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Atlanta Fringe Festival

Overview


The Mission

The Atlanta Fringe Festival is dedicated to connecting adventurous artists with appreciative audiences for the betterment of the Atlanta arts community.

Operation

The Atlanta Fringe is produced by Twinhead Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is operated by a core volunteer committee of 10 dedicated people, with assistance from many event volunteers, as well as paid festival technicians and front-of-house staff.

The Gist

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The Atlanta Fringe has been a labor of love for a small group of enthusiastic arts and Atlanta lovers. Since summer of 2010, we’ve been envisioning, constructing, and selling the Fringe from the ground up, using very little monetary resources and Facebook to get the word out. This grassroots approach has lent the festival its own unique energy and it has taken on a life of its own since we began building it. We hope for even more of that energy and growth in years to come!

Diana Brown

Executive Director

Diana Brown received her B.A. in Theatre from Georgia State University. In 2003, she helped found Twinhead Theatre, and has contributed as a writer, performer, and producer for over 30 productions. Since 2007, she has acted as the company’s Managing Director. She headed up the planning and organization of the Atlanta Fringe Festival, coordinating six venues across the city and managing ten volunteer staff members.
In 2012, she was invited to sit on the performing arts selection panel for Art on the Atlanta Beltline. To pay the bills, she waits tables, a time-honored tradition for theatre practitioners.

Brittany Harper

Director of Operations

Brittany oversaw marketing and ticketing for the 2012 festival. In 2007 she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Theater from the Mississippi University for Women, and has worked or interned with the L.A. Independent Film Festival, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and Centerstage in Baltimore, MD. Impressed with the sheer volume of arts activity in the city, she moved to Atlanta in 2010 to further her career in nonprofit arts administration and is now the Marketing Manager for the Center for Puppetry Arts. As the Fringe’s Director of Operations, Brittany is honored to share her skills and passion with Atlanta’s intrepid artists and arts lovers.

Molly Kristyn

Development Director

Molly is a fearless leader and passionate fundraiser.  She loves you, and she wants you to know how much your philanthropy has impacted the Atlanta Fringe. How much, you ask? Well, let’s just say we started from the bottom now we here! Atlanta Fringe started with $0 and in four years has become a $47,000 operation, half of which comes from contributions made by individuals, corporate sponsors and SUPER generous in-kind donors. Molly has also worked with Twinhead Theatre since 2005 contributing as a writer, performer, and producer for over 35 plays and events, one feature-length movie, and a web series. And last but certainly not least, Molly is a proud philanthropic advisor and member of the Goizueta Business School community at Emory University.

Cherry Del Rosario

Design Director

Cherry made her theatrical debut at the tender age of eight, holding a boat in Lloyd Elementary’s The Giving Tree. This critically acclaimed “powerhouse” performance inevitably led her to join Twinhead Theatre in 2005, where she contributes as a writer, director, actor, singer/songwriter and set designer. In addition to being the corporate branding mistress of the Atlanta Fringe, she is currently pursuing a B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design at Georgia State University; working as owner and operator of Cherry Del Rosario Designs; and exhibiting in the Atlanta area. She is honored to be one of the pioneers of the Atlanta Fringe Festival.

Jessica Bodiford

Radio Director

Jessica Bodiford has written and produced in the United States and Africa. In
addition to assisting with development for the Atlanta Fringe, Jessica produced her debut radio play about living in Togo called Peace Corps Noire Amèricaine. Jessica has a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Florida. She also earned an MBA from Kennesaw State University. She writes tons of plays for her church, and is known for asking, “Why can’t church plays have cuss words?” In addition, Jessica is a judge for the Suzi Bass Awards—Atlanta’s “Tony Awards,” and a Corporate Volunteerism Manager at Hands On Atlanta.

Chris Alonzo

Marketing Manager

Chris is a playwright/musician/producer and a regular performer in Atlanta live lit showcases like Write Club Atlanta, Scene Missing and Naked City. He graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Theatre, a three-time recipient of the university’s James Michener award for writing. In New York City he was a playwriting fellow with the New York Theatre Workshop, worked as a marketing assistant for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, served as Managing Director of Manhattan Children’s Theatre and independently produced and marketed theatre and music for himself and a bunch of other weirdos. He currently lives in Alabama with a toddler who looks just like him.

Nadia Morgan

Production Manager

Nadia needs a traveling trunk for her many hats. She is a set designer, scenic artist, technical director, electrician, stage manager, production manager and those are just her theatre hats. She received her B.A in Theatre from Georgia State University and went west for her M.F.A in Scenic Design with a specialty in Scenic Painting from CalArts in 2007. Nadia returned home to Atlanta in 2009, and since then, she has worked with Dad’s Garage, Pinch n’ Ouch Theatre, The Lucky Penny, Theatrical Outfit, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Horizon Theatre, True Colors, OnStage Atlanta, Process Theatre as well as Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University. Nadia is also a founding member of Theatre Salvage, a non-profit community scenic shop and set materials reuse service for Atlanta’s theatre community.

Evelyn Danielle Butler

Yatta Allakamenin

Bobby Andrews

Sarah Lamb

Brooklyn Cole

Fringe Festival History


Back in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the biggest theater arts festival had a little brother named Fringe. The Fringe Festival allowed indie, underground, original theater companies and artists—amateurs and professionals alike—to showcase their work. Historically, Fringe festivals are all about being performance arts-centric, original, rapid-fire, uncensored, and easy to participate in. Most festivals try to get a good mix of local, national, and international talent, and AFF is no different.

Today, Fringe festivals are all over the world (Prague, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Ireland, Budapest) as well as many major cities in the United States (New York, Minneapolis, Hollywood, New Orleans, Chicago), and they are a tremendous hub for new, original, and exciting performance work.


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