Hollywood Fringe Festival

Hollywood Fringe Festival
Status Active
Genre Festival
Frequency Annual
Venue Multiple venues
Location(s) Hollywood Theatre Row and vicinity
Participants 233 companies (2012)[1]
Attendance 25,000 (2012)[1]
Leader Ben Hill (festival director)[2]

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual fringe theatre festival in Hollywood, California.[1][3] Most indoor venues for the festival are in and around Hollywood Theatre Row, a 1.4-mile (2.3 km) stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles.[4]

Founder Ben Hill started trying to organize a local fringe festival not long after he moved to Los Angeles from Iowa City in 2007.[4][5] He and other organizers launched the first Hollywood Fringe Festival in the summer of 2010.[1][6] That year, there were 130 shows in the festival.[7]

The shows are not curated (selected based on merit).[5] To perform, one must pay a registration fee[4] and be ready with a concept and the means to produce it.[7] The festival organizers market the event and provide some support, but the theatre companies must find their own venues and market their own shows.[7]

In the 2012 festival, theatre companies produced more than 230 shows and gave more than 1,000 performances.[1] Companies participating in the 2014 festival produced more than 300 shows.[7]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Hollywood Fringe Festival". United States Association of Fringe Festivals. Minnesota Fringe Festival. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  2. "Ben Hill". Hollywood Fringe Festival. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  3. Barklie, Corbett (June 7, 2013). "A New Institution: Hollywood Fringe Festival". KCET. KCETLink Media Group. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  4. 1 2 3 Riefe, Jordan (June 19, 2014). "Hollywood Fringe Festival to Present Nearly 300 Theater Shows". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  5. 1 2 McNulty, Charles (June 22, 2013). "Hollywood Fringe Festival, a theater party with room to grow". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  6. Adamek, Pauline (January 14, 2014). "Hollywood Fringe Festival". Time Out Los Angeles. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  7. 1 2 3 4 Barrera, Sandra (June 10, 2014). "Hollywood Fringe Festival will showcase nearly 300 shows, boast largest celebration of performing arts". Los Angeles Daily News. Digital First Media. Retrieved 2016-03-26.

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