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The 2014 Ovation Awards Winners Announced

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"2014 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards Ceremony"

The 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards, celebrating theatrical excellence and achievement during the past 12 months, were presented on Sunday, November 2 at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. LA STAGE Alliance CEO Terence McFarland commented, “This year marks 25 years of celebrating excellence in Los Angeles theatre. At the ceremony we acknowledged not only those in competitive categories, but all of the artists, craftspeople, technicians, volunteers, ushers, stage managers — all those who ensure that the magic happens on stages throughout the region. We welcomed the 2014 recipients into the Ovation family and look forward to celebrating at least 25 more years of achievement in performance, design, and production.”

Additionally, Sarah Lyding, Executive Director of the Biller Family Foundation, presented the Biller BEST (Building Excellence in Small Theatre) Awards, including checks totaling $75,000 to the following LA theatre companies: intimate — The Blank Theatre (also won in 2013), The Fountain Theatre, Circle X Theatre Company (also won in 2011 and 2012); mid-sized — East West Players (also won in 2013), A Noise Within (also won in 2012), and The Theatre @ Boston Court (also won in 2012 and 2013). Center Theatre Group presented the 2014 Sherwood Award for innovative and adventurous artists to director Sean Cawelti. This award is endowed by the Sherwood family and is accompanied by $10,000 to further Cawelti’s artistic work.

The ceremony was hosted by Kate Burton and Katie Lowes, and this year’s presenters included (in alphabetical order) Max Adler, Bill Ahmanson, Hugo Armstrong, Malcolm Barrett, Alexandra Billings, Debby Boone, Danielle Brazell, Anne Gee Byrd, Deborah S. Craig, Dana Delany, Lorna Duyn, Drew Droege, Lorna Duyn, Todrick Hall, Ameenah Kaplan, Daniel Dae Kim, DJ Kurs, Matthew Lillard, Josefina Lopez, Justina Machado, Gabriel Neustadt, Jenny O’Hara, Peter Paige, Nicole Parker, Jenelle Riley, Freddy Rodriguez, Leon Rossum, Tessa Thompson, and Greg Watanabe.

The production team for this year’s ceremony was led by executive producer Terence McFarland. His team of producers included (in alphabetical order) Andrew Carlberg, Crystal Diaz, Dani Oliver, and Matt Sweeney. This year’s sponsors were Bakers Man Productions, Dazian, the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, Deep Eddy Vodka, Actors Equity Association, Goldstar, Green Hasson Janks, Ken Werther Publicity, LA Sound Company, Kinetic Lighting, Inc., and the Los Angeles Times.


FULL WINNER LIST

BEST SEASON
  • FOUNTAIN THEATRE
BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (Intimate Theatre)
  • THE RECOMMENDATION
    IAMA Theatre Company
BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (Large Theatre)
  • THE COUNTRY HOUSE
    Geffen Playhouse
BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (Intimate Theatre)
  • 110 IN THE SHADE
    Actors Co-op
BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (Large Theatre)
  • FLOYD COLLINS
    La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
BEST PRESENTED PRODUCTION
  • MATTHEW BOURNE‘S SLEEPING BEAUTY
    Center Theatre Group
ACTING ENSEMBLE FOR A PLAY
  • THE COUNTRY HOUSE
    Geffen Playhouse
ACTING ENSEMBLE OF A MUSICAL
  • MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN‘ THRU LIFE
    Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
CHOREOGRAPHY
  • KELLY TODD
    LYSISTRATA JONES
    Chance Theater
MUSIC DIRECTION
  • SHERRIE MARICLE
    MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN‘ THRU LIFE
    Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
LYRICS/MUSIC FOR AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL
  • ROSS GOLAN
    THE WRONG MAN
    Skylight Theatre Company
PLAYWRITING FOR AN ORIGINAL PLAY
  • MEGHAN BROWN
    THE PLIANT GIRLS
    Fugitive Kind Theater
DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
  • RICHARD ISRAEL
    FLOYD COLLINS
    La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
DIRECTOR OF A PLAY (TIED)
  • GUILLERMO CIENFUEGOS
    HENRY V
    Pacific Resident Theatre
  • AMANDA MCRAVEN
    THE PLIANT GIRLS
    Fugitive Kind Theater
LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
  • JAMES BARBOUR as Jean Valjean
    LES MISÉRABLES
    La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts/
    McCoy Rigby Entertainment
LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
  • NICOLE PARKER as Fanny Brice
    FUNNY GIRL
    3-D Theatricals
LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
  • MALCOLM BARRETT as Dwight Barnes
    THE RECOMMENDATION
    IAMA Theatre Company
LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
  • DEBORAH STRANG as Lola
    COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA
    A Noise Within
FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
  • LEIGH WAKEFORD as Carmen Ghia
    THE PRODUCERS
    3-D Theatricals
FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
  • TRACY LORE as Frau Blucher
    MEL BROOKS‘ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
    Musical Theatre West
FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
  • HUGO ARMSTRONG as Ted
    BACKYARD
    The Echo Theater Company
FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
  • REBECCA GRAY as Susan
    FIREMEN
    The Echo Theater Company
LIGHTING DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
  • JEREMY PIVNICK
    EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH
    The Theatre @ Boston Court/
    Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
LIGHTING DESIGN (Large Theatre)
  • PETER KACZOROWSKI
    THE COUNTRY HOUSE
    Geffen Playhouse
SCENIC DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
  • JEFF MCLAUGHLIN
    PRAY TO BALL
    Skylight Theatre Company
SCENIC DESIGN (Large Theatre)
  • ALLEN MOYER
    PARFUMERIE
    Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
SOUND DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
  • JOHN ZALEWSKI
    EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH
    The Theatre @ Boston Court/
    Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
SOUND DESIGN (Large Theatre)
  • RICHARD WOODBURY
    SLOWGIRL
    Geffen Playhouse
COSTUME DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
  • JENNY FOLDENAUER
    EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH
    The Theatre @ Boston Court/
    Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
COSTUME DESIGN (Large Theatre)
  • MICHAEL KRASS
    PARFUMERIE
    Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
VIDEO/PROJECTION DESIGN
  • MICHAEL HOY & ADAM FLEMMING
    THE WRONG MAN
    Skylight Theatre Company

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