Center Theatre Group was among 18 different Southern California theatre companies that received 2015 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards. Celebrating theatrical excellence and achievement during the past 12 months, the awards were presented on Monday, November 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center.
A total of 35 awards were bestowed upon 18 different companies. The most honored companies of the year were The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts/Deaf West Theatre/Cody Lassen (“Spring Awakening”); Center Theatre Group (“Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival,” “The Price,” “Luna Gale”); Circle X Theatre Company (“Trevor”); Ebony Repertory Company (“The Gospel at Colonus”); Sacred Fools Theater Company (“The Behavior of Broadus,” a co-production with Burglars of Hamm and Center Theatre Group); Four Larks (“The Temptation of St Antony”); and Loft Ensemble (“She Kills Monsters”).
Other companies honored were 3-D Theatricals, Actors Co-op, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Coeurage Theatre Company, Los Angeles Performance Practice, The Pasadena Playhouse, Rogue Machine, Unbound Productions, and VS. Theatre Company. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts received the Best Season Award (“Enter Laughing,” “Love, Noël: The Letters and Songs of Noël Coward,” “Spring Awakening”).
For a complete list of winners, go to @ This Stage Magazine (ThisStage.LA).
LA STAGE Alliance Board Chair Brian Kite said, “What a night! It is always a thrill to gather the Los Angeles theatre community together to honor excellence. The work on our stages this year was invigorating, riveting, thought provoking, and daring. Congratulations to all the artists that keep LA theatre among the best in the world. Bravo!”
Sarah Lyding, Senior Program Officer for The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, presented the BEST Awards, including checks totaling $105,000 to the following LA theatre companies: Casa 0101 (also won in 2012), Center Theatre Group, East West Players (also won in 2013 and 2014), The Pasadena Playhouse, and Watts Village Theater Company.
Additionally, Center Theatre Group presented the 2015 Sherwood Award for innovative and adventurous artists to Miwa Matreyek. This award is endowed by the Sherwood family and is accompanied by $10,000 to further Matreyek’s artistic work.
Founded in 1989, the LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles. Voters are Los Angeles theatre professionals who are chosen each year, through an application process, by the Ovation Rules Committee. The list of nominees is determined by a tabulation of scores conducted by Green Hasson Janks. This year’s Ovation Award eligibility period ran from September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015.
Since 1975, LA STAGE Alliance has dedicated to building awareness, appreciation, and support for the performing arts in Greater Los Angeles. All of its initiatives aim to serve and strengthen the sector — both at an individual and community level — providing resources that facilitate audience engagement, collaborative marketing, community building, and professional development.
For more information, visit lastagealliance.com.