Sponsored by Hollywood Fringe Access Advisory Board


The Ella Turenne Award, presented by the independent Hollywood Fringe Access Advisory Board, honors treasured Hollywood Fringe community member, Ella Turenne, and her belief that Fringe is for everyone. With this dedication, we hope to uplift and encourage Black and BIPOC creators to share their experiences through theater at the Fringe.

The Hollywood Fringe Access Committee is made up of past participants, staff and board members who take a look at current equity standards to help set goals for the Hollywood Fringe organization & community. This award was chosen by the participants of this committee, and outside voices from the Fringe artist base, not Hollywood Fringe staff and board members.

In 2020, Ella became a founding member of the Hollywood Fringe Access Advisory Board. Ella dedicated countless hours working alongside HFF while advocating for marginalized artists’ exposure. Ella’s impact on the Hollywood Fringe can be seen throughout the festival. Her legacy continues to touch our community as well as those she inspired.

Just like Ella herself, the Ella Turenne Award highlights artists who demonstrate leadership and inclusion at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. These contributions add to the experience and culture of Black and BIPOC individuals and communities.


To qualify, the production must:
- Speak to the experience of Black and BIPOC individuals and communities.
- Have a predominantly Black and BIPOC production team
- Have a predominantly Black and BIPOC cast and crew
- The primary producer preferably identifies as Black, African American, Afro Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, mixed heritage (including Black), African, or other identities of African descent

Please fill out this google form for consideration: https://forms.gle/yZuaSPhw8J7W5dpb8


Selected candidate shows will be reviewed by members of the Hollywood Fringe Access Advisory Board. One show will be selected to receive the Ella Turenne Award. Our committee will be looking for shows that:
- Uplift marginalized voices
- Speak on and enhance the culture and presence of BIPOC communities and artists
- Demonstrates inclusive theatrical leadership through their production


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