Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!

The LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, celebrating theatrical excellence and achievement during the 2012 season, were presented last night, November 12, at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Check out photos from inside the ceremony below!

Thirty-five awards were bestowed upon 13 different Southern California theatre companies. Leading the pack with 13 awards was Center Theatre Group (The Convert at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; Waiting for Godot at the Mark Taper ForumWar Horse at the Ahmanson Theatre; and Best Season), followed by Celebration Theatre with six (The Color Purple: A Musical), and Musical Theatre West with four (Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2; Hairspray; and Man of La Mancha). The Antaeus Company (Peace In Our Time), and Theatre @ Boston Court (The Children) took home two awards each.

LA Stage Alliance CEO Terence McFarland commented, "Tonight's recipients reflect the diverse and rich landscape of greater Los Angeles theatre. The Ovation Awards are a celebration of excellence, and one way that LA Stage Alliance shines a light on the fantastic work of our LA theatre artists. Theatres across the country should take note that these are the best of the best, and hire an Ovation Award-winning LA theatre artist today!" For a complete list of winners, visit www.LASTAGEOvations.com.

Additionally, Sarah Lyding, Executive Director of the Biller Family Foundation, presented the Biller BEST (Building Excellence in Small Theatre) Awards, including checks totaling $100,000, to the following LA theatre companies: About Productions, The Antaeus Company, CASA 0101, Circle X Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA, Independent Shakespeare Company, A Noise Within, and The Theatre @ Boston Court. Laura Penn, Executive Director of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society), presented the 2012 Zelda Fichandler Award, for transforming the landscape of regional theatre through unique and creative work, to Cornerstone Theatre Company founder and current Artistic Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Bill RauchCenter Theatre Group presented the 2012 Sherwood Award, for innovative and adventurous artists, to Los Angeles-based playwright and director John Sinner. This award is endowed by the Sherwood family, and is accompanied by $10,000 to further Sinner’s artistic work. LA Stage Alliance was also presented with a Commendation from the office of California Assembly Speaker John Perez, for the commitment and unwavering compassion that LA STAGE has dedicated to the performing arts in the City of Los Angeles. Hosted by Jane Kaczmarek and Culture Clash co-founder Herbert Siguenza, this year’s presenters included many local performers, city officials, union reps, artistic and executive directors, stage managers and publicists, and included (in alphabetical order) Patrick J. Adams, Lindsay Allbaugh, LJ BenetSeamus Dever, Elizabeth Doran, Kristy Edmunds, Davis Gaines, Glenne Headly, Nikki Hyde, Leslie Ito, Brian KiteChristine LakinMichele LeeDawnn Lewis, Monique L'Heureaux, Sarah Lyding,Lesli MargheritaGates McFadden, Jessica Wethington McLean, Laura Penn, Assembly Speaker John PerezBill Rauch, Allison Rawlings, Mark RobertsKirsten VangsnessKen WertherVanessa Williams, and Charlayne Woodard.

LA Stage Alliance is dedicated to building awareness, appreciation and support for the performing arts in Greater Los Angeles through community building, collaborative marketing/ audience development, professional development to strengthen the sector, and advocacy. Providing access to the performing arts for patrons and access to information and resources for organizations has been the mission of the Alliance for over 35 years. The Alliance connects artists and arts administrators from over 500 groups annually in a six county region with opportunities to engage, inspire, educate and entertain over four million households that engage with the arts in our community. The Alliance engenders a stronger and more connected creative Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: Lily Lim

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Robert Yacko

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Jane Kaczmarek and Herbert Siguenza

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Jane Kaczmarek

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Nikki Hyde and LJ Benet

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Featured Actress In A Play Zainab Jah

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Featured Actress In A Musical La Toya London

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Featured Actress In A Musical La Toya London

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Monique L'Heureaux and Kirsten Vangsness

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Costume Design (Intimate Theatre) Shon LeBlanc

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Sound Design (Intimate Theatre) John Zalewski

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Gates McFadden and Patrick J. Adams

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Lyrics/Music For An Original Musical Parmer Fuller and Michael Kramer

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Music Direction Gregory Nabours

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Recipients of The Biller BEST (Building Excellence in Small Theatre) Awards

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Lesli Margherita and Leslie Ito

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Featured Actor In A Play Hugo Armstrong

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Featured Actor In A Musical Todrick Hall

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
2012 Zelda Fichandler Award Recipient Bill Rauch with Laura Penn

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Director Of A Musical Michael Matthews

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Choreography Janet Roston

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Mark Roberts and Charlayne Woodward

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Book For An Original MusicAl Isaac Laskin

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Book For An Original MusicAl Isaac Laskin

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Kristy Edmunds and Elizabeth Doran

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Michael Ritchie accepst Presented Production War Horse

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Terence McFarland

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Christine Lakin and Davis Gaines

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Christine Lakin, Davis Gaines, and Herbert Siguenza

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Lighting Design (Intimate Theatre) Luke Moyer

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Scenic Design (Intimate Theatre) Tom Buderwitz

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
2012 Sherwood Award John Sinner

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Dawnn Lewis, Vanessa Williams and Seamus Dever

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Lead Actress In A Musical Susanne Blakeslee

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Lead Actor In A Musical Davis Gaines

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Production Of A Musical (Intimate Theatre) THE COLOR PURPLE

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
The cast of THE COLOR PURPLE

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Michael A. Shepperd accepting the award.

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Michele Lee and Jessica Wethington McLean

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Lead Actress In A Play Pascale Armand

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Lead Actress In A Play Pascale Armand

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Lead Actor In A Play Alan Mandell

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Acting Ensemble For A Play WAITING FOR GODOT

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Ken Werther and Allison Rawlings

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Production Of A Play (Intimate Theatre) PEACE IN OUR TIME

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
The cast and creative talents behind PEACE IN OUR TIME

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Brian Kite

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Assembly Speaker John Perez and Glenne Headly

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Best Production Of A Musical (Large Theatre) Forbidden Broadway: GREATEST HITS, VOLUME 2

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Best Production of A Play (Large Theatre) WAITING FOR GODOT

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!
Best Season Center Theatre Group Edward L. Rada

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 OVATION AWARDS!

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