Meet Fringe Central Technical Director Corwin Evans

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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

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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

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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

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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

Meet Staff Photographer Matt Kamimura

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Matt Kamimura, Staff Photographer #proselfie

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.

Haha!

 

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:

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It was a dark and stormy night.

the record skips and scratches to a stop

Wait…

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?

Really. Today, I took a nap under a tree before a photo session with some Fringers.

 

Anything Else?

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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