Mandi Moss

Mandi Moss

Mandi's been acting, producing, scenic painting, costume designing and directing in Los Angeles since the early 2000's with a particular interest in new works and creative storytelling. She’s a former member of Theatre of NOTE and a current member of Sacred Fools Theater Company. She’s also a proud professional clown and the Managing Editor of @ This Stage.

New to the Party: The 10 First-Time Ovation Award Nominated Companies of 2015

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The Ovation Awards, which have been around since 1989, and have been called the “highest-profile contest for local theatre” by the LA Times, are happening this Monday, November 9. You probably already knew that because, you know, who doesn’t? It’s just that cool of an event. (We don’t facilitate them or anything… or spend half a year planning them… or the entire year facilitating the program… nope, not us…) Ahem.

We wanted to shine a light on the companies who have joined the ranks of Ovation Nominees this year. Some of them are LA theatre veterans, some are entirely new faces to the community. Either way, they’re demonstrating an excellence worth celebrating.

So take a peek, grab your tickets (all the cool kids are doing it), and root for these newbies on November 9.

1. Four Larks

Four Larks creates junkyard operas in unexpected locations.

The Temptation of St Antony

Best Production of a Play (Intimate Theatre)
Acting Ensemble of a Play
Direction of a Play
Lighting Design (Intimate Theatre)
Scenic Design (Intimate Theatre)
Composition for a Play (Ovation Honors, winner)


2. Loft Ensemble

Loft Ensemble is a downtown Los Angeles theatre company based in the Arts District, whose productions revolve around “worlds of discovery, turmoil, unrest, longing, triumph, defeat – human experiences that demand exploration.”

She Kills Monsters

Fight Choreography (Ovation Honors, winner)
Puppet Design (Ovation Honors, winner)


3. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

Theatricum shows aim to “elevate, educate and entertain audiences of all ages by presenting thought-provoking classics, socially relevant plays, and education programs in a beautiful, natural outdoor sanctuary for the arts.”

August: Osage County

Best Production of a Play (Large Theatre)
Direction of a Play
Lead Actress in a Play
Featured Actress in a Play


4. Los Angeles Performance Practice

LAPP produces and supports groundbreaking theatrical experiences through innovative approaches to collaboration, technology, and social engagement.

The Day Shall Declare It

Best Production of a Play (Intimate Theatre)
Sound Design (Intimate Theatre)


5. The Vagrancy

The Vagrancy creates visceral work that seeks to touch the human spirit. “We embrace fear, vulnerability, and embarrassment – inviting the audience to experience a communion.”

What of the Night?

Acting Ensemble of a Play
Lighting Design (Intimate Theatre)
Sound Design (Intimate Theatre)


6. Sierra Madre Playhouse

SMP’s mission is to produce and present entertaining, high quality theatrical productions and classes in their historic, intimate theatre for audiences of all ages in the greater San Gabriel Valley.

Always… Patsy Cline

Lead Actress in a Musical

A Walk in the Woods

Lead Actor in a Play


7. Moth Theatre Company

Moth “searches for Truth. We approach art, story and performance with an open, uninhibited method.”


Best Production of a Play (Intimate Theatre)


8. Impro Theatre

Completely improvised, full-length plays in the styles of the world’s greatest playwrights, authors and composers.

The Western Unscripted

Featured Actor in a Play


9. Fresh Produce’d LA

A company whose mission is to grow emerging artists and support new plays and screenplays that push storytelling boundaries.

Hey Brother

Playwriting for an Original Play


10. Serrano New York, LLC

The company created to produce Serrano, The Musical.

Serrano, The Musical

Book for an Original Musical