Asylum's How to Produce a Hollywood Fringe Production

Events & Workshops · theater asylum · Ages 16+ · 180 mins · United States of America

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*Do you want to produce a show at the Hollywood Fringe Festival but have some concerns and questions?

*Are you unsure if this is the right time and place to do your show?

*Do you have general questions on putting on an intimate show in L.A?

Get the answers to these questions and an overview of the Hollywood Fringe in the 3+ hour workshop, “How to Produce a Hollywood Fringe Production,” taught by 25-year veteran producer / 12-year Hollywood Fringe veteran producer Matthew Quinn of Combined Artform, a host of Pick of the Fringe and venue manager of Asylum theaters.

Matt has been teaching hundreds of Fringers over the years on how to navigate the challenges of producing live theatre in Los Angeles. In this three hour plus course, he will walk you step-by-step in the process of producing a fringe show. He will inform you on what to expect, show you how to create a realistic budget, provide you with marketing strategies, tell you about the fringe community, the type of awards for your show, how to approach streaming a show and much more. He will get you on the path to having your best show at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

In addition, you will leave with helpful spreadsheets to create a budget, pr guide and a “To-Do” timeline. While this workshop centers on producing for the Hollywood Fringe, producers will find it helpful for independent productions as well. Take the first step to connect with the theater community in Hollywood.

Cost: $100- (Includes 2023 booster workshop)

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The online class is 3+ hours long.

Contact us if interested in in-person workshops or other times.

Please email me with any questions you may have – [email protected]


Matthew Quinn (Artistic Producer – Combined Artform / Executive Producer – Theater Asylum) ​has been involved in theater production and venue management for over 24 years in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He created COMBINED ARTFORM, as a production company in 1998 with Producer and business partner, Bertha Rodriguez and has produced, co-produced, presented, booked, and promoted hundreds of shows. He has been an active player as an advisor, venue manager with the Hollywood Fringe Festival since its onset in 2010, He has been involved with thirteen shows in the Hollywood Fringe including Top of the Fringe and Best Comedy “WOMEN” (w/Beth Dies) and “Pick of the Fringe” (w/Fringe Management). Also, in 2010, Matthew started the ENCORE Awards, for “best of” Hollywood Fringe and in 2016 BEYOND ENCORES. From the ENCORES, he has co-produced extensions of Pulp Shakespeare, Pokemusical and Sunny Afternoon. In 2016, he and Bertha Rodriguez partnered with Studio C Artists to explore stage to film/TV models. Starting in 2018 Matthew Quinn has become a West Coast scout and booking agent for the NYC ENCORES and Soho Playhouse. In 2019 he produced “Latina Christmas Special” at the SoHo Playhouse and expanded into the UK and Japan. In 2021, he worked on several streaming productions, touring digital fringes and created the YouTube show “What’s Next?”. Along with presenting and producing at the Hollywood Fringe, Matthew is working on talent management with wife and partner Bertha Rodriguez.


“Matthew Quinn is very approachable, knows everything about HFF, and shared all of his expertise in a very easy-to-understand manner. Plus he even provided us with a bunch of info and resources we could consult after the workshop. I could not have asked for a better workshop!
This workshop is the perfect introduction for a first-time fringer! After attending Matthew Quinn’s workshop, I felt completely prepared to produce my HFF show, even though I knew nothing about the festival or the process beforehand. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!”
—Matthew Hennigar – “Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road”

“Frank, honest, forthcoming, and realistic about what it takes in terms of dedication, time, effort, and professionalism needed to do a fringe show. Matthew clearly broke down the process from start to finish, what to expect, and what you need to do to set yourself up for success. Incredibly helpful guide how to realize your vision at the fringe fest. A must-go for any first time fringer or anyone needed to buff up on the ins and outs of the festival.”
Scott Langer- “Thank You For Loving Me.”

“Matthew kept things loose and conversational, making the workshop feel more like a discussion than a lecture. And with his extensive Fringe and theater background, he gave us plenty of tips and insights that can only come through experience. The budgeting and scheduling worksheets he sends out after the class were also immensely helpful. A thorough workshop on everything you need to know about producing a Fringe show. Matthew Quinn runs through booking a space, publicity tips, estimated production costs, general logistics, and more, giving you all the tools you need to start without overwhelming you in information. As a newcomer to independent theater, this class was exactly what I needed to start my Fringe journey.”
Eric Depriester- “Treason”

“Matthew is extremely generous with his knowledge and time, and is a great ambassador for the fringe community and experience. The orientation provided a very helpful overview of everything a fringe producer needs to know and be aware of. Beyond the workshop itself, Matthew also sends out emails with links to helpful content and heads up about important events to attend. It made starting Fringe a much easier and pleasant experience. Matthew Quinn’s workshop/orientation on producing a show for fringe was informative and comprehensive. It is a great way for a first-time producer to get their head on straight about the journey ahead of them.”
—Matthew Latkiewicz – “Life Plan, or Living Your Best Life in a Collapsing World”

“You even get a budget template and a calendar of Fringe events!
I’m a first time fringe producer and I highly recommend this workshop! When I went in, I knew nothing about HFF, and now I feel like I know everything! Also, Matthew Quinn (the instructor) goes to most of the events, so you’ll automatically know at least one person there!”
—Holiday Kinard – “Lincoln 2020”

“I liked the in depth info he had on seemingly everything. Not to mention still time to take questions throughout the workshop. The spread sheets were a super nice touch.
WoW. My brain is still on fire from the amount of info I was given in 3 hours! Any person looking to produce a Fringe show for the first or even second time should defiantly take this workshop. You will receive helpful hints, tips, and tricks as well as amazing spread sheets that help you budget and figure out a timeline for you and your production. Stop thinking you know everything and go!”
—Jake Ferree – “Sex with Strangers”

“As a first time Fringe producer, I would have been completely adrift without Matt’s workshop. The timing
was great, coming before the official HFF talks. This gave me a tiny head start that I absolutely needed.
The information was broad, not too specific—exactly what I needed. Also, Matt is extremely nice and was happy to stay in touch with me afterwards, and still stayed in touch even though I didn’t use his theater for my show. If you haven’t done Fringe before, I’d say this is REQUIRED ATTENDANCE. If you have done Fringe but want to do better, it should still be REQUIRED.
Aaron Vanek- “Fallen Stars at the Charity Sale”

“The workshops really helped me brace for what I was in for, which turned out to be REALLY ambitious, and yet, still doable. I certainly look forward to more informative workshop opportunities!”
—Thea Rivera – “Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musical”

“Coming to fringe knowing little about theater production, this workshop was a great, early overview that covered all the important, need to know essentials of getting a play on it’s feet. It is conscience, comprehensive and highly informative. It helped me get a jump start on what needed to be done. Highly recommended!”
—Peter Foldy – “Penetration”

Important For all in-person performances, you will be required to wear a mask indoors in compliance with the current LA County mandate. In addition to wearing a mask, you will need to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test (within 72 hours) along with a photo ID..

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