Fringe Friday: The HFF18 Twitter Chat Schedule + Interns + Upcoming Events

Twitter Chats are back for HFF18! Fringers can get advice, ask questions, share experiences and mingle online with fellow Fringers and Fringe staff before the festival begins. This is a wonderful way of recruiting audiences and making #fringeships long before June. Not producing a show but interested in learning about the festival? You are welcome to participate!
This year we'll be hosting the Twitter Chats at the following times:
February 27th (Tues) - 7-8pm
March 14th (Wed) - 2-3pm
March 27th (Tues) - 7-8pm
April 11th (Wed) - 2-3pm
April 24th (Tues) - 7-8pm
May 16th (Wed) - 2-3pm
May 29th (Tues)- 7-8pm
All you have to do to join the discussion is use the hashtag #hff18. The chat will be moderated by the @HollywoodFringe account. Can't make the time but still want to participate? All you have to do is schedule a tweet or two using one of the many available Twitter clients.
For details and a list of Twitter Chat Tips visit the Fringe blog.


Hollywood Fringe is currently seeking interns for the 2018 festival! The following positions are available: Fringe Central Set Design Intern, Events Intern, Volunteer Coordinator Intern and Cabaret Intern.
To apply, please review the position details here and submit a cover letter and resume to internships@hollywoodfringe.org. Please specify which position(s) you are applying for in your cover letter. The deadline to apply is April 1st.
To learn more about internships and volunteering, click here.


Registration is now open! The deadline to be included in the printed version of this year's guide is April 1st. Guide ads are currently available at hollywoodfringe.org/market.
Workshop II: Money & Promotion is coming up on Sunday, March 11th from 2-4pm at the Complex, so make sure to reserve your seat! You can now see recordings of Workshop I: Working with Venues and Town Hall I: The Registration Process if you weren't able to attend. Check out the full schedule of this year's Town Hall & Workshop series here.


Make sure to tour some venues to make sure you get the best fit for HFF18!
Thymele Arts is currently hosting an open house today, February 21st, until 3pm.
Epiphany Space will host an open house on Friday, February 23rd from 4:30-7pm. For more information please see this Facebook event.
The Hobgoblin Playhouse will host an open house on Saturday, March 31st from 5-7pm.
Actors Company hosts tours Monday-Friday from 11am - 5pm by appointment. Email info@theactorscompanyla.com with desired time to schedule appointment.
Asylum theaters (2nd Stage, McCadden Theatre, Stephanie Feury Theatre, and Studio C) host tours Monday - Friday from 11am-5pm. Email mquinn@theaterasylum.com to schedule and check availability.
The Broadwater hosts tours by appointment on Monday from 6-11pm, Tuesday through Friday from 11am-11pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-11pm. Please contact rentals@thebroadwaterla.com to schedule a tour.
The Complex Hollywood is hosting tours Tuesdays from 3-6pm and Thursdays from 1-3pm through the end of March.
The Lounge Theatre gives tours by appointment. Email Fringe@theatreplanners.com to schedule a tour.
Hudson Theatres hosts tours daily by appointment. Email zeke@hudsontheatre.com to schedule and check availability.
You are encouraged to notify the venue if you plan to attend their open house. Please visit the venue's page at hollywoodfringe.org/venues for more information and contact details. You can also check out a number of other venues offering space at this year's festival.


Questions? Send them to support@hollywoodfringe.org.


Fringe Friday - Registration Open, The HFF18 Fringe Scholarship Winners, and Fringe TV

After intense deliberation by the Fringe selection committee, they are proud to announce the 2018 Fringe Scholarship winners. Each production reflects Hollywood Fringe's commitment to expand and diversify the pool of artists producing work at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
The Winners of the 2018 Fringe Scholarships are:
Baba, Jee (Father, Yes)
Unapologetically Black
Trafficked 2.0
Paisajes Marinos Con Tiburones y bailarines
Love, Locs & Liberation
I Came To Make Noise
Liao Zhai: Tale of Extraordinary
A Mile in My Shoes
Gay Men Like Young Boys
The Goddesses Guide: Adura for the Women of African Diaspora
Land of No Shadows
Fringe Scholarships provide each recipient with complimentary festival registration, a $550 stipend toward venue and production costs, a Fringe mentor, and marketing and networking opportunities as a member of the Fringe community.


Registration for LA's largest performing arts festival is now open.
Now is the time to seize the day, to realize your dreams and propel your vision onto the stage. The good news is that you aren't alone. By your side is a legion of veteran and aspiring fringers, each sharing your grit, hope and ambition. It's the Fringe community that makes all this possible and that community is behind you!
Check out this video for a registration tutorial.
Complete the three steps of registration by April 1st to be included in this year's printed guide (if you don't register by that time you can still take part in the festival and have your project listed at hollywoodfringe.org). Guide ad sales close on April 15th and tickets go on sale on May 1st.
If you have questions about anything Fringe, check out the Hollywood Fringe support portal filled with advice, information and reference. Or send your questions to support@hollywoodfringe.org.


The Hollywood Fringe Festival is looking for ideas for this year's FringeTV theme.
Last year's FringeTV theme was SPACE, which you can see in the HFF17 Staff Intro as well as many other videos on the HFF17 FringeTV Playlist.
Visit the Hollywood Fringe Festival on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to submit your ideas by using the hashtags #FringeTVTheme and #HFF18. If we pick your theme, you could be featured on FringeTV!


Finally, February 1st marks the official opening of the Hollywood Fringe registration period. Start your season ahead of the game by creating a project today.


Last Night's Hollywood Fringe Town Hall Live Tweet

Better Lemons was at last night's first Hollywood Fringe town hall meeting. Here are the tweets for your future reference.


We will life tweet again from the next Town Hall, so be sure to follow the Fringe hashtag #HFF18 and the #LAThtr hashtag.


Fringe Friday: Pick the Hollywood FringeTV Theme + Hollywood Fringe Open Houses This Week + More!

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is looking for ideas for this year's FringeTV theme and as always, we rely on the creativity and enthusiasm of the Fringe community!
Last year's FringeTV theme was SPACE, which you can see in the HFF17 Staff Intro as well as many other videos on the HFF17 FringeTV Playlist.
Visit them on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to submit your ideas by using the hashtags #FringeTVTheme and #HFF18. If they pick your theme, you could be featured on FringeTV!


 
The first Hollywood Fringe Town Hall is rapidly approaching! This Town Hall, led by Festival Director Ben Hill, is all about Registration and takes place on Monday, January 29th from 7-9pm at The Actors Company.
As always, if you can't attend one of these events, they will be posting recordings of the proceedings on the Fringe YouTube Channel.


Here is the number of venues that are hosting open houses this week:
Lounge Theatre: Saturday, January 20; 2:30 - 5:30pm
The Complex Hollywood: Tuesday, January 23; 3 - 6pm
The Complex Hollywood: Thursday, January 25; 1 - 3pm
You are encouraged you to notify the venue, if you plan to attend their open house. Please visit the Fringe venue's page at hollywoodfringe.org/venues for more information and contact details.
Finally, February 1st marks the official opening of the Hollywood Fringe Festival registration period. Start your season ahead of the game by creating a project today.


Fringe Friday: Venue Workshop Next Week + Become a Fringe Mentor + Open Houses

Mentor applications for the Fringe Scholarship Program are due by 11:59pm on January 15th.  Mentoring a Hollywood Fringe Scholarship recipient is a tremendous way to support artists, plus all mentors will receive free quarter-page ads in this year's Guide to promote their own projects. To be a mentor, you need to have participated in at least one Hollywood Fringe Festival and commit to meetings and events with your mentee.  For more information on the requirements and to apply, visit the Fringe mentor page.


The first Fringe workshop of the season, Working with Venues, is coming up next Thursday, January 18th from 8-10pm at Thymele Arts. The event is free and there will be a mixer in the space following the event with beer and wine available for a $3 donation.
Parking in the area can be tricky, so please plan ahead. There is a sub level parking garage right around the corner at 1110 N. Western ($1.50 for the first two hours or $8.00 for the day; most days garage parking is free after 6:30 pm). The venue is just down the block from the Metro's red line (Hollywood/Western or Vermont/Santa Monica) and a number of buses stop right outside the front door (757, 147, 207, 704, 4).
You can see a full list of the Town Halls & Workshops the Fringe folks be hosting this year on the Fringe blog (the first Town Hall is also coming up!).


Additionally, a number of venues will be hosting open houses next week:
The Complex Hollywood: Tuesday, January 16; 3 - 6 PM
Asylum @ McCadden Theatre: Thursday, January 18; 6 - 7 PM
Asylum @ Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre: Thursday, January 18; 6 - 7:30 PM
Asylum @ Studio C: Thursday, January 18; 6 - 7:30 PM
The Complex Hollywood: Thursday, January 18; 1 - 3 PM  and 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Thymele Arts: Thursday, January 18; 6 - 8 PM
You are encouraged you to notify the venue, if you plan to attend their open house. Please visit the Fringe venue's page at hollywoodfringe.org/venues for more information and contact details.


Finally, February 1st marks the official opening of the Fringe registration period. Start your season ahead of the game by creating a project today.


Is the Hollywood Fringe really ‘fringe'?.... by a Disheartened Fringe Participant

I wrote, directed, and performed in a show in the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival, and I came away rather disheartened.
At first, I thought that this was completely my fault. I went straight to the drawing board to assess where I went wrong; marketing? Price? Budgeting? What was it that led me to have a rather unsuccesful brief run?
I'm not an egomaniac, but I am very confident in my abilities as an artist, and I strongly believe my product was of a high standard. I had industry professionals, some with decades of theater and acting experience under their belt, come and assess (brutally, honestly) my show. Yet all the feedback, and everyone who came to the show, was very positive…
In fact, people were really impressed. It was, according to many, the bravest and best original piece of theatre they had seen in a long time, and one of the best on offer at the festival (this also coming from other festival artitsts and theatre staff).
So, if the product was at a good standard, what happened?
Ticket sales were low. Very low… I mean, one evening, I had 6 people in the audience (including my usher, mother, and roommate).  Probably the hardest thing I've had to do in my career.
I had a pretty small budget, but I ran ads on the Fringe website, put flyers in all the places we could put flyers, and put the word out on social media and through all available channels. I followed the ‘marketing advice' completely.  Maybe I could have done better with marketing, I guess, but I don't think I did terribly either.
What I noticed was that all the shows with lines out doors, and coincidentally, all the shows that won awards, were artists returning with the same company and building off success of previous years. The ‘popular kids' of the fringe had an advantage and I guess, rightly so.
It just doesn't sit well with me that as I watched the same people getting up to accept awards, I couldn't help but feel that this establishment who was trying to be so ‘un-Hollywood' , was in fact, very ‘Hollywood'.  It was a glorified popularity contest. The best show was probably not going to the best show, but in fact, just the most popular show.
Doesn't this contradict what the term ‘fringe' means??...
In my experience, going to a "fringe" theatre festival is about going to the most obscure, international, and weird pieces of theatre. The more unknown the piece, the better. That's fringe. Not the piece that has a big budget because of success from last year's show. Those people should be working to get their pieces in a proper theatre season at a proper theatre and ‘graduating' to be the ‘adults' of the theatre world.
I had moderate ‘success'. I had an extension, producers award, and an audience critic award from an established (independent) review site. But to be honest, there were half a dozen awards at the ceremony that I, and others, thought I deserved at least a nomination for.
But given that the majority of my audience members were friends, collegues, connections, and people in my life, I was never going to scoop any of these awards. Again, I'm not looking for validation, but it's very unsatisfying as an artist to be so handicapped when it comes to recognition by your peers.
I was disheartened by the fact that you could have the most heartfelt, original piece of storytelling at the festival, yet you haven't got a chance of winning any of the awards, because you simply won't get the crowds. You will quite literally drown in the swamp that is Hollywood Fringe.
Does the festival need judges to go to each show to make it fair? Maybe.
Could I have done things better on my end? Of course.
Does the festival need to have a big think about supporting emerging, new, international artists? Absolutely.
I didn't feel a big sense of ‘community'. It felt like high school. The ‘cool kids' of returning years snubbed the new kids. The festival didn't really value the concept of originality or creativity from new practitioners.
Long story short, I wouldn't the Hollywood Fringe again, nor would I recomment it to any other practitioner.
I thought I was alone, but the more I voiced my concerns, the more I learned that others felt the same, and that other festivals around the world were a lot more in line with the ‘fringe' concept than the Hollywood festival…
Don't get me wrong, it's a big task to hold that many practitioners and run such a diverse and complex organisation, but the word ‘fringe' should certainly be omitted from their title unless some serious changes are made.
Yours Sincerely
A Disheartened Artist


The Critics and Audience Choice Awards of Better Lemons

As of this email, the critics and the audiences have spoken, resulting in more then 50 Hollywood Fringe productions receiving a Sweet #LemonMeter rating and 3 Fringe productions have received #DoubleSweet ratings (both critics and audience members agreeing on a sweet production).
The #LemonMeter ratings are based on reviews and as of today we have received over 1400 reviews.
It takes three reviews from critics or three reviews from the audience to generate a #LemonMeter rating.
To see the reviews of your show, find your page on Better Lemons by typing in the search box your show title. If you know of any reviews from critics that are missing, please let us know. Send the links with the name of each critic to Contact@Better-Lemons.com.
The Better Lemons Awards, Critics' Choice and Audience Choice, will be issued on Wednesday the 28th, based on the reviews.
In addition to sending us any reviews from critics, you still have time to appeal to your audience and ask them to post a review on your page on Better Lemons. You can email them your Better Lemons show page link, and you can share this on your social media pages, or ask them directly via the Fringe site to copy and paste over their reviews.
Better Lemons supports the artists, by aggregating reviews, and awarding #LemonMeter ratings that range from sweet to sour. Better Lemons was at the Fringe every day and at every venue, talking to audience members and encouraging them to review shows. But with 100s of productions and thousands of audience members, we need your help in encouraging the audience to speak up.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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