Lois Neville, Festival Director
Who am I:
I moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to study musical theatre at AMDA. After graduating, I started working industry events and education gigs like film premieres at The Arclight and presenting workshops at The Florida State Thespians Festival. My eyes were opened to a facet of the arts that I was unfamiliar with, but was starting to flirt: arts administration.
I joined the Hollywood Fringe team in 2010 and haven’t looked back. Through my time at Fringe, I’ve discovered my artistry is behind the curtain. My true passion is supporting other artists on their journey and creating a community where everyone feels they belong.
I’ve worn many hats at HFF over the last decade; Volunteer, Bartender, Food and Beverage Director, Partnership Director, International Ambassador, Operations Director. All of these hats make for a very full closet but have also given me hands-on experience in all of the different moving parts of the festival.
Beyond the festival zone, I hail from Seattle and I’m the proud godmama of two of the most amazing two-year-olds in the world (ask me for pictures!). I love to dance, re-watch The Office, and travel. I equally enjoy a blazer and a flannel, and I think that fact says it all.
Hollywood is my home. (Yes, I live in the Fringe Zone) I moved here shortly after graduating, and I have vivid memories of the first time I walked down Santa Monica Blvd. I was exploring my new neighborhood, and I found honest-to-gawd theatres at every turn. Right here. In Tinseltown. It was like a magical sign, and often I found myself walking Theatre Row just because it felt right.
I was first introduced to HFF in 2010 when my friend Bryan Burgess (of Bryan’s Bar, the infamous Fringe Central bar) asked if I’d put on a bright orange unitard and play a Fringe Freak in one of FringeTV’s first original productions, “A Family Affair”. I had no idea at the time that a ridiculous favor for a friend would make such a tremendous impact on my life for years to come.
All these years, hats and walks down Santa Monica Blvd later, and I have only fallen more in love with this festival and community. HFF is my longest relationship by far. With Fringe, I found a home and a community that inspires me. The Fringe Zone is my neighborhood, the people in the theatres are my friends, and the artists who share their stories and hearts on these stages are my community.
Thank you for being a part of Hollywood Fringe. Thank you for showing up and sharing your talent, your story, and your spirit with this festival. You, as an individual, are a vital contributor to the Hollywood Fringe. Our festival is merely a platform for the many voices that show up each year. I serve at the pleasure of every artist who chooses Fringe, and I am humbled by the opportunity to do so.
Ellen Boudreau Den Herder, Executive Director
Who am I:
I’m an arts programming specialist that’s been working in nonprofits around Los Angeles since 2014.
As HFF’s Programs Director, I’ve sought to create programming that connects HFF with the LA Theatre community at large. I helped create Fringe Scholarships, HFF’s initiative to help expand and diversify the pool of artists participating in the festival, as well as ran our workshop series and events. Other programs I’ve championed are the Access Committee, the Artist Fund, and our accessibility initiatives. You’ve probably seen me running around the Festival grounds, hopping between shows with an iced coffee in hand and a huge smile on my face. Fringe is my favorite time of year.
Outside of the Fringe, I’m a visual and performing artist, administrator and community programs professional. I’ve worked in programming and engagement with companies such as B.R.I.D.G.E Theatre Project, Grand Vision Foundation, and The Industry Opera LA. I’ve also participated in Cornerstone Theatre Company’s Summer Institute and the Arts for LA ACTIVATE program to further hone in my community-first practice of engagement and programming. As an artist, I’ve dabbled in improv comedy, songwriting and composing, immersive installation work and video art.
As a person, I’m obsessed with my cat, Toast and rewatching network comedies that I can quote by heart.
Before joining the Fringe staff in 2016, I was a classically trained musician and arts administrator, searching for community through the music world, and I just wasn’t finding it. From orchestra management to opera stage managing, I jumped job to job looking for a space to call home.
My first introduction to theatre was working at a call center in 2013 selling theatre subscriptions and I kept hearing about this thing called Fringe from my desk partner, Les Kurkendaal, who toured (and still tours) Fringes around the country (and also, I would get the pleasure of working with Les again in 2016 in the creation of the Fringe scholarship program).
Although I didn’t see my first Fringe show until 2015, the name stuck around and when I saw a position for Outreach Coordinator pop up, I made the decision to apply and see what happens. My life changed that year, as I found my home, my family, my community, and I’ve never looked back.
The Hollywood Fringe participant base is an incredibly special community– I’ve never seen any other group of people support each other with such vigor and enthusiasm. The kindness you all show each other (and me) inspires me to be a better person every day, and I wouldn’t want to work in any other environment.
Why Fringe? Because I can’t imagine my life without it.
To the Fringe Senior Staff from the new executive team
As a team, we couldn’t be more thrilled to set off on this new adventure with a senior staff that we have both had the pleasure of working with since the beginning. Bella Luna and Stina Pederson, this festival would not happen without your passion, hard work, and dedication to this festival and community. Your contribution is what makes this all possible.
For over ten years it has been my honor to witness the genesis and evolution of the Hollywood Fringe Festival; a community like none other that has sparked inspiration, inspired creation and created joy for thousands and thousands and thousands.
And so with a heart full of the fringeships and memories that have nurtured me these many years, I pass the torch to the next generation of leaders to continue this tradition into the many years that follow.
It’s a bittersweet thing to say goodbye to something you’ve loved (and feared) so very hard that your identity is hardly recognizable in its absence. All the same, this movement was created to outlast, outlive (and sometimes outfox) its founders. It was a gift to generations yet to breathe, yet to act, yet to be inspired by the brilliant light cascading down from its participants.
Sitting in a parking lot outside a theater in June 2010, I recall tearfully thanking that first class of Fringers, knowing that past this premiere year, things would never, ever be the same.
To my own joyful discovery, I felt the same every year after the curtains fell, for the Fringe will never be finished; its journey will never be complete. Every year brings forth the new and I am forever surprised by the happy surprises we encountered as each year passed.
There are simply too many to thank in this simple note, so I will simply thank you – the Fringer reading this right now. Thank you for your support, your confidence, your willingness to explore, to challenge, to believe in something greater than yourself. Thank you for being with us on this journey, it’s been all for you all along.
Let’s always celebrate the spirit of 2010 and endeavor to keep this warm community in our hearts; especially when we are miles apart.
I love you all. And I love the Fringe.
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
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.
Mark your calendars with the official dates of the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival! For our twelfth festival, previews will be held June 2nd-7th with the festival proper taking place June 9th-26th. We will hold our annual Opening Night Party on June 8th. Want to get started on your HFF22 journey? You can create a project today.
We learned a lot as we adapted to make HFF21 possible, and these adaptations will serve us as we move into the next season. The 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival format brings us back to our classic Fringe experience with some additional opportunities that create more accessibility and reach for our Hollywood Fringe community.
For the 2022 Festival and the foreseeable future, we are fully back in the Zone! All shows must present their work in the Hollywood Fringe Zone with tickets available to live audiences. All shows have the option to present their work as a livestream in addition to in person audience ticketing.
Planning on presenting from far away? Shows can choose to livestream into a venue in the Zone from another location but must work with that venue to screen it to a live audience.
We anticipate that COVID-19 health and safety regulations will still be in place to some degree, and will keep our participants and audiences alike updated with health and safety planning throughout the 2022 journey. The good news is that we know our previous health and safety plan worked as we experienced no on-site COVID cases during HFF21. Moving forward with this information, we feel confident we will be able to return to Fringe in June!
Registration opens February 1st and closes April 1st, 2022.
We worked hard to offer reduced registration fees last year. We are returning to our regular registration fees for HFF22 to ensure that we can bring back things like in-person events, a printed guide, and city-wide marketing.
The fees for the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival are as follows:
$300 for paid, multiple performances
$175 for a single performance
$175 for free shows
$50 for a workshop
$0 for a workshop for current participants