THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL BLOG
May 29, 2012 by Stacy Jones Hill
Hollywood, CA— Hollywood Fringe Festival organizers announced details about Student Fringe today, an arts education program the Festival is launching this year. For two days during the Fringe— June 8th & June 15th— the Fringe will bring local schools and students to Fringe venues for a full day of educational and youth-friendly programming provided by Fringe artists and students. “The program has two goals,” said Meghan McCauley, Outreach Director, “to provide an alternative arts education experience for local youth and to give Fringe artists the opportunity to give back to the community.”
All Student Fringe programming is completely free for students and educators. The Fringe is also supporting transportation costs, thanks in part to a partnership with Los Angeles Councilmember Eric Garcetti. Just over 200 students from Bancroft Middle School (Hollywood), East LA Performing Arts Academy (East Los Angels), Gabriella Charter School (Echo Park) and Southeast Middle School (Southgate) will attend. McCauley continued, “Some of these kids have only seen high-budget or classical theater. Some of them have seen very few live performances at all. We feel like every child should have the opportunity to experience the arts; and beyond that, the inspiration and resources to create their own opportunities.”
Fringe groups include: Lost Moon Radio, Pam Noles’ “Death 40 Feet Tall!”, Four Clowns, Joshua Silverstein (spoken word artist & educator), Stage Combat with Peter Berube, and “Poe and Mathews: A Misadventure in the Middle of Nowhere”. All participating Fringe artists were hand-picked due to their youth-friendly performances or their educational expertise. Many will provide interactive workshops or Q&A sessions. There will also be student performances by GCS Company, a 28-member company of dancers from Gabriella Charter School in Echo Park, and H20, the highly acclaimed show choir from Hollywood High.
The third annual Hollywood Fringe Festival will run June 14th to June 24th, but programming will actually begin during Previews Week starting June 7th. Student Fringe will occur on the first two Fridays: June 8th and June 15th. Performances will take place at the Fringe Central Mainstage (at Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd.) on June 8th and at Actor’s Circle Theatre (7313 Santa Monica Blvd.) on June 15th, as a donation from Coeurage Theatre.
ABOUT HOLLYWOOD FRINGE
The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual celebration of the emerging arts. Environments for the Fringe include both traditional and unorthodox venues; fully equipped theatres, street corners, clubs, bars, and places unexpected. Performances are self-produced by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers. In the spirit of most Fringes, participation is open and uncensored.
In June 2011, over 200 groups participated and over 20,000 tickets were sold, making the festival one of the largest of its kind in the United States. The event has been called “an artful feast” by the LA Times, “a roaring success” by Backstage, and “a triumph” by LA Weekly.
The Hollywood Fringe’s Mission Statement:
Host an environment for bold and experimental works
Champion underground art and artists
Vitalize the arts industry in Los Angeles
Promote and enrich the Hollywood neighborhood
Key Festival Dates
June 7th-12th- Fringe Previews
June 13th- Fringe Opening Night Party
June 14th-24th- 3rd Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival
June 24th- Fringe Award Ceremony & Closing Night Party
Participants seeking more information can contact the festival at [email protected] or by visiting the website at www.HollywoodFringe.org.
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May 22, 2012 by Ben Hill
Thanks to all who joined us at the last Town Hall of the year! A big thanks goes out to all those at the Elephant Theatre Company for hosting us.
In this Town Hall, we discussed a wide range of topics including ticketing, fringing, promoting, and maximizing personal enrichment from your Fringe experience.
For those of you who missed it (or want to revisit old times), we recorded the proceedings.
Still have questions? Email us at [email protected].
May 07, 2012 by Meghan McCauley
The Hollywood Fringe Festival is delighted and proud to announce Student Fringe, a new outreach program for Festival 2012. Student Fringe will provide middle and high school aged students with an immersive arts education experience through a full day of workshops and performances at Fringe Central.
Student Fringe will be led by a diverse group of experienced LA-based actors, musicians, teachers, and producers – from comedy to clowns, music to spoken word, and more. Student Fringe provides a glimpse into the alternative arts world, where a do-it-yourself mindset is both encouraged and celebrated.
The goal is to show students the many ways they can be a part of the artistic community, the many different types of arts that are available to them, and to provide them with an experience that is both educational and entertaining. We want LA students to FRINGE with us!
We currently have several schools from different parts of Los Angeles coming to join us and one another for Student Fringe, but we still have some room for more! If you are an LA-based teacher or educator who may want to bring a class to attend Student Fringe, please e-mail [email protected] to learn more.
April 27, 2012 by Ben Hill
Many thanks to our esteemed panel at the first ever Fringe Workshop last night and to all of you who attended. For those who couldn’t make it, here’s a recording of the proceedings.
So without further ado, here’s Gregory Crafts, Gedaly Guberek, Aaron Kozak, Monica Miklas, Dana Murphy, Kathryn Primeau, Matthew Quinn and our host Stacy Jones Hill. The event was produced by the ever fantastic Meghan McCauley.
Still have questions? Email us at [email protected].
April 19, 2012 by Ben Hill
NOTE: These dates apply to the 2012 Festival.
To provide an equal opportunity for everyone to benefit from premium ad placement in the Fringe Guide, we have adopted the custom of auctioning off these spaces. The premium ads auction begins tonight at 7pm pacific (Tuesday, April 17) and ends this Friday (April 20) at 7pm pacific. We will send out a reminder email as the auction nears a close.
You can view and bid on the auction by following this link.
This year we have four ads on the block:
- The Back Cover (oooh, ahhhh)
- The Inner Front Cover (one page turn on the left)
- The Left Centerfold
- The Right Centerfold
Only full page ads qualify. You may still bid if you have already purchased a smaller sized ad; you must provide full page art on final payment when the auction ends this week.
Bids start at $500 (the participant cost of a full page ad). If you have already paid for a Fringe ad, the amount you paid will be deducted from the winning bid. There are “buy it now” prices this year for those that want to secure a premium spot before the auction is complete.
Contact us at [email protected] with any questions.
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