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The 30th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards Nominees Announced

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We’re thrilled to announce our 30th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards nominees.

For the unacquainted, the Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles, created to recognize excellence in theatrical performance, production, and design in the Greater Los Angeles area.

This year’s ceremony will be held at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Monday, January 13th, 2020. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, December 3rd, and full information can be found on OvationAwards.com.

During the 2018-19 season, there were 278 total productions registered for the Ovation Awards from 124 different producing bodies, resulting in 199 total nominations for 64 distinct productions presented by 43 organizations. These productions were voted on by 272 Ovation Awards voters — vetted individuals from the Greater Los Angeles area who are working theatre professionals.

And with that, scroll down to read the full list, or click on one of the categories below to jump straight to an individual category. We’ll see you on January 13th!

BEST SEASON

BOSTON COURT PASADENA
Everything That Never Happened
Ladies
The Judas Kiss

CENTER THEATRE GROUP
Dana H.
Lackawanna Blues
Linda Vista
Quack
Sweat
Valley of the Heart

FOUNTAIN THEATRE
Cost of Living
Daniel’s Husband
Hype Man: a Break Beat Play

 BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY – Intimate Theatre

Accidental Death of an Anarchist
The Actors’ Gang Theater

August Wilson’s Two Trains Running
Sophina Brown

Cost of Living
Fountain Theatre

Daniel’s Husband
Fountain Theatre

Everything That Never Happened
Boston Court Pasadena

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
Angela Nicholas

The Wolves
The Echo Theater Company

 BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY – Large Theatre

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Geffen Playhouse

Dana H.
Center Theatre Group

Lackawanna Blues
Center Theatre Group

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL
Garry Marshall Theatre

Linda Vista
Center Theatre Group

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL – Intimate Theatre

Lizzie, The Musical
Chance Theater

The Last Five Years: A Multisensory Experience
After Hours Theatre Company

The Producers
Celebration Theatre

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL – Large Theatre

Ragtime
Pasadena Playhouse

Singin’ In The Rain
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Witness Uganda
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

BEST PRESENTED PRODUCTION

A Night with Janis Joplin
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Ain’t Too Proud
Center Theatre Group

An Inspector Calls
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

ACTING ENSEMBLE OF A PLAY

August Wilson’s Two Trains Running
Sophina Brown

Cost of Living
Fountain Theatre

Daniel’s Husband
Fountain Theatre

Linda Vista
Center Theatre Group

Radiant Vermin
Door Number 3 Theatre

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
Angela Nicholas

The Wolves
The Echo Theater Company

ACTING ENSEMBLE OF A MUSICAL

Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole
Geffen Playhouse

Lizzie, The Musical
Chance Theater

Ragtime
Pasadena Playhouse

Singin’ In The Rain
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Witness Uganda
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

CHOREOGRAPHY

Edgar Godineaux & JARED GRIMES
Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole

Geffen Playhouse

Abdur-Rahim Jackson
Witness Uganda

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

SPENCER LIFF
Singin’ In The Rain

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Jeffrey Scott Parsons
Dames at Sea

Sierra Madre Playhouse

John Pennington
A Picture of Dorian Gray

A Noise Within

Stephanie Shroyer
Argonautika

A Noise Within

John Todd
The World Goes ‘Round

Reprise 2.0

MUSIC DIRECTION

Darryl Archibald
Ragtime

Pasadena Playhouse

Matt Gould
Witness Uganda

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Keith Harrison
Singin’ In The Rain

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Jennifer Lin
The Last Five Years: A Multisensory Experience

After Hours Theatre Company

Gerald Sternbach
The World Goes ‘Round

Reprise 2.0

BOOK FOR AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL

Dennis Hackin
BRONCO BILLY – The Musical

Skylight Theatre Company

Doug Haverty
A Carol Christmas

The Group Rep

Florian Klein
Shooting Star – A Revealing New Musical

Shooting Star Productions

LYRICS/COMPOSITION FOR AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL

MICHELE BROURMAN, CHIP ROSENBLOOM & JOHN TORRES
Bronco Billy – The Musical

Skylight Theatre Company

Bruce Kimmel
A Carol Christmas

The Group Rep

ERIK RANSOM & Thomas Zaufke
Shooting Star – A Revealing New Musical

Shooting Star Productions

PLAYWRITING FOR AN ORIGINAL PLAY

Malcolm Barrett
Brain Problems

Ammunition Theatre Company

Jami Brandli
BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)

Moving Arts

Jonathan Caren
Canyon

IAMA Theatre Company

Eliza Clark
Quack

Center Theatre Group

Nate Rufus Edelman
Desert Rats

The Latino Theater Company

Lucas Hnath
Dana H.

Center Theatre Group

Anna Moench
MAN OF GOD

East West Players

DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Jocelyn Brown
Lizzie, The Musical

Chance Theater

Joseph Leo Bwarie
The Root Beer Bandits

Garry Marshall Theatre

David Lee
Ragtime

Pasadena Playhouse

SPENCER LIFF
Singin’ In The Rain

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Griffin Matthews
Witness Uganda

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

DIRECTION OF A PLAY

Michael Arden
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Geffen Playhouse

Alana Dietze
The Wolves

The Echo Theater Company

Will Thomas McFadden
Accidental Death of an Anarchist

The Actors’ Gang Theater

Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Lackawanna Blues

Center Theatre Group

Michele Shay
August Wilson’s Two Trains Running

Sophina Brown

John Vreeke
Cost of Living

Fountain Theatre

Les Waters
Dana H.

Center Theatre Group

LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Clifton Duncan
Ragtime

Pasadena Playhouse

Marc Ginsburg
Ragtime

Pasadena Playhouse

Dulé Hill
Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole

Geffen Playhouse

Michael Starr
Singin’ In The Rain

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Jamie Torcellini
Singin’ In The Rain

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Kimberly Immanuel
Singin’ In The Rain

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Sara King
Singin’ In The Rain

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

April Nixon
The Color Purple

Greenway Arts Alliance

Monika Peña
Lizzie, The Musical

Chance Theater

Shannon Warne
Ragtime

Pasadena Playhouse

LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY

Tim Cummings
Daniel’s Husband

Fountain Theatre

Jefferson Mays
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Geffen Playhouse

Rob Nagle
The Judas Kiss

Boston Court Pasadena

Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Lackawanna Blues

Center Theatre Group

Felix Solis
Cost of Living

Fountain Theatre

Bob Turton
Accidental Death of an Anarchist

The Actors’ Gang Theater

LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Cherise Boothe
American Saga – Gunshot Medley: Part 1

Rogue Machine

Deidrie Henry
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL

Garry Marshall Theatre

CASEY KRAMER
THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE

Angela Nicholas

Mildred Langford
American Saga – Gunshot Medley: Part 1

Rogue Machine

Ellen Lauren
Bacchae

The Getty Villa

Angela Nicholas
THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE

Angela Nicholas

Deidre O’Connell
Dana H.

Center Theatre Group

Katy Sullivan
Cost of Living

Fountain Theatre

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Rick Batalla
Julius Weezer

Troubadour Theater Company

Josh Grisetti
Beauty and the Beast

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Adam Lendermon
Singin’ In The Rain

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Dylan Saunders
Ragtime

Pasadena Playhouse

Michael A. Shepperd
The Producers

Celebration Theatre

Phillip Taratula
Beauty and the Beast

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Daniel J. Watts
Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole

Geffen Playhouse

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Ledisi
Witness Uganda

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Gisela Adisa
Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole

Geffen Playhouse

Bryce Charles
Ragtime

Pasadena Playhouse

Amber Iman
Witness Uganda

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Jennifer Knox
Dames at Sea

Sierra Madre Playhouse

Ruby Lewis
Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole

Geffen Playhouse

Zonya Love
Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole

Geffen Playhouse

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Tobias Forrest
Cost of Living

Fountain Theatre

Tim Hildebrand
THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE

Angela Nicholas

Wesley Mann
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

A Noise Within

Alex Morris
August Wilson’s Two Trains Running

Sophina Brown

Rob Nagle
The Little Foxes

Antaeus Theatre Company

Maury Sterling
The Joy Wheel

Ruskin Group Theatre Co

Adolphus Ward
August Wilson’s Two Trains Running

Sophina Brown

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Jenny O’Hara
Daniel’s Husband

Fountain Theatre

Nija Okoro
August Wilson’s Two Trains Running

Sophina Brown

Xochitl Romero
Cost of Living

Fountain Theatre

Jaquita Ta’le
Too Heavy for Your Pocket

Sacred Fools Theater Company

Jocelyn Towne
The Little Foxes

Antaeus Theatre Company

Cora Vander Broek
Linda Vista

Center Theatre Group

Denise Yolén
Scraps

The Matrix Theatre Company

COSTUME DESIGN – Intimate Theatre

Naila Aladdin-Sanders
Too Heavy for Your Pocket

Sacred Fools Theater Company

Allison Dillard
BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)

Moving Arts

Elena Flores
Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta

Rogue Artists Ensemble

Dianne Graebner
The Judas Kiss

Boston Court Pasadena

Terri A. Lewis
The Little Foxes

Antaeus Theatre Company

Rachael Lorenzetti
Lizzie, The Musical

Chance Theater

Mylette Nora
August Wilson’s Two Trains Running

Sophina Brown

COSTUME DESIGN – Large Theatre

Kate Bergh
Ragtime

Pasadena Playhouse

Jessica Champagne-Hansen
The Root Beer Bandits

Garry Marshall Theatre

Jenny Foldenauer
Argonautika

A Noise Within

Carlton Jones
Witness Uganda

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Dane Laffrey
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Geffen Playhouse

Shon LeBlanc
Singin’ In The Rain

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Karen Perry
Black Super Hero Magic Mama

Geffen Playhouse

FIGHT DIRECTION

Jen Albert
sucker punch

Coeurage Theatre Company

Aaron AokI & THOMAS iSAO MORINAKA
VIETGONE

East West Players

Ahmed Best
Scraps

The Matrix Theatre Company

Michael Calacino
Rope

Actors Co-op

Andy Lowe
MAN OF GOD

East West Players

Mike Mahaffey
Definition of Man

DConstruction Arts

Jesse James Thomas
Two Noble Kinsmen

The Porters of Hellsgate

LIGHTING DESIGN – Intimate Theatre

Chu-Hsuan Chang
Hype Man: a Break Beat Play

Fountain Theatre

Jennifer Edwards
Daniel’s Husband

Fountain Theatre

Brian Gale
August Wilson’s Two Trains Running

Sophina Brown

John Garofalo
Cost of Living

Fountain Theatre

Jared Sayeg
The Little Foxes

Antaeus Theatre Company

Andrew Schmedake
The Last Five Years: A Multisensory Experience

After Hours Theatre Company

Jaymi Smith
Everything That Never Happened

Boston Court Pasadena

LIGHTING DESIGN – Large Theatre

Elizabeth Harper
Mysterious Circumstances

Geffen Playhouse

Thomas Ontiveros
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL

Garry Marshall Theatre

Jared Sayeg
Ragtime

Pasadena Playhouse

Jared Sayeg
The World Goes ‘Round

Reprise 2.0

Jennifer Schriever
Lackawanna Blues

Center Theatre Group

Ben Stanton
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Geffen Playhouse

Paul Toben
Dana H.

Center Theatre Group

SCENIC DESIGN – Intimate Theatre

Francois-Pierre Couture
Everything That Never Happened

Boston Court Pasadena

Joel Daavid
A Streetcar Named Desire

Dance On Productions, LLC

Stephen Gifford
The Producers

Celebration Theatre

Matthew G. Hill
Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta

Rogue Artists Ensemble

John Iacovelli
August Wilson’s Two Trains Running

Sophina Brown

John Iacovelli
The Little Foxes

Antaeus Theatre Company

DeAnne Millais
Daniel’s Husband

Fountain Theatre

SCENIC DESIGN – Large Theatre

Brett J. Banakis
Mysterious Circumstances

Geffen Playhouse

Mike Billings
Heisenberg

Rubicon Theatre Company

Andrew Boyce
Dana H.

Center Theatre Group

Tom Buderwitz
Ragtime

Pasadena Playhouse

Dane Laffrey
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Geffen Playhouse

Dane Laffrey
Quack

Center Theatre Group

Todd Rosenthal
Linda Vista

Center Theatre Group

SOUND DESIGN – Intimate Theatre

Malik Allen
Hype Man: a Break Beat Play

Fountain Theatre

Jeff Gardner
American Saga – Gunshot Medley: Part 1

Rogue Machine

Jeff Gardner
August Wilson’s Two Trains Running

Sophina Brown

Jeff Gardner
Scraps

The Matrix Theatre Company

Adam Macias
Rope

Actors Co-op

Christopher Moscatiello
Radiant Vermin

Door Number 3 Theatre

Cricket Myers
The Last Five Years: A Multisensory Experience

After Hours Theatre Company

SOUND DESIGN – Large Theatre

Philip Allen
Lackawanna Blues

Center Theatre Group

Philip Allen
Ragtime

Pasadena Playhouse

Robert Arturo Ramirez
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL

Garry Marshall Theatre

Mikhail Fiksel
Dana H.

Center Theatre Group

Howard Ho
MAN OF GOD

East West Players

Robert Oriol
Argonautika

A Noise Within

Joshua D. Reid
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Geffen Playhouse

VIDEO/PROJECTION DESIGN – Intimate Theatre

Matthew G. Hill
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

24th Street Theatre

David Murakami
BRONCO BILLY – The Musical

Skylight Theatre Company

Dallas Nichols
Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta

Rogue Artists Ensemble

Cihan Sahin
Accidental Death of an Anarchist

The Actors’ Gang Theater

Nicholas Santiago
Cost of Living

Fountain Theatre

VIDEO/PROJECTION DESIGN – Large Theatre

Hana Kim
Ragtime

Pasadena Playhouse

Lucy Mackinnon
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Geffen Playhouse

Yee Eun Nam
The Mother of Henry

The Latino Theater Company

OVATIONS HONORS RECIPIENTS

MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A PLAY

Romero Mosley
Hype Man: a Break Beat Play

Fountain Theatre

PUPPET DESIGN

Dillon Nelson & ERIN WALLEY
Argonautika

A Noise Within

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