DEC 2021

We are proud to announce the return of the Fringe Scholarships program for HFF22!

Scholarship applications are open NOW through February 14th, 2022.
Click to apply now!

Created in 2016, the Fringe Scholarships Program exists to expand and diversify the pool of artists producing work at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. The inaugural program offered free registrations to five Hollywood Fringe productions, and has since expanded to include free registration and a $550 stipend towards production costs.

Fringe Scholarships are available to first-time Hollywood Fringe producers who contribute to the ethnic, cultural, racial, disability, D/deaf, and the LGBTQ+ diversity of the Fringe community. 

This year we will, once again, award FIFTEEN shows! Our 2020 winners will also roll over their award to this year, making space for a very full and supportive HFF scholarship cohort.

To accommodate the changes our Festival is facing due to COVID-19, the following requirements have been added to our program this year. 

  • Applicants (and their production crew/actors) must reside in Southern California.
  • All scholarship recipients must produce at least three (3) live performances from a venue in the Hollywood Fringe zone during the Festival
  • Applications are open now, apply here or check hollywoodfringe.org/scholarships for more information


DEC 2021
Adapting Your Current Work to a Fringe Audience 
Creative Workshop Series Event
Wednesday, December 8th
7:00 pm-8:30 pm on Zoom (+ Hollywood Fringe FB Live) 

Are you a playwright Interested in adapting your work for Fringe and don’t know where to start?  This panel will deep dive with past Fringe award winners on how they approach the creative process specifically for a Fringe audience. 

Playwriting at Fringe 101
Creative Workshop Series Event
Sunday, December 12th
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm on Zoom (+ Hollywood Fringe FB Live) 

New to playwriting? Been around Fringe for a bit, but never in the creative process? This panel will deep dive with past Fringe award winners on how they approach writing for a Fringe audience. 

Inclusion in Storytelling Panel Hosted by RespectAbility
Creative Workshop Series Event
Tuesday, December 14th
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm on Zoom (+ Hollywood Fringe FB Live)

Co-Presented with RespectAbility. When we think of diversity in the arts, do we consider the 1-in-5 people who live with a disability? Due to a lack of accessibility and stigma, artists with disabilities rarely get to take the stage to tell their own stories. This event will feature a conversation with industry leaders about writing for disabled voices.
RespectAbility is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that fights stigmas and advances opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. Join us at respectability.org.
This Creative Workshop session is PWYC with a suggested ticket price of $10. All donations for workshops hosted by partner organizations will go directly to those organizations.


NOV 2021

We are overjoyed to share with you the preliminary numbers from the first ever hybrid Hollywood Fringe Festival.

  • The festival sold over 13,900 individual tickets
  • The festival sold an estimated $120,000 in tickets this year
  • In its eleven year history, Hollywood Fringe has returned over $3.6 million to artists.
  • 129 productions participated in this year’s event, mounting 724 performances at 18 spaces throughout central Hollywood, and some West Hollywood locations, not including the many spaces used around the world to livestream in from beyond the zone.
  • Of the 724 performances, 381 were digital and 341 were performed for an in-person audience. 
  • 531 artists and producers participated in this year’s Hollywood Fringe.

Our annual report with a more detailed breakdown will be released in the coming months.

The safety of our community was always our top priority, from our initial announcement of a livestream only festival, to our hybrid pivot with heightened safety measures requiring masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. Our community’s caution and care for one another paid off, and we are happy to announce along with our festival numbers that there were no on-site festival-related COVID cases reported this year.

In a year of new challenges, our community rose to meet them with the kind of fervor that makes Fringe a driving force in the development and practice of performing arts. Congratulations to all our artists and Fringe On!


OCT 2021

Since 2010, we have collectively generated more than $4.3 million for artists and venues in the Hollywood neighborhood. Thank you for being part of our Fringe world! 

We depend on sponsors, partners, donors, and volunteers to help us continue our work in the community and grow our programs. You can learn more about all the great organizations we work with down below. 

You can also support the Hollywood Fringe by donating

This year more than ever, it took the efforts of so many people and organizations to make this Fringe possible. We couldn’t have done it without every sponsor and partner. Thank you for continuing to support the Fringe community. 


Thank You to All our Grantees, Sponsors, & Partners


National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Gather, The Gothenburg Fringe Festival, Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI), NoHo Arts District, RespectAbility, Calling Up Justice, The League of Experiential and Immersive Artists (LEIA), World Fringe Alliance, World Fringe Network, United States Association of Fringe Festivals (USAFF), The Broadwater Plunge, The Complex Hollywood, as well as all the many theaters that make up Hollywood Fringe. 

Thank you to all the businesses that participate in our Hot Spot program: Brasil Kiss Coffeebar, Bungalow 40, Eat This Cafe, Jesse Boy, St. Felix, The Broadwater Plunge, and Thymele Arts.

Thank you for supporting art, for supporting community, and for helping us bring theatre back. 

Because of you, we Fringe On! 


SEP 2021

Through an international exchange partnership with the Gothenburg Fringe Festival, we are proud to announce that Dirty Chai is the inaugural recipient of the Fringe Abroad Award. 

This new exchange program celebrates the art that connects us globally and the reach this new digital medium can provide our participants and audience.  

This year we welcomed a show from the Gothenburg Fringe program to our festival screens and they chose Dirty Chai from the Hollywood Fringe to join their festival’s Digital Day’s program, September 4-7. 

How to Watch

You can experience Dirty Chai digitally or in person this Sunday, September 5th, at 12 pm PT. 

If you are local to Hollywood, you can be a part of their in-person audience by purchasing tickets here.  

Or you can buy tickets to their livestream through The Gothenburg Fringe Festival’s Digital Days Program here

About Dirty Chai 

DIRTY CHAI, a hip hop Bollywood musical, is a colorful & crazy dramedy, full of heart!

Chai’s parents have promised her to a nice Indian boy, and the wedding is in ten days. With her back against the wall, not yet ready to give in to this assault on her freedoms, Chai leaves home but unexpectedly falls in love with a charming & mysterious stranger, making a powder keg out of an already complicated situation. Chai finds forbidden love with a fearless American girl, Ronnie, and is trapped between upholding her family’s traditions or following her heart, which goes against everything she’s been taught.

Chai is a messy concoction of two very different cultures, two conflicting identities, and two opposing desires, just like the dirty chai she orders each morning- a perfect brew of espresso and chai (tea). 

Filled with excitement and sarcasm, DIRTY CHAI challenges the walls of formality, fear, and judgment that separate people. Every cause has an effect in this intricately interwoven dramedy about human lives, embracing family, and the chaos of falling in love. 

The Gothenburg Fringe Festival

The Gothenburg Fringe Festival is an explosion of creativity. Cutting-edge performance art comes to life in unique and unexpected venues across the city. September will mark the festival’s sixth year presenting uncensored performance art that stimulates, educates, and entertains. Check out the Gothenburg Fringe’s Digital Day’s full program running September 4-7.