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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 work 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
  • Kristen Evans, Executive Director
  • Leah Farrelly, Technical Coordinator
  • Joe Furnari, BYOV Coordinator
  • Todd 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

Ed Bishop,  American Theatre Project - pRESIDENT
John Costa, wwii mUSEUM AND BNA - Vice President, Treasurer
Ashlye Keaton, NOLA Entertainment Law
Damon Rosenzweig, Fringe
Kathy connolly, Goodchildren
Jenny Breen, The Joint

And a few folks' stories....

Pamela Davis-Noland, Special Events Coordinator

Keen-Amity Publishing’s founder, Pamela Davis Noland, has 10+ years of experience as a published Novelist, Freelance Writer, Playwright and Poet. She is the Author of theNovel “Coffee-Colored Dreams,” and has written and produced four stage productions: Coffee-Colored Dreams: A Stage Play, The Unacquainted: A Gospel, Badu-Izms: ATribute Erykah and  N.O. Soul, two of which were featured at the  New Orleans Fringe Festival in 2009 and 2010. She has facilitated writing workshops to encourage other writers on their respective literary journeys and has counseled many on how to express their vision and project their distinct identities in their writing. In addition to being a Novelist, she has provided quality entertainment in theater and has proven that she is in position to make her mark in the world and leave a lasting impression.

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 with Dennis Monn and Ben Moren. The New Orleans Fringe Festival is everything she loves doing:  startups, theater and community development. She is involved in Festival business management, marketing, promotion, and dedicated to getting everyone – volunteers, performers, audience, community and press – crazy about the Festival.

Joseph Furnari, BYOV Coordinator

Joseph Furnari moved to New Orleans in August 2010 after living and working in NJ and NY for, well, his entire live. One of the reasons he came to NOLA was to become part of the vibrant theatre community. He is currently a teaching artist for KID smART in residence at Lagniappe Academies. He is co-founder of the Triad Arts Ensemble, a New Jersey based group of performing artists who work collaboratively develop innovative relevant theatre and is the treasurer for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). Over the years, Joe has produced, directed and acted in numerous productions in professional and educational theatre. Before coming to NOLA, Joe was a Theatre Arts Specialist for the NYC DOE. He is a 2008 Surdna Arts Teachers Fellow, holds an Ed.D. in Art and Art Education focusing on drama from Teachers College, Columbia University and an MA in theatre from Montclair State University. As part of his dissertation research, he worked with a group of his students to create an ethnotheatre piece, entitled What’s the Point, based on the their experiences and issues important in their lives. The play was presented at the AATE National Conference in 2006. As BYOV Coordinator, Joe is thrilled to have the opportunity to connect artists with invigorating vital theatre to venues that will reveal and accentuate their work.

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.

IAN HOCH, MEDIA COORDINATOR

Ian is an accomplished stage and screen actor; he is a member of the Cripple Creek Theatre Company, and has portrayed a diverse range of characters. Favorites include Bobby Jindal in Major Swelling’s Medicine Salve Salvation Show and Fick in the smash hit drama Balm in Gilead, a performance for which he received a Big Easy Award. He also performs improv weekly with the cast of the Megaphone Show at the New Movement. On camera, Ian has had a guest starring role on HBO’s Treme and smattering of roles in commercials and both independent and feature films. On the web, Ian is a contributor and account manager at NOLA Defender, and is the creator of the viral sensations "Where to Drink in New Orleans”, the “Hit and Run Jazzfest Map."

KATHY CONNOLLY, GOODCHILDREN

Kathy brings a rich history of volunteerism, including community and events organizing, public access television producing and cause-related campaigns and actions. Detroit, Grand Rapis, Seattle, and Treasure Island FL were all called home, before she finally landed for good in New Orleans in 1998. Since Katrina, Kathy has been a volunteer/event organizer for St. Claude Main Street, the Renaissance Project, and the Fringe Festival (on whose board she also serves). In 2007, she founded Goodchildren Social Aid & Pleasure Club with a mission to help revitalize St. Claude and its neighborhoods through celebration and cultural preservation. Beginning with the first Easter Parade in 2008, Goodchildren has served the community with parades, parties, community events and much love. The Marianites of Holy Cross at Holy Angels awarded Kathy a Bywater Award for that work, and she continues to work with community groups, artists, residents and families to fulfill the mission.

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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