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New Orleans Fringe is a grassroots community effort.

Hundreds of people have put their ideas, resources, creativity and hard work into the Fringe, including volunteers, organizers, venue technicians, sponsors, local businesses, arts organizations and of course the performers.

New Orleans Fringe is a grassroots community effort.

Hundreds of people have put their ideas, resources, creativity and hard work into the Fringe, including volunteers, organizers, venue technicians, sponsors, local businesses, arts organizations and of course the performers.

Here are just a few of the people who have worked behind the scenes:

  • Stacey Balkun, Free-For-All Coordinator
  • Henrik Cheng, Venue Coordinator
  • Anna Charlotte, Spoken Word Coordinator
  • Pamela Davis-Noland, Special Events Coordinator
  • Tim Dean, Free-For-All Design Coordinator
  • Deborah Evans, Family Fringe
  • Kristen Evans, Executive Director
  • Leah Farrelly, Technical Coordinator
  • Joe Furnari, BYOV Coordinator
  • Giese and Brett Mesmer, Box Office Coordinators
  • Benjamin Harlow, Advertising Coordinator
  • Ian Hoch, Media Coordinator
  • Joe Hollier, Family Fringe Coordinator
  • Heather Lane, Yard Art Tour Coordinator
  • Kellan Lyman, Social Media Coordinator
  • Eric Porter, Free-For-All Tent Logistics Coordinator
  • Selena Poznak, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Damon Rosenzweig, Development Coordinator
  • Molly Ruben-Long, Performance Coordinator
  • Erin Walters-Bugbee, Projections Coordinator
  • Andrea Watson, Procession Coordinator

Fringe Board of Directors

John Costa, wwii mUSEUM AND BNA - President, Treasurer
Ashlye Keaton, NOLA Entertainment Law
Damon Rosenzweig, Fringe
Jenny Breen, The Joint

And a few folks' stories....

Kristen Evans, Executive Director

Kristen has a passion for launching grassroots projects and convincing people to join the cause. As a recent Rice grad, she started her first business in Atlanta -- a graphic design and internet company -- and grew it within six years to a profitable company of 20 employees. She then joined the Peace Corps, where she helped indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon start businesses to save their forests. In 2005, she moved to the Bywater in New Orleans to dedicate herself to theater production. In 2007 she co-founded the Backyard Ballroom on St. Claude Ave and in 2008 co-founded the New Orleans Fringe. The New Orleans Fringe Festival has been everything she loves doing:  startups, theater and community development. .

Damon Rosenzweig, Development Coordinator

Damon was born and raised in New Orleans and spent most of his professional career in leadership of international humanitarian assistance programs delivered in conflict areas. Damon was among the professional leadership of Doctors Without Borders in 1999 when the staff and volunteers of that organization were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He has worked in Haiti, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Sudan, Burundi, Congo, the Balkans, Uzbekistan and Uganda among other remote locations. He has a Masters in Public Health from Tulane and has worked in public health and community development in New Orleans and around the US, where he has been involved in the planning, organization and development of non-profits -- the scrappier and more grassroots, the better. So he joined the Fringe, where he is dedicated to the Fringe's organizational development and building a community-oriented effort that nurtures risky and innovative artistic expression. Damon is also a sculptor; he organized the acclaimed multi-disciplinary large-scale sculpture installation On Piety, which was a Prospect.1 satellite venue and BYOV Fringe venue in 2008. He also participated in the development of the set elements for the ArtSpot/Mondo Bizarro original production Loup Garou in 2009 and Go Ye Therefore in 2010.

Our Sponsors

fringe sponsors

Fringe is supported by a SEED grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. This program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council.  This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans. The grant is administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans.

 

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