24 Months|105 Weeks|17250 Hours is a blog by Julianne Brienza, CEO/Founder of Capital Fringe based in Washington, DC. Posting running through August 2020 will explore the varied aspects of defining the organizational evolution and structure of a annual Fringe festival to a year round organization through photos and narrative.    

Entrance into Larva (Caterpillar) Stage

Entrance into Larva (Caterpillar) Stage

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Here we are—entering the caterpillar stage.

Are we ready? Well, this stage is defined as emerging vulnerable, searching and spinning to build support and letting go of our outer skin.  So, we shall see.

In the last three to four weeks the project has not been lining up with the parameters that we had established. While there was some pivoting, the pace of struggling to get things done has been like walking through molasses. While we are now reexamining what had been previously establish and defining new parameters there don’t seem to be any clear-cut solutions to move things for. The collective team is in the process of developing scenarios and establishing targets that we need to reach in the next 30 and 60 days.

For me, balancing my time between running Fringe and focusing on managing a project whose demands and scope are often shifting is proving quite challenging. There is so much change just within managing the Fringe Festival alone, adding the additional uncertainty and unknowns of this project is proving to be a lot.

 The cost of the construction has increased since we last ran budget estimates. Apparently, this is due, in part, to Trump’s tariffs?! We are waiting on estimates for three different scenarios. One of them is to tear down the building completely. Another possible option is to tear down over half of it due to the car ramp that takes up such a large portion of the building. We are now looking at $7 million in hard costs for this phase of the project. This is more than I have raised for this part of the project. I had previously thought that hard costs would be come in at approximately $5 million and Fringe would need to raise an additional million or so. I felt comfortable with this challenge.

 Now I and members of the team need to line up some key up meetings, get real when we are analyzing the three scenarios and get this project ready to go. All this is doable, but it requires a full team effort and lots of expertise is needed.

 So, are we ready to enter the caterpillar stage. Vulnerability – check! Searching, spinning – check. Are we going to have to shed our outer skin – ah, yeah!

Ok, Player. Play!

Ok, Player. Play!

Wriggling: Restructure Shuffle

Wriggling: Restructure Shuffle