"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
BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (Intimate Theatre)
BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (Large Theatre)
BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (Intimate Theatre)
BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (Large Theatre)
BEST PRESENTED PRODUCTION
ACTING ENSEMBLE FOR A PLAY
ACTING ENSEMBLE OF A MUSICAL
CHOREOGRAPHY
MUSIC DIRECTION
LYRICS/MUSIC FOR AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL
PLAYWRITING FOR AN ORIGINAL PLAY
DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
DIRECTOR OF A PLAY (TIED)
LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
LIGHTING DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
LIGHTING DESIGN (Large Theatre)
SCENIC DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
SCENIC DESIGN (Large Theatre)
SOUND DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
SOUND DESIGN (Large Theatre)
COSTUME DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
COSTUME DESIGN (Large Theatre)
VIDEO/PROJECTION DESIGN

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