31

JUL 2023

The Edinburgh Fringe’s 76th-anniversary festival begins next week! Running August 4-28, EdFringe has thousands of shows taking place in Scotland, with DOZENS of performers and shows from Hollywood Fringe that have taken the leap across the pond. Check out the Edinburgh Fringe website to learn more about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! 

Shows and performers from Hollywood Fringe performing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe:

8:03

A Retrospection

A Shark Ate My Penis: A History of Boys Like Me

A Terrible Show for Terrible People

Asexuality! 

Attack of the 36 Triple-G Woman

Avital Ash Workshops Her Suicide Note

Breakup Addict

Calling in Love 

Celebrity Girlfriend Draft 

Chris Grace: As Scarlett Johansson

Chriskirkpatrickmas: A Boy Band Christmas Musical 

Flamencodanza

Four

Good and Gaslit 

Grown Up Orphan Annie 

Les Millénniables 

Mark Pleases You

Nick Pupo: Addicted

Olivia Xing: Party School 

Pablo Escobar Doesn’t Need a Second Job 

Redflag(s) 

Shagadelic: The Origins of Slang Words for Doing It

Sherlock Holmes The Last Act 

The Portable Dorothy Parker 

Too Big For Her Britches

Two Cats on a Date

Did we miss any? If you have a show at EdFringe that you have performed at HFF, let us know, and we will add you to the list! Email [email protected]

Are you looking to take your show on the road? There are so many different Fringey opportunities. Fringe Festivals come in all different shapes and sizes; some are open access (anyone can take part by registering), first come, first served, created by lottery, juried, part programmed, or a mix of them all.

Check out the World Fringe Network and their helpful database of Fringe Festivals worldwide. 

 Fringe On! 

25

JUN 2023

HFF23 Community Awards (“The Freaks”)
voted on by Fringe patrons and community

Cabaret and Variety Winner:

The Ramón Show & Friends: Collective Healing

Cabaret and Variety Nominees:

The Best-Of the Pack Theater
Get Naughty ! The Krampus Musical
Karma in a Fishbowl
School for Love


Comedy Winner:

BUGS!

Comedy Nominees:
Oh, Lorraine!
Homeless Romantic
Nick Pupo: Addicted
Little Stars Youth Theatre Presents: MACBETH (a solo show)
Raise Your Hand… From the DEAD!!


Dance and Physical Theatre Winner:
Palmares

Dance and Physical Theatre Nominees:
Ode to La Pachuca
The Month Long Ham Festival
Flamencodanza
Rhythm Delivered


Drama Winner:

YONI KI KAHANIYA (#YKK): Vagina Stories

Drama Nominees:

Arizona Rain
Hedda Gabler
Nocturne
Big Money


Immersive and Games Winners:

SoundTrip: Fringe Edition

Immersive and Games Nominees:

The Collective: A 1920s Mafia Immersive Experience
DISROBED – Live on Stage!
Thank You So Much For Coming
No fucks given. None taken. All done.


Musicals and Operas Winner:

The Allure of Thug Life

Musicals and Operas Nominees:

Prince Harry: Live! At Coachella
Les Millénniables
Truly Outrageous: A Jem & The Holograms Parody Musical
Cherries, Rare & Fair: A Quest for Orgasmic Rainbows


Solo Performance Winner:

Getting There! Rebecca O’Brien

Solo Performance Nominees:
5 years or 5 minutes
Iphigenia in Splott
A Shark Ate My Penis: a History of Boys Like Me
I Can’t Indian Good
Mark Pleases You
This Was Never Supposed To Be A One Woman Show
Missionary Positions
A Retrospection


Two Person Show Winner:
If I’m Good

Two Person Show Nominees:
Wounded, by Jiggs Burgess
Jolly Playtime
The Sentence
Winona


International Winner:

Take Me As I Am: A Joni Mitchell Tribute

International Nominees:
Winona
Birds and the Curiosity
Cherry
We Are Nothing Without Hantu-Hantu


World Premiere Winner:
A Shark Ate My Penis: a History of Boys Like Me

World Premiere Nominees:
Flayed
Coffee, Tea, and Gin
SMOTE THIS, A Comedy About God…and other Serious $h*t
Little Stars Youth Theatre Presents: MACBETH (a solo show)


Top of the Fringe Winner:

A Retrospection

Top of the Fringe Nominees:
Getting There! Rebecca O’Brien
Iphigenia in Splott
Missionary Positions
If I’m Good

 

Discover Fringe Awards
selected by the presenting company

2Cents’ Immersive Worlds Award, presented by 2Cents Theatre’s Loose Change:

Winner:

 Little Stars Youth Theatre Presents: MACBETH (a solo show)

Nominees:

The Collective: A 1920s Mafia Immersive Experience

Fishbowl Sonata
Flayed
fuckin loud
Infierno
MS 499: Advertising and the Social Construction of Gender
SoundTrip: Fringe Edition


Ella Turenne Award, presented by the Hollywood Fringe Access Advisory Board:

Winner:

The Allure of Thug Life

Nominees:

fuckin loud
Love List
SMOTE THIS, A Comedy About God…and other Serious $h*t
Wild Hand


International Fringe Encore Series, presented by Soho Playhouse:

Winner:

Wounded, by Jiggs Burgess

Nominees:

The Movement You Need (a work in progress)
If I’m Good
fuckin loud
SoundTrip: Fringe Edition


Jaxx’s Cultural Arts Envoy Award, presented by Jaxx Theatricals:

Winner:

Something Like…Musical

Nominees:

The Allure of Thug Life
Love is a Battlefield 
Missionary Positions
Ric Iverson is Alive and Well and Living in Milpitas
Rotten Apple
A Shark Ate My Penis: A History of Boys Like Me
This Was Never Supposed To Be A One Woman Show
Wounded, by Jiggs Burgess
Yoni Ki Kahaniya (#YKK): Vagina Stories


No Room in the Green Room Award, presented by Make Believe Stage Productions, LLC:

Winner:

ANNEX

Nominees:

Cadenza | Sci-Fi Thriller
Love is a Battlefield
Fatal Loins
Big Money
The Month Long Ham Festival 
Runaway Rue


O Face Award for Most Orgasmic Production, presented by Orgasmico Theatre Company:

Winner:

Take Me As I Am: A Joni Mitchell Tribute

Nominees:

If I’m Good
The Movement You Need (a work in progress)
Sinatra: Raw
Wounded, by Jiggs Burgess


Soaring Solo Social Impact Award, presented by Soaring Solo LLC:

Winner:

Flayed

Nominees:

Getting There! Rebecca O’Brien
WE ARE NOTHING WITHOUT HANTU-HANTU
fuckin loud
Impatient
SMOTE THIS, A Comedy About God…and other Serious $h*t


Splash Award, presented by Namba Performing Arts Space Inc.:

Winner:

Ode to la Pachuca

Nominees:

Missionary Positions
The Allure of Thug Life
Is Krishna There? A Begum Akhtar Story
5 Years or 5 Minutes
I Feel The Need


Springboard Award, presented by Fringe Management LLC:

Winner:

Take Me As I Am: A Joni Mitchell Tribute

Nominees:

Lebanese Debutante
Runaway Rue
SMOTE THIS, A Comedy About God…and other Serious $h*t
Wounded, by Jiggs Burgess


The Catania Off Fringe Festival Exchange Award, presented by Catania Off Fringe Festival:

Winner:

Take Me As I Am: A Joni Mitchell Tribute

Nominees:

fuckin loud
SMOTE THIS, A Comedy About God…and other Serious $h*t


The Loud Karma Emerging Women and Nonbinary Playwright’s Award, presented by Loud Karma Productions, LLC:

WINNER: Big Money

SECOND PLACE: Two Cats on a Date

THIRD PLACE: Birds and the Curiosity

Nominees:

Arizona Rain
fuckin loud
Ghosts Can’t Pay Rent
The Sentence


The San Diego International Fringe Festival Exchange Award, presented by the San Diego International Fringe Festival:
WINNER: Infierno
WINNER: Haunting Rights

Nominees:

Flayed
Rhythm Delivered


The Sydney Fringe Festival Exchange Award, presented by the Sydney Fringe Festival:

Winner:

A Shark Ate My Penis: a History of Boys Like Me

Nominees:

Lebanese Debutante
The Allure of Thug Life


The Theatre Theater Playwright Award, presented by the Theatre Theater Podcast:

Winner:

Infierno

Nominations:

The Lemming Effect
Restoration
Arizona Rain
Under the Influence


Extension Awards

HOLLYWOOD ENCORE PRODUCERS’ AWARD

 

ASYLUM @ MCCADDEN THEATRE

Soirées Fantastique – An Hour Of Victorian Enchantment

Stuck With You

The Lemming Effect

Two Weeks

We Got Your Six

 

ASYLUM @ STEPHANIE FEURY STUDIO THEATRE

A Definitive Ranking Of My Closest Friends

A Flight Of Comedy From Andy Wasif

Attack Of The 36ggg Woman (From 3 Clubs)

Chips (From Art Of Acting Studio)

Do Any Of You Know Who This Is?

Dream Big

Featuring Loretta

Good And Gaslit

Grown Up Orphan Annie (From The Broadwater)

Haunting Rights (From The Broadwater)
Heart Of Golden Tar (From The Broadwater)

Jolly Playtime (From The Broadwater)

Mark Pleases You (From The Broadwater)

Patient 13 (From The Broadwater )
Shagadelic: The Origins Of Slang Words For Doing It (From The Broadwater)

Smote This, A Comedy About God…And Other Serious $H*T  (From The Broadwater)

Sonnets From Suburbia

The Allure Of Thug Life (From 905 Cole)

The King & I, And Paul

The Queen Of Bitcoin: The Rise And Fall

Things To Avoid In A Eulogy (The Broadwater)

Title Pending

Trying

Under The Influence (From The Broadwater)

Unwrapped

Wild Hand (From 905 Cole)
Will The Real Me Please Stand Up

Wounded (From The Broadwater)

Yoni Ki Kahaniya (From The Broadwater)

 

ASYLUM @ THYMELE ARTS

Chris Grace: As Scarlett Johansson

Down To Earth
Homeless Romantic

Refuge 

Restoration

Something Like… Musical



JAXX

Cherries, Rare & Fair: A Quest For Orgasmic Rainbows (From 3 Clubs)

Last Stop: In Between 

Missionary Positions (From Zephyr)

Monkeys (From 905 Cole)

Monsters (From Broadwater)

Ric Iverson Is Alive & Well & Living In Milpitas (From Broadwater)

Rotten Apple (From Broadwater)

A Shark Ate My Penis: A History Of Boys Like Me (From Broadwater)

Something Like…musical (From Asylum @ Thymele)

This Was Never Supposed To Be A One Woman Show (From Broadwater)

Trust Me, I’m From Essex (From Broadwater)

 

LIMBIC ARTHOUSE

Love Is A Battlefield

Nocturne

World Peace

 

THE ZEPHYR

Breakup Addict

Coffee, Tea, and Gin

I Can’t Indian Good

Missionary Positions

The Box

The Sad Life Of A Happy Man

 

STUDIO/STAGE

Arizona Rain

Can’t Hardly Date

Dime Store Detective Stories

Disrobed

Hitchcock Lane

MADD about the Boy

Messianic Moments and Cosmic Conversations

Prince Harry: LIVE At Coachella

Truly Outrageous

Shroombody to Love 

The Ho who Got A Bad Review 

 

THE MADNANI THEATER

It’s Your Fault

Karma In A Fishbowl

Romeo & Juliet

 

HUDSON

Ms 499: Advertising And The Social Construction Of Gender

Homegrown Collective: Coming Home To The Soul

Birds And The Curiosity

Tripping On Life

High Heels On Wheels

The Nether

Getting There!

My Dead Dad

Cadenza

Penny Stinkers Improv Presents: The Living Room Special

No Fucks Given. None Taken.  All Done.  

Black When I Was A Boy: Part Ii Blacked Out 

 

ACTORS COMPANY

90’s Hip-Hop Raised Me: A One Woman Show

A Child Of Tennesse

A Normal Comedy Show. Nothing Evil Will Happen, We Presume.

A Retrospection

Annie Is Fancy

Being 80: Too Old To Change?

Big Money

Boom, Headshot!: A Geek Tragedy

Detroit

Fatal Loins

Ghosts Can’t Pay Rent

Holy Waters

How To Be A Man

Interns

Keeper

Love List

Most Likely To 

Runaway Rue

The Importance Of Being Anxious

The Year That Carrie Fisher Died

Tv Land: The Live Immersive Show

 

THREE CLUBS

The Collective: A 1920s Mafia Immersive Experience

Take Me As I Am: A Joni Mitchell Tribute

 

BEST OF BROADWATER

Smote This, A Comedy About God…And Other Serious $H*T  

Lebanese Debutante 

Oh, Lorraine

A Shark Ate My Penis: A History Of Boys Like Me 

Cross My Heart 

Grown Up Orphan Annie 

Nick Pupo: Addicted 

Mark Pleases You 

Iphigenia In Splott 

Under The Influence 

Avital Ash Workshops Her Suicide Note (Work In Progress) 

Little Stars Youth Theater Presents: Macbeth (A Solo Show) 

Yoni Ki Kahaniya: Vagina Stories 

Thank You So Much For Coming 

Flayed 

Sound Trip: Fringe Edition 

Wounded, By Jiggs Burgess

Things To Avoid In A Eulogy 

5 Years In Amsterdam 

Sinatra: Raw 

Rhythm Delivered 

Hedda Gabler 

Waiting For A Show

Palmares 

The Movement You Need (A Work In Progress) 

If I’m Good 

Raise Your Hand…from The Dead!

 

29

MAY 2023

Connect with our Access Advisory Board this week at Office Hours!

Wednesday, May 31st 7-10pm at Saint Felix Hollywood.

 

What is the Hollywood Fringe Access Advisory Board? (Formerly known as the Access Committee)

The Hollywood Fringe Festival Access Advisory Board is comprised of experienced fringe producers, community members, and access focused professionals in the theatre industry. They meet on a regular basis to assess our organizational practices and processes, document successful approaches to equity, and identify areas of inequity that need to be addressed. 

 

CURRENT MEMBERS

Dan Lovato, AKA Pastiche Queen (They/Them) is a non-binary latindigenous, interdisciplinary performance artist from Denver, CO currently based in Hollywood, CA. Their work as an actor and slam poet has been featured on AppleTV’s “Dear: Viola Davis”, Facebook’s “Queer Community Leaders of Color Initiative”, and The REDCAT Theater Artist-In-Residency Program. Pastiche’s most recent one-person show at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, “Level One Gygax”, won The 2022 Theatricum Botanicum Wordsmith Award for advancing the artform of storytelling as well as being an Access Scholarship recipient. You can see them most Tuesday’s at Da Poetry Lounge.

 

Diana Elizabeth Jordan is an Award-Winning Actor, Solo Artist, Theater & Filmmaker, Disability & IDEA Influencer and founder & Chief Creative Artivist Of The Rainbow Butterfly Café.  She has been cast in over 60 theater productions, film and television including CBS’s S.W.A.T. She was one of 20 actors selected from over 7,000 applicants for the inaugural Warner Media Discovery Access Talent Showcase. She performed her solo show Happily Ever After (One Woman’s Journey To Find A True Love) at the 2021 Hollywood Fringe where she received a diversity scholarship, Pick of The Fringe and an Encore Producers Award honors. She is an award nominated director, a producer, the founder of two production companies Dreaming Big On A Swing Entertainment and The Rainbow Butterfly Café. Diana is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association and one of the disabled advocates for Women of Color Unite and serves on The Hollywood Fringe Diversity Committee. Whether portraying a character, sharing a personal story, directing, or producing a project, Diana is committed to celebrating the power of resiliency and disability intersectionality through the transformative power of storytelling. www.dianaelizabethjordan.com @fromtheheartdej on twitter, tiktok and instagram

 

Matthew S. Robinson* is a playwright and director who has made several Fringe shows including “Olivia Wilde Does Not Survive The Apocalypse”, “BlackBalled” and “Mary’s Medicine.” A member of the Fringe Access Committee and Scholarship Panel, he is committed to fostering more inclusion and access to the performing arts throughout the Los Angeles area. www.matthewsrobinson.com

 

Michelle Roshanzamir* is the Executive Director of Donna Sternberg & Dancers and Founder/Consultant at MVR Creative.  Receiving her BFA from CalArts, and MBA (and minor in Theatre/Arts Management) from CSULB.  The work she does centers around helping creators, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders bridge the gap between the vision of what they want to do with the business side to actually make it happen.  She helps leaders develop the business strategy; develop and run programs and events; develop systems and operations; and create a plan of action so you can remove the stress, increase revenue, and bring your vision to life.

 

Natasha Lewin* is a HFF Mentor, part of the ACCESS Advisory Board, as well as the Diversity Scholarship Board. Her 2017 HFF Diversity Scholarship-winning play was adapted into an Oscar-qualifying short film as well as a YA graphic novel memoir.  She can’t wait to see your show! 

 

Peerada Meemalayath* is a first generation Asian American and as an actor, activist, and overall artist, she one day strives to open up her own theater company that focuses on pressing societal issues. Recently, she graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Theater B.F.A. degree. Though she is mostly trained in the Stanislavski method and Contemporary works, she has also studied classical work such as Shakespeare and Chekhov. She has also studied other performative skills like dance, mask work, movement, voice, stage combat, accents, musical theater, clowning, commedia dell’arte and film acting. These various tools ultimately allow Peerada to create her own work on what she is most passionate about. Peerada strongly believes in adopting theater as a catalyst for social change. Whether she devises new work individually or by collaborating with other artists on narratives that focus on a voice for the voiceless, she ultimately gives back to the world with her art. Overall, as a human being and as an artist, Peerada wants to leave the world knowing that she left a positive impact. She wishes to affect people and to share ideas of equality and love with others. 

 

Royce Shockley* is an award-winning producer, writer and comedian originally from the great state of New Jersey. He’s a founding team member of Pack Sketch Night, and has produced shows such as Black Magic Live!, The Color Collective, The Night Cap with Stacy Rumaker and more! In addition, he’s helped others win awards by consulting or mentoring on their projects for live theater and comedy performances for festivals around the country. Believing that diversity, inclusion, and equality should be the backbone of any organization; he also is a board member for The Ledge Theater, on the Scholarship and ACCESS Committees for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and is a co-founder of the Blacktoberfest international beer festival. He has a background in political campaigns and working for “The Man” in corporate America, but now is content teaching kids when he’s not on the never ending search for the best burger in LA and being the Managing Director for The Pack Theater. You can follow him on IG @royceshockley.

 

Ruby Marez is not just a triple threat, but a quintuple threat as a comedian, drag performer, actor, writer, and first-generation Latina! Her solo show “The Ramón Show: Spiritual Cheerleading 101” featuring her drag king Ramón has garnered critical acclaim and won multiple awards at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2022, including “Best Immersive and Games Show,” “Pick of The Fringe,” and a “Producers Encore Award.” Ruby currently tours this award-winning show to colleges, theaters, and various venues across the United States. And when she’s not entertaining audiences with her solo show, she’s bringing her drag king Ramón, to festivals, comedy shows, and immersive, interactive events. Ruby is also a multi-talented writer, co-writing the original comedic pilot “Year Zero,” which was an I.F.P. finalist, (now known as The Gotham Awards) and went into development in 2018. Ruby’s acting skills have not gone unnoticed either, winning Best Actress for the short film “Corações em Fogo” at the Culture and Diversity Film Festival in 2019. Her sketch comedy duo, Arroz Con Pho, has performed at Second City L.A., in the Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Fest, and most recently to a sold-out house at S.F.’s Sketchfest in 2023! 

 

Ruby’s creative endeavors span beyond the entertainment industry. She’s also a published writer, with her essay on growing up as both Puerto Rican and Jewish in the Midwest featured in the book “What We Brought Back: Jewish Life After Birthright-Reflections by Alumni of Taglit-Birthright Israel Trips.” Check out Ruby’s and Ramón’s upcoming shows and videos on their websites: www.theramonshow.com, www.rubymarez.com And Follow Ruby and Ramón on IG: @ramonlovesyou & @queenrubes

 

Spencer Frankeberger* is an award-winning producer, director, and actor and a graduate of iO West, Second City Hollywood, and ComedySportz LA. He has an MFA in Film Production from Florida State University and is a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC). He is also a tour guide on the World-Famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood and hosts his own theme park podcast @theoreticalthrills.  www.spencerfrankeberger.com IG/TikTok: @spencer101f  

 

TL Forsberg is a critically acclaimed award-winning solo artist (“The Book That Won’t Close”); International touring artist in the Deaf Culture; Speaker on Diversity & Inclusion; American Ambassador for Disability, and an EIPA Certified Interpreter in ASL.

Her life story is featured in the award-winning documentary, “See What I’m Saying:The Deaf Entertainers Documentary,” she plays Olivia on ABC’s “Switched at Birth,” and the Band’s Sytlist in VH1’s reality TV Series ‘SuperGroup.”

As a Diversity Advocate, TL is passionate about accessibility and works as an ASL Theatrical Interpreter. Some credits include: NBC’s “ The Voice,” ABC’s “American Idol,” Theatre West, CSUF Theatre Program, USC Drama Dept, Agape International Spiritual Center and The Hollywood Fringe.

 

Terrell M. Green (MSDMM) is an artist, advocate, and educator based in Los Angeles, CA. Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Terrell has attended: University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism (M.S. in Digital Media Management); Marymount Manhattan College in NYC (B.A in Theatre Performance); The British American Drama Academy at Oxford University’s Magdalen Campus in Oxfordshire, England (Professional Certificate in Shakespeare Performance); and marionette puppetry training in Cork and Dublin, Ireland. For the past 10+ years, Terrell has created arts-integrated youth programming in literacy enrichment, social and emotional learning, sexual and reproductive health, and conflict resolution. Terrell believes that art access is a tool to combat public health issues and uses media and storytelling as data collection metrics. Terrell’s work and advocacy have been featured in American Theatre Magazine, Philly Mag, Philly Gay News, Shoutout LA, Voyage LA, LA Sentinel, Annenberg Media, The Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY, and Philly’s KYW news radio.

 

*Founding members of our Access Committee: Ella Turenne, Matthew Robinson, Michelle Roshanzamir, Natasha Lewin, Peerada Meemalayath, Royce Shockley, Rufino Romero, Spencer Frankeberger 

 

To apply for the Access Advisory Board, fill out this application: https://forms.gle/7ezHj1ctUgBZVJMA6

29

MAY 2023

In advance of HFF23, we’re here with everything Hollywood Fringe artists and participants need to know about our new arts industry program, Discover Fringe! The Discover Fringe program seeks to connect participating artists with members of the international theatre, film and television industries to take their shows beyond the Hollywood Fringe Festival stages.

Arts industry professionals from various organizations have signed up to attend HFF23, network with artists, and in some cases, present a Discover Fringe Award!

There are three types of Discover Fringe arts industry members at HFF23:

1. Discover Fringe Arts Industry: Members from various arts and entertainment organizations who are interested in networking with Hollywood Fringe artists and seeing various shows at the festival.

2. Discover Fringe Awards Presenter: Members from various arts and entertainment organizations who are interested in networking with Hollywood Fringe artists AND are presenting a Discover Fringe Award at HFF23.

3. Discover Fringe Awards Judge: Members from various arts and entertainment organizations who are a part of a Discover Fringe Award committee, and will be evaluating shows that will be considered for Discover Fringe Awards.

All three of these categories will have the ability to request comp tickets for your HFF23 shows, similar to the way press can. It is entirely up to you if you’d like to accept their comp ticket request, but we do highly recommend providing comp tickets for arts industry folks, as many of them are interested in offering opportunities to artists beyond the festival.

When a comp is requested, the primary producer will receive an email! SO CHECK YOUR EMAILS DURING THE FESTIVAL. In that email, there will be a handy link that will take you directly to a comp approval page. Super easy! 

 

23

MAY 2023

Each year at Hollywood Fringe, we celebrate the end of the festival with our Awards Ceremony and Closing Night Party (this year, it’s the evening of June 25th at The Bourbon Room!) Two types of awards are given out: Community Awards (“The Freaks”) & Discover Fringe Awards (formerly Sponsored Awards). Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about each type of award!

 

COMMUNITY AWARDS: The Community Awards, lovingly known as “The Freaks”, are determined by the Fringe community via a voting process. Fringe community members receive ballots in the last days of the festival via email. The productions with the most votes in a given category are announced as nominees hours prior to the ceremony via an email newsletter and website post, and the ultimate winners are revealed at the awards ceremony.

Who gets to vote on Community Awards? You will receive a ballot via email at the end of the festival to vote on Community Awards if you (1) are an HFF23 participant or venue manager added to a specific HFF23 project OR (2) reserve tickets for 3 or more shows on the Hollywood Fringe website OR (3) write 3 or more reviews for HFF23 shows.

Categories for HFF23 Community Awards:

      • Top of the Fringe Award
      • Fringe International Award
      • Fringe First for World Premiere
      • Fringe Award for Cabaret & Variety
      • Fringe Award for Comedy
      • Fringe Award for Dance & Physical Theatre
      • Fringe Award for Drama
      • Fringe Award for Immersive & Games
      • Fringe Award for Musicals and Operas
      • Fringe Award for Solo Performance
      • Fringe Award for Two-Person Show

 

DISCOVER FRINGE AWARDS (formerly known as Sponsored Awards): Discover Fringe Awards are presented by outside organizations to commend excellence in a number of categories. These awards tend to be more specific than the community awards and may include monetary gifts or an extension to a show’s run. Hollywood Fringe participants must submit themselves for consideration, and winners are announced at the awards ceremony along with the community awards.

How to apply for Discover Fringe Awards:

Each Discover Fringe Award presenter will have different qualifications and requirements to be considered for their awards (which can be found on their individual award pages, located HERE). Some awards will have a form to fill out, and others will require that you contact them directly through the Hollywood Fringe website to submit yourself for consideration. Be thoughtful when you submit your show to be considered for an award, and remember not to overwhelm award presenters with messages or emails – they will do their very best to see as many shows as possible. 

Sample message:

“Hi <NAME>, my name is <NAME> and I’d love to be considered for <NAME OF AWARD> for my show <NAME OF SHOW>. <add information about why your show is qualified and should be considered for the award>. Thank you for your consideration! <NAME>”

You are welcome (but not required) to comp tickets for award presenters/judges. They will request comp tickets through the Hollywood Fringe website, and their title (award presenter, judge, etc.) will be specified with the comp request. 

2023 Discover Fringe Awards: (view them all and apply here)

      • 2Cents’ Immersive Worlds Award, presented by 2Cents Theatre’s Loose Change
      • Best of the Broadwater, presented by The Broadwater
      • Ella Turenne Award, presented by Hollywood Fringe Access Advisory Committee
      • Springboard Award, presented by Fringe Management LLC
      • Hollywood Encore Producers’ Award, presented by Combined Artform
      • International Fringe Encore Series, presented by SoHo Playhouse
      • Jaxx’s Cultural Arts Envoy Award, presented by Jaxx Theatricals
      • No Room in the Green Room Award, presented by Make Believe Stage Productions, LLC
      • O Face Award for Most Orgasmic Production, presented by Orgasmico Theatre Company
      • Soaring Solo SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD, presented by Soaring Solo LLC
      • Splash Award, presented by Namba Performing Arts Space, Inc
      • The Loud Karma Emerging Women and Nonbinary Playwright’s Award, presented by Loud Karma Productions, LLC
      • The Theatre Theater Playwright Award, presented by Theatre Theater Podcast

This year, we are thrilled to help share art across the globe and create opportunities for artists to expand their reach. Through exciting collaborations with partnering Fringe Festivals, we are providing opportunity for their artists and ours. Each of these awards will include a performance opportunity in person at the following partner festivals:

VIEW ALL DISCOVER FRINGE AWARDS AND APPLY HERE!