The 27th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards will occur on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at The Ahmanson Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles.

Red carpet arrivals will begin at 6:00pm and the curtain will rise at 7:30pm. A reception in the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will follow the ceremony.

A list of the 2015/16 Ovation Awards nominees can be found on @ This Stage.

Please read this page for all information regarding events and ticketing.



Early bird tickets can be purchased for $75 up until December 9, after which they will become $100. Groups of 10 or more can pay $40/ticket up until the early bird deadline, after which they pay $55/ticket, by calling (213) 972-7231. Groups may reserve their seats with a non-refundable deposit of 20%. The balance is due no later than January 6.

If you are an Ovation Awards nominee or voter, you will be emailed with information regarding how to reserve your tickets. If you are not emailed by Thursday, November 10, please email


The generous sponsors of this year’s Ovation Awards ceremony include Wells Fargo, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, F&D Scene Changes Ltd., UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, Ken Werther Publicity, Bakers Man Productions, Time Out Los Angeles, Performances Magazine, Variety, Peter Konerko Photography.

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s ceremony, please view our sponsorship and advertising opportunities.


We’re currently looking for individuals to volunteer at the Ovation Awards ceremony in January. Volunteers attend the ceremony for free. Please fill out this form if you’re interested in volunteering and we’ll get back to you shortly.


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.

In 1989, the Ovation Awards were created to celebrate the theatrical community of Greater LA. They were conceived as honorary awards and remained so until 1993, when they became competitive. Since then, over 300 theatrical productions have competed each year in 35 different categories to be recognized as Ovation Awards recipients. These productions are evaluated by a pool of 250 vetted Ovation voters, all of whom are working theatre professionals of Greater LA.

Each Ovation Awards season (September through August) concludes with a tabulation that determines the nominees in each category, followed by a black-tie ceremony at a prominent Greater Los Angeles theatre.

Receiving an Ovation Award is a significant point of recognition for LA theatre artists. The LA Times has referred to the Ovation Awards as the “highest-profile contest for local theatre.”


The Ovation Awards ceremony has been held at many different theatres throughout the Los Angeles area, showcasing the great variety of our region’s stages. The ceremony is typically attended by around 1,200 prominent members of the Greater LA theatre community, including presenters, nominees, celebrities, luminaries, and major supporters and partners of LA STAGE and the arts. Our list of distinguished hosts has included Nathan Lane, Lily Tomlin, Neil Patrick Harris, French and Vanessa Claire Stewart, and Michael McKean.

The formal ceremony is a yearly celebration of achievement and excellence, and is a way for our expansive community to converge for an evening of recognition, engagement, and entertainment.