood and some West Hollywood locations.  
  • 1,802 artists and producers participated in this year’s Hollywood Fringe.

The central Fringe organization doesn’t retain any of the ticketing proceeds; all $540,000 have been returned to Fringe artists and venues.

Want to see Fringe continue? Please make a tax-deductible donation at hollywoodfringe.org/donate


Give Fringe Your Feedback

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How do YOU think #hff17 went? // The Opening Number at the 2017 Award Ceremony // Photo: Matt Kamimura

The 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival is now over (official numbers to be announced next week!), which means it’s time for us to start planning for next year. We rely heavily on feedback from our community and humbly ask for you help evaluating how we did during this festival.

First, please take a few minutes to fill out our HFF17 Survey, which you can find at www.hollywoodfringe.org/survey

Second, please attend our Post-Fringe Town Hall, which will be happening Monday, July 24th at Sacred Fools from 8-10pm. Festival Director Ben Hill will moderate a discussion about how we can work together to further build, strengthen and improve our community. Reserve a seat by visiting the link above. 


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