Tag Archives: fringe festival

An Open Letter To LA Theatre Community

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Last week New Musicals Inc. filed a charge against Actors Equity Association through the National Labor Relations Board.  The charge centers upon unfair business practices, accusing AEA of placing New Musicals Inc. on a “Do Not Work” list without cause. Actors Equity Association is demanding that its members do not engage with NMI, threatening union members with penalties, sanctions and possible expulsion from the union.  ...

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Beyond The Hollywood Fringe

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Is there life after the Hollywood Fringe Festival? Yes! Of course! Last season Hollywood Fringe founder Ben Hill spoke to the excitement and changes with each HFF season, including some of the How To’s for international shows participating in the local scene . But a next step for productions who want to go further than a 2-week run once the #fringeproms, Twitter chats and regular ...

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No 2017 NYC Fringe Festival

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How to keep a 20 year old Fringe Festival fresh?  If the Fringe Festival is in New York City, apparently you skip a year.   According to the Festival’s website, the hiatus will allow organizers to restart with a (insert mixed art metaphor here) blank canvas.   No further explanation is given.  From their website: While the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) celebrates our first twenty ...

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2017 Hollywood Fringe Scholarship Winners

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The Hollywood Fringe Festival has announced the winners of the 2017 Fringe Scholarships. The 10 winners were chosen from an applicant pool of 150.  The applications were evaluated based on how much impact the production would have on the overall attraction of audience and the production’s potential to increase the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of artists and audience. The winners of the 2017 Fringe Scholarships ...

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Most-Read Footlights Stories of 2016

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Although 2016 theater news in Los Angeles was dominated by the battle over the elimination or preservation of the 99-Seat Plan, there were other stories that captured Footlights  readers’ attention as well.  Here are the 10 most-read pieces of 2016, along with their opening paragraphs.  There’s a mix of both aggregated coverage and original insights.  The list gives some indication of what theater-goers found most ...

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Theater Asylum Returns to Hollywood Row

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Venue management and live performance production company Theater Asylum/Combined Artform is returning to Hollywood Row and has just announced a new partnership with Studio C Artists the production, casting, and arts education company founded by director John Coppola and producer Michael Sonntag.  Asylum’s  Mattew Quinn will be working with Operations Manager, Bertha Rodriguez who started Combined Artform with Quinn in 1998. The team will be ...

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Outdoor Voices Festival Opens September 16, 2016

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That’s What She Didn’t Say, a Los Angeles non-profit, will present its first Outdoor Voices Festival, a two-weekend theater festival from September 16–18 and 23–25, featuring productions that tackle issues typically deemed challenging, taboo, or “off-limits.” Festival founder, Bonnie Joy Sludikoff, stated “We’re excited to be furthering our mission of creating healthy conversations about taboo topics with this year’s inaugural Outdoor Voices Festival.  We hope this ...

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Final 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival Numbers

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The Hollywood Fringe Festival has released final numbers on its 2016 event: The Festival sold over 56,000 individual tickets. Ticket sales have increased more than 300% since the inaugural festival (2010). The festival sold an estimated $447,000 in tickets this year. Approximately 60% of all tickets were “Fringe-sold” (sold directly through the Fringe’s website and box office) and the remaining 40% of transactions were “venue-sold” ...

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2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival Award Nominees and Winners

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Below is the full list of the Hollywood Fringe Festival Award Nominees and Winners for 2016. Congratulations to all who were nominated. Winners are in bold red. Community Award (“The Freaks”) Nominees (Top of the Fringe) “A(partment 8) ” “Angel’s Flight” “My Big Fat Blonde Musical” “Punch and Judy” “THUG TUNNEL” “Tilt” Fringe First (World Premiere) “Apartment 8” “Lamprey: Weekend of Vengeance” “My Big Fat ...

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Ben Hill’s Hollywood Fringe – Part II

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Last month, Hollywood Fringe Festival founder and director, Ben Hill, spoke with FootLights  about the 2016 Summer lineup and the general direction of the festival going forward. Fringe has uniquely positioned itself as a front-runner in the U.S. festival scene, successfully promoting local Los Angeles talent as well as attracting shows from other cities across the country including New York. So it occurred to me ...

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