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THEATRE BAY AREA ANNOUNCES 2015 TBA AWARDS RECIPIENTS.

THEATRE BAY AREA ANNOUNCES
2015 TBA AWARDS RECIPIENTS

Second Annual TBA Awards Celebration Was Held on  Monday, November 16 at American Conservatory Theater’s Historic Geary Theater.

(San Francisco, CA) – Theatre Bay Area announced the 2015 TBA Awards recipients at the second annual TBA Awards Celebration on Monday, November 16 atAmerican Conservatory Theater’s historic Geary Theater. Produced by David Gluck and Nick A. Olivero, the TBA Awards Celebration featured an opening musical parody written by Allison Page, artistic director of renowned comedy troupeKilling My Lobster; performances from the three companies that received last year’s TBA Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical: (“When You’re an Addams” fromThe Addams Family by San Jose Stage Company, “Dance at the Gym (Mambo)”from West Side Story by Broadway By the Bay and “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors by Altarena Playhouse); a nine-piece live band seated on stage, led by musical director San Kana; and a special musical tribute led by Amy Lizardo andTeresa Attridge. The event was generously hosted by American Conservatory Theater in their historic Geary Theater, followed by an after-party at PianoFight

This year, 350 TBA Awards adjudicators cast ballots on 306 productions produced by 87 companies. Of the finalists, 123 performed in San Francisco, 100 performed in the East Bay, 83 performed in the South Bay and 37 performed in the North Bay. The complete list of recipients is below.

In addition to honoring the finalists and recipients in each category, Theatre Bay Area presented its three Legacy Awards—in honor of A.C.T. Associate Artistic DirectorMark Rucker (Artist); to consultant, philanthropist and executive director of Handful Players Judith Cohen (Philanthropist) and to the public charter school Oakland School for the Arts (Organization). TBA Legacy Awards honor extraordinary contributions to the Bay Area theatre community and reflect the recipients’ body of work over time or a significant milestone in their professional journeys.

The Charles Dean Award was presented to award-winning actor, director, playwright and educator Margo Hall. The Charles Dean Award recognizes a Bay Area actor who has dedicated his or her career to Bay Area theatre. The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize endowed by the Robinson Family Fund for the Arts and is administered by Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Awardees are chosen by a panel of local theatre community adjudicators and presented annually at the TBA Awards.

Margo Hall is an award-winning actor, director, playwright, educator and founding member of the Campo Santo collective. Selected acting credits include: A Raisin in the Sun, A Winter’s Tale, American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose and SPUNK at California Shakespeare Theater; Once in a Lifetime and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet at American Conservatory Theater; Fences and Seven Guitars at Marin Theatre Company; Trouble in Mind at Aurora Theatre; This World in a Woman’s Hands atShotgun Players; and Be Bop Baby at Z Space. Directing credits include: Hotel Angulo,Simpatico and the world premiere of Joyride by Luis Saguar for Campo Santo; and The Story, a SF Playhouse/Lorraine Hansberry coproduction. Margo completed her first writing project in April 2005 with the world premiere of The People’s Temple at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which won the Glickman award for best new play in the Bay Area for 2005. She has worked as an educator at Chabot Community College, A.C.T., Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, and more.

The TBA Awards are designed to honor excellence in professionally oriented theatre through a peer-based, Bay Area-wide adjudication process. Each year, all season long, TBA Awards adjudicators attend eligible productions across the Bay area. Every week of the awards cycle, the adjudicators put forward productions that they feel should be recommended to the community at large, and the staff at Theatre Bay Areapublishes this information for its members and the general public. All of the votes throughout the year are then tabulated to determine each year’s finalists and award recipients.

In order to create an equitable system of evaluation, the TBA Awards program has defined a set of three evaluation tiers for most award categories. These tiers are primarily defined by budget size and their Actors’ Equity Association affiliation.

A complete list of the 2015 TBA Awards Recipients is below.

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL            

Tier 1    
Party People at Berkeley Repertory Theatre                        

Tier 2
H.M.S. Pinafore at Lamplighters Music Theatre                

Tier 3
Dogfight at OMG, I Love That Show! Productions


OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY            

Tier 1            
Old Hats at American Conservatory Theater

Tier 2                                    
Clybourne Park at 6th Street Playhouse

Tier 3
The Brothers Size at Ubuntu Theater Project                            


OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF AN ANTHOLOGY PLAY    

WTFamily at Left Coast Theatre Co.


OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A SOLO PLAY    

Brian Copeland for The Waiting Period at Altarena Playhouse/The Marsh


OUTSTANDING WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL        

Triangle
Librettist: Curtis Moore, Joshua Scher
Lyricist & Librettist: Thomas Mizer
Composer: Curtis Moore


OUTSTANDING WORLD PREMIERE PLAY        

Enemies: Foreign and Domestic by Patricia Milton at Central Works


OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL            

Tier 1
Liesl Tommy
for Party People at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Tier 2
Jon Tracy for Fiddler on the Roof at Berkeley Playhouse

Tier 3  
Carl Jordan for Avenue Q at Novato Theater Company


OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY            

Tier 1   
Josh Costello for Ideation at San Francisco Playhouse

Tier 2            
Carl Jordan for Clybourne Park at 6th Street Playhouse

Tier 3        
Molly Aaronson-Gelb for We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 at Just Theater


OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

Tier 1            
Millicent Johnnie for Party People at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Tier 2            
Nicole Helfer for West Side Story at Broadway By the Bay

Tier 3            
Alex Rodriguez for Heathers: The Musical at Ray of Light Theatre


OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION            

Tier 1
Dan Wheetman for Fire on the Mountain at TheatreWorks            

Tier 2            
David Möschler for H.M.S. Pinafore at Lamplighters Music Theatre

Tier 3        
Sean Kana for Dogfight at OMG, I Love That Show! Productions


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Tier 1        
Megan McGinnis for Triangle at TheatreWorks
Tier 2                            
Jocelyn Pickett for Violet at Tabard Theatre Company

Tier 3                                                
Elizabeth A. Curtis for Dogfight at OMG, I Love That Show! Productions


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN A PLAY

Tier 1                                                
Katherine R. Turner for The Convert at Marin Theatre Company

Tier 2
Cathleen Riddley for The Amen Corner at AlterTheater Ensemble              

Tier 3
Celia Maurice for The Birthday Party at Off Broadway West Theatre Company


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN A MUSICAL            

Tier 1            
Zachary Prince for Triangle at TheatreWorks

Tier 2
Adam Campbell for Les Misérables at Broadway By the Bay            

Tier 3
Nikita Burshteyn for Jesus Christ Superstar at Stage 1 Theatre        


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN A PLAY    

Tier 1            
Bill Irwin for Old Hats at American Conservatory Theater
Tier 2                                                
Ron Campbell for Don Quixote at Marin Shakespeare Company

Tier 3
Justin Gillman for The Pillowman at The Breadbox    


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Tier 1            
Marissa McGowan for A Little Night Music at American Conservatory Theater
Tier 2        
Teresa Attridge for Avenue Q at New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tier 3            
Laura Arthur for Heathers: The Musical at Ray of Light Theatre


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

Tier 1        
Tory Ross for Fallen Angels at TheatreWorks

Tier 2            
Erica Smith for The Amen Corner at AlterTheater Ensemble

Tier 3            
Bonnie DeChant for Barefoot in the Park at Altarena Playhouse


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL            

Tier 1                
Spencer Kiely for Sweeney Todd at TheatreWorks                    

Tier 2            
Chris Morrell for Avenue Q at New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tier 3            
Ray D’Ambrosio for Jesus Christ Superstar at Stage 1 Theatre


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

Tier 1            
Joseph Estlack for Stupid F##king Bird at San Francisco Playhouse

Tier 2            
Aaron Murphy for The Foreigner at Contra Costa Civic Theatre

Tier 3            
Nathaniel Justiniano for Ondine at Sutro at We Players


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY THE ENSEMBLE OF A MUSICAL

Tier 1            
Triangle at TheatreWorks

Tier 2            
Freedomland at San Francisco Mime Troupe

Tier 3            
Heathers: The Musical at Ray of Light Theatre


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY THE ENSEMBLE OF A PLAY

Tier 1            
Old Hats at American Conservatory Theater

Tier 2            
Clybourne Park at 6th Street Playhouse

Tier 3                
The Brothers Size at Ubuntu Theater Project


OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN            

Tier 1    
G.W. Mercier for Head of Passes at Berkeley Repertory Theatre                                                                        

Tier 2
Kuo-Hao Lo for Die Mommie Die! at New Conservatory Theatre Center                            

Tier 3
Ron Gasparinetti for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Los Altos Stage Company


OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

Tier 1            
Sonya Berlovitz for Molière’s Tartuffe at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Tier 2            
Melissa Wortman for Candide at Lamplighters Music Theatre

Tier 3            
Brooke Jennings for Ondine at Sutro at We Players


OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN    

Tier 1            
Paul Toben for Triangle at TheatreWorks

Tier 2            
Christian Mejia for Die Mommie Die! at New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tier 3            
Amanda Ortmayer for The Pillowman at The Breadbox


OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN    

Tier 1            
Brendan Aanes for Triangle at TheatreWorks

Tier 2                                            
George Psarras for Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War at City Lights Theater Company

Tier 3                                                
Liz Ryder for The Pillowman at The Breadbox


OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL UNDERSCORE FOR A PLAY

Grant Olding for One Man, Two Guvnors at Berkeley Repertory Theatre


OUTSTANDING VIDEO DESIGN    

Alexander Nichols for Party People at Berkeley Repertory Theatre


OUTSTANDING CREATIVE SPECIALTY

Outstanding Direction of a Play Score: Cathleen Riddley for The Amen Corner at AlterTheater Ensemble