17

JUN 2020

Dear Fringers,

We would like to start out this letter by recognizing the atrocities being committed against the Black community. This must stop. Hollywood Fringe rejects the inequities and injustices that are upheld by systemic racism. We mourn the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, George Floyd, Riah Milton, Robert Fuller, the 608 LA County Residents whose lives have been lost at the hands of police since 2012, as well as the countless others affected by police brutality in the United States and across the globe. Hollywood Fringe stands with Black Lives Matter.

In order to uplift Black voices and give space to community action, Fringe has paused our planned online June celebration and programming until further notice.

As a staff, we have committed to the following long-term goals to address racial  inequity in our own community:

  • Work with our ACCESS committee to assess our organizational practices and processes and identify areas of inequity that need addressing. More on our ACCESS committee’s goals here.
  • After each ACCESS committee meeting, our staff will meet to reflect and address the issues.
  • We will increase the number of scholarships available to underrepresented artists in our community (this year we have increased to 13, in 2021 we will increase to 15).
  • Along with adding workshops that represent BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) voices and expertise within our own community, we will increase our partnerships with BIPOC theatre companies and artists on our current list of creative and producers workshop series.

We are dedicated to working towards the above goals in alignment with our mission statement: to produce an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community.

To maintain space to hold these conversations, the Hollywood Fringe will be presenting the following upcoming programs:

Wednesday, June 17 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm & Wednesday, July 1st from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Virtual Office Hours | Discord/Zoom

During these Virtual Office Hours, we encourage artists to come in ready to discuss the structural inequities in our community. There will be separate breakout sessions to address any issues you have witnessed directly with Fringe staff. If you are unable to attend this meeting, please feel free to email [email protected] with any questions, comments, or concerns you would like to see the Hollywood Fringe staff address.

Saturday, June 27 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Listening Session & Roundtable with the Hollywood Fringe ACCESS Committee

An open, brave and receptive discussion organized, moderated and led by the Hollywood Fringe ACCESS committee to identify ways to institute change in the Hollywood Fringe and the LA Theatre community at large. This discussion will be on Zoom, pre-register for a spot here. The chat will also be live-streamed on YouTube.

If you are not able to attend, but have a question, comment or discussion topic suggestion, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/eoqXfG7ZVQ5KU63V6

We look forward to listening to you, our community, and addressing these issues. We are committed to doing better and being stronger together.

Thank you,

The Hollywood Fringe Staff

27

MAY 2020

Bring Bryan’s Bar into your home with this five Fringe Freak Cocktails creating by Pierce & Luna! The fabulous concoctions feature some of our favorite boozy brands: Q Mixers, Tequila Herradura, The Real McCoy, Pomp & Whimsey Gin Liqueur, Mulholland Gin, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey.

 

 

 

 

 

11

MAY 2020

While our community is not able to meet in person right now, we have seen our community begin to explore online spaces to keep the performing arts alive.

From play readings to digital performances, we wanted to provide you with a marketing and ticketing platform that will help bring your event to the next level.

From now until the social distancing orders are lifted and performances can begin in person, you may use hollywoodfringe.org to register any online project free of charge that follows safety and social distancing protocols as laid out by the California state and Los Angeles city governments.

Benefits of registering a project include:

  • 100% of proceeds go back to you and no hidden fees. Hollywood Fringe will only charge your audience a modest $1.75 service fee for tickets priced $15 or less. There will be zero fees for free performances.
  • Increase your web presence. A dedicated, customizable home on our website and access to its promotional tools.
  • Free advertisement through our website. Be featured in the “coming up next” on our home page.
  • A dedicated support system. Access to our participant support team to help you through your Fringe experience.

To register, you will need to create a project on hollywoodfringe.org. To learn more about how to create a project, check out our registration blogpost here.  When registering, apply to the “On The Virtual Fringe” venue. On the registration screen, select the free virtual registration. Contact [email protected] to take advantage of free online ads to help you promote your work.

We’re excited to help promote the virtual events our community is still producing. Visit our website for a complete schedule.

28

APR 2020

Virtual Fringe Cabaret brings the best in comedy, magic, music, storytelling, dance, circus, and all around good fun directly into your home! 
We will include past performances from the Fringe Cabaret stage as well as highlight acts from around the globe during our World Fringe segments!
Performances will debut with watch parties via FringeTV on YouTube! Join us on May 8th and May 22nd at 8pm to chat with fellow Fringers, HFF staff, and theatre lovers from around the world!

Want to participate? 

We are booking fun acts that include variety, magic, dance, music, comedy, and general silliness!

Location: Online
Deadline: Ongoing
Submissions Accepted: We are looking for videos that have been created during the lockdown order, not archival footage. We want you to be creative while in quarantine! Hollywood Fringe Vets may submit footage of previous performances on the Fringe Cabaret stage for a special ‘flashback feature’. We will also be including filmed from home performances from World Fringe Festival participants in a special segment. Fill out this application and submit your video!

Questions? Email [email protected]

28

APR 2020

Hatchery Arts, parent organization of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, will identify a minimum of two staff, eight current or past festival participants, and one board member who will serve as the organization’s Access Committee. This committee will meet on a regular basis to conduct assessments of Hatchery Arts’ organizational practices and processes, document successful approaches to equity, and identify areas of inequity that need addressing by Hatchery Arts leadership and staff. 

This committee will also be responsible for making recommendations and setting equity goals for subsequent phases of Hatchery Arts’ CEI planning. This initial phase of work will commence in January of 2020 and conclude September 30, 2021; results of the audits and the recommended next steps will be shared publicly on the Hollywood Fringe Festival website and other publications as appropriate, as well as at regular meetings of the Hatchery Arts Board of Directors.

Hatchery Arts intends to preserve the dignity and professionalism of the workplace as well as protect the right of employees to be free from discrimination, unlawful harassment, retaliation and inappropriate conduct toward others. Hatchery Arts leadership and staff acknowledge that it is critical to include practices throughout the fabric of the organization to advance equity within its community and sphere of influence. This commitment is infused in all areas of the organization’s work as described below. Hatchery Arts will implement its commitment to cultural equity and inclusion through the following methods/methodologies:

Attendees and participants for the festival and year-round programming:

  • Continue to develop and expand programs that provide financial and production assistance to producers and artists who might otherwise be excluded from participating in the festival due to economic challenges.
  • Establish and promote new protocols that facilitate diverse participation in the festival in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability status, religion, class, and indigenous heritage.
  • Expand our marketing efforts to reach Spanish-speaking audiences
  • Further our outreach to festival stakeholders to encourage and broaden accessibility for our patrons across the event.
  • Regularly review our code of conduct and other policies that define the bounds of acceptable behavior in our community. 

Staffing:

  • Develop job description language and hiring practices to remove barriers that discourage application submissions from a diverse applicant pool in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability status, religion, class, and indigenous heritage.
  • Regularly review employee practices through an employee handbook
  • Establish frameworks for constructive discourse about identity, equity, diversity, inclusion, and access.

Board and Governance:

  • Develop protocols that consider race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability status, religion, class, and indigenous heritage to inform board member recruitment.

Who will be represented on our committee:

  • Two Hatchery Arts (Hollywood Fringe) staffers that will act as non-partisan liaisons between this committee and the Hatchery Arts organization.
  • One board member that will act as a non-partisan liaison between this committee and the Hatchery Arts Board.
  • Eight current or past Hollywood Fringe participants that contribute to the race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability status, religion, class, and indigenous heritage diversity  of the Fringe community.

Meeting dates of the ACCESS committee in 2020 (must be available for 3/4, all meetings will take place via zoom until further notice):

  • May 19, 2020, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • July 21, 2020,  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Sept 15, 2020, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • November 17, 2020, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

To apply to be on our committee, please fill out this form. Applications close May 13, 2020 at 10:00 pm PST.