Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ovation Awards Nominees Include Kirsten Vangsness, Blythe Danner, Leon Russom & Chris L. McKenna

Chris L. McKenna (right) is nominated for best Lead Actor in a Play for his work in "Taste."
Nominees for the 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were announced earlier this week at Native Voices at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The nominations were revealed by past Ovation Award recipients Gigi Bermingham, Brighid Fleming, Parmer Fuller, Jennifer Haley, Brian Kite, Glynn Turman, and John Zalewski, along with LA STAGE Alliance Chief Executive Officer Terence McFarland.

Theatre @ Boston Court received the most nominations (19), followed by the Geffen Playhouse and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts with 17 each, Center Theatre Group and 3-D Theatricals with 13 each, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (12).

Said CEO Terence McFarland, “We’re always excited to see the breadth and diversity of the Ovation Awards nominee list. This year’s crop is reflective of the tremendous work happening on stages throughout the region. We’re thrilled to shine a light on some stalwarts of the community and bring broader attention to those burgeoning artists at the beginning of their careers. I look forward to celebrating all achievements in excellence in Los Angeles theatre on November 2.”

Below is a complete list of nominees:

BEST SEASON
3-D THEATRICALS
ACTORS CO-OP
FOUNTAIN THEATRE
LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
THE THEATRE @ BOSTON COURT

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (Intimate Theatre)
EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

HENRY V
Pacific Resident Theatre

MY NAME IS ASHER LEV
Fountain Theatre

STUPID FUCKING BIRD
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Circle X Theatre Company

THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER
Los Angeles LGBT Center

THE PLIANT GIRLS
Fugitive Kind Theater

THE RECOMMENDATION
IAMA Theatre Company

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (Large Theatre)
BREATH & IMAGINATION
The Colony Theatre Company

COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA
A Noise Within

OTHER DESERT CITIES
International City Theatre

PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE
A Noise Within

PREMEDITATION
The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC)

SLOWGIRL
Geffen Playhouse

THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Geffen Playhouse

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (Intimate Theatre)
110 IN THE SHADE
Actors Co-op

LYSISTRATA JONES
Chance Theater

THE WRONG MAN
Skylight Theatre Company

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (Large Theatre)

FLOYD COLLINS
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

LES MISÉRABLES
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN‘ THRU LIFE
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

BEST PRESENTED PRODUCTION
A WORD OR TWO
Center Theatre Group

BRIEF ENCOUNTER
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

MATTHEW BOURNE‘S SLEEPING BEAUTY
Center Theatre Group

ACTING ENSEMBLE FOR A PLAY
LEBENSRAUM
Art of Acting Studio

MY NAME IS ASHER LEV
Fountain Theatre

STUPID FUCKING BIRD
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Circle X Theatre Company

THE BROTHERS SIZE
Fountain Theatre

THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Geffen Playhouse

THE PLIANT GIRLS
Fugitive Kind Theater

THE RECOMMENDATION
IAMA Theatre Company

ACTING ENSEMBLE OF A MUSICAL
FLOYD COLLINS
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

HARMONY
Center Theatre Group

LES MISÉRABLES
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN‘ THRU LIFE
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

THE PRODUCERS
3-D Theatricals

CHOREOGRAPHY
JOHN CHARRON
BYE BYE BIRDIE
Cabrillo Music Theatre

DANA SOLIMANDO
DAMN YANKEES
3-D Theatricals

JOANN HUNTER
HARMONY
Center Theatre Group

DANIELLE AGAMI
INVISIBLE CITIES
The Industry

KELLY TODD
LYSISTRATA JONES
Chance Theater

LAUREN KADEL
MEL BROOKS‘ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Musical Theatre West

AMEENAH KAPLAN
THE BROTHERS SIZE
Fountain Theatre

MUSIC DIRECTION
DAVID O
FLOYD COLLINS
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

JOHN O‘NEILL
HARMONY
Center Theatre Group

JOHN GLAUDINI
LES MISÉRABLES
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

SHERRIE MARICLE
MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN‘ THRU LIFE
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

DAVID LAMOUREUX
THE PRODUCERS
3-D Theatricals

BOOK FOR AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL
CHRISTOPHER CERRONE
INVISIBLE CITIES
The Industry

ROSS GOLAN
THE WRONG MAN
Skylight Theatre Company

DEAN MCCLURE
WHEN YOU WISH: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY
When You Wish L.A., LLC

LYRICS/MUSIC FOR AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL
CHRISTOPHER CERRONE
INVISIBLE CITIES
The Industry

ROSS GOLAN
THE WRONG MAN
Skylight Theatre Company

DEAN MCCLURE
WHEN YOU WISH: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY
When You Wish L.A., LLC

PLAYWRITING FOR AN ORIGINAL PLAY
SHEILA CALLAGHAN
EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

TOMMY SMITH
FIREMEN
The Echo Theater Company

MARJA-LEWIS RYAN
ONE IN THE CHAMBER
Theatre Planners / 6140productions

LUIS ALFARO
ST. JUDE
Center Theatre Group

AARON POSNER
STUPID FUCKING BIRD
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Circle X Theatre Company

DONALD MARGULIES
THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Geffen Playhouse

MEGHAN BROWN
THE PLIANT GIRLS
Fugitive Kind Theater

DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
RICHARD ISRAEL
110 IN THE SHADE
Actors Co-op

RICHARD ISRAEL
FLOYD COLLINS
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

MICHAEL MATTHEWS
FUNNY GIRL
3-D Theatricals

YUVAL SHARON
INVISIBLE CITIES
The Industry

BRIAN KITE
LES MISÉRABLES
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
TIM ROBBINS
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT‘S DREAM
Actors‘ Gang

JESSICA KUBZANSKY
EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

GUILLERMO CIENFUEGOS
HENRY V
Pacific Resident Theatre

JOSE LUIS VALENZUELA
PREMEDITATION
The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC)

MICHAEL MICHETTI
STUPID FUCKING BIRD
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Circle X Theatre Company

DANIEL SULLIVAN
THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Geffen Playhouse

AMANDA MCRAVEN
THE PLIANT GIRLS
Fugitive Kind Theater

LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
MARK WHITTEN as Floyd Collins
FLOYD COLLINS
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

DAVIS GAINES as Fred/Petruchio
KISS ME KATE
Cabrillo Music Theatre

JAMES BARBOUR as Jean Valjean
LES MISÉRABLES
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

JEFF SKOWRON as Thenardier
LES MISÉRABLES
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

MAURICE HINES as Maurice Hines
MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN‘ THRU LIFE
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

JAY WINNICK as Max Bialystock
THE PRODUCERS
3-D Theatricals

JEFF SKOWRON as Leo Bloom
THE PRODUCERS
3-D Theatricals

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
KIM HUBER as Nellie Collins
FLOYD COLLINS
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

NICOLE PARKER as Fanny Brice
FUNNY GIRL
3-D Theatricals

VIVA CARR as Baker‘s Wife
INTO THE WOODS
3-D Theatricals

VICTORIA STRONG as Lilli/Kate
KISS ME, KATE
Cabrillo Music Theatre

ALISON ENGLAND as Zombina
ZOMBIES FROM THE BEYOND
The Visceral Company

LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
GORDON GOODMAN as John Barrymore
BARRYMORE
Good People Theater Company

ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH
FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW
Bootleg Theater

CHRIS L. MCKENNA as Vic
TASTE
Sacred Fools Theatre Company

ERIC LANGE as Elliot Cooper
THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Geffen Playhouse

MALCOLM BARRETT as Dwight Barnes
THE RECOMMENDATION
IAMA Theatre Company

JOE SPANO as White
THE SUNSET LIMITED
Rubicon Theatre Company

TUCKER SMALLWOOD as Black
THE SUNSET LIMITED
Rubicon Theatre Company

LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
KARAN KENDRICK as Angel Mo‘
BREATH & IMAGINATION
The Colony Theatre Company

DEBORAH STRANG as Lola
COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA
A Noise Within

KIRSTEN VANGSNESS as Jess
EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

ANNA KHAJA as Rivkeh
MY NAME IS ASHER LEV
Fountain Theatre

BLYTHE DANNER as Anna Patterson
THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Geffen Playhouse

SARAH STEELE as Susie Keegan
THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Geffen Playhouse

ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ as Rosie
UNORGANIZED CRIME
Elephant Theatre

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
JOSEY MCCOY as Skeets Miller
FLOYD COLLINS
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

JOHN MANZARI as John Manzari
MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN‘ THRU LIFE
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

LEO MANZARI as Leo Manzari
MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN‘ THRU LIFE
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

LUKE SPRING as Luke Spring
MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN‘ THRU LIFE
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

DAVID ENGEL as Roger De Bris
THE PRODUCERS
3-D Theatricals

LEIGH WAKEFORD as Carmen Ghia
THE PRODUCERS
3-D Theatricals

ANDY UMBERGER as Roy Disney
WHEN YOU WISH: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY
When You Wish L.A., LLC

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
STEPHANIE ANDERSEN as Sister Chantelle
BARE: A ROCK MUSICAL
glory/struck Productions

HANNAH CORNEAU as Ruth
HARMONY
Center Theatre Group

LINDSEY ALLEY as Paulette
LEGALLY BLONDE
3-D Theatricals

ANDI DAVIS as INGA
MEL BROOKS‘ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Musical Theatre West

REBECCA JOHNSON as Elizabeth
MEL BROOKS‘ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Musical Theatre West

TRACY LORE as Frau Blucher
MEL BROOKS‘ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Musical Theatre West

ANNIE GOLDEN as Mrs. Werring
THE BLACK SUITS
Center Theatre Group

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
HUGO ARMSTRONG as Ted
BACKYARD
The Echo Theater Company

LEON RUSSOM as Chorus/Bates/Bardolph
HENRY V
The Porters of Hellsgate

ALEC FRASIER as Adam
ONE IN THE CHAMBER
Theatre Planners / 6140productions

ADAM SILVER as Dev
STUPID FUCKING BIRD
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Circle X Theatre Company

ARYE GROSS as Sorn
STUPID FUCKING BIRD
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Circle X Theatre Company

JOE DELAFIELD as Alcippe
THE LIAR
The Antaeus Company

TYLER SEIPLE as Marcus/Claude
THE PLIANT GIRLS
Fugitive Kind Theater

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
REBECCA GRAY as Susan
FIREMEN
The Echo Theater Company

CAROLE WEYERS as Nym/Katherine
HENRY V
Pacific Resident Theatre

SHANNON HOLT as Queen Elizabeth/Hitler/Reagan
PASSION PLAY
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

KELLY SCHUMANN as Tam
THE HOMOSEXUALS
Celebration Theatre

RACHEL GRATE as Kay
THE PLIANT GIRLS
Fugitive Kind Theater

SAGE HOWARD as Courtney
THE PLIANT GIRLS
Fugitive Kind Theater

ABIGAIL MARKS as Dull Gret/Angie
TOP GIRLS
The Antaeus Company

LIGHTING DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
DAVID DARWIN
A CHRISTMAS CAROL 2014
Grove Theater Center

JEREMY PIVNICK
EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

KRISTEEN CROSSER
FOXFINDER
Furious Theatre Company

JEREMY PIVNICK
R II
The Theatre @ Boston Court

ELIZABETH HARPER
STUPID FUCKING BIRD
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Circle X Theatre Company

JEREMY PIVNICK
THE DIFFERENT SHADES OF HUGH
Road Theatre Company

LUKE MOYER
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY
NoHo Arts Center Ensemble

LIGHTING DESIGN (Large Theatre)
LISA KATZ
FLOYD COLLINS
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

JEFF CROITER & SETH JACKSON
HARMONY
Center Theatre Group

DAVID LANDER
PARFUMERIE
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

ELIZABETH HARPER
PLAY DEAD
Geffen Playhouse

PABLO SANTIAGO
PREMEDITATION
The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC)

PETER KACZOROWSKI
THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Geffen Playhouse

ROBERT WIERZEL
THE STEWARD OF CHRISTENDOM
Center Theatre Group

SCENIC DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
JEFF RACK
GOD ONLY KNOWS
Theatre 40

JEFF RACK
NIGHT WATCH
Theatre 40

D MARTIN BOOKWALTER
ON THE MONEY
The Victory Theatre Center

JEFF MCLAUGHLIN
PRAY TO BALL
Skylight Theatre Company

STEPHANIE KERLEY SCHWARTZ
STUPID FUCKING BIRD
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Circle X Theatre Company

DEANNE MILLAIS
TASTE
Sacred Fools Theatre Company

THOMAS BROWN
THE OLD SETTLER
Interact Theatre Company

SCENIC DESIGN (Large Theatre)
TOBIN OST
HARMONY
Center Theatre Group

TOM BUDERWITZ
NOÉL COWARD‘S A SONG AT TWILIGHT
Pasadena Playhouse

ALLEN MOYER
PARFUMERIE
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

TOM BUDERWITZ
PLAY DEAD
Geffen Playhouse

JOHN LEE BEATTY
THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Geffen Playhouse

KEVIN DEPINET
THE STEWARD OF CHRISTENDOM
Center Theatre Group

CRAIG SIEBELS
WAIT UNTIL DARK
Geffen Playhouse

SOUND DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
AUSTIN QUAN
DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE
Actors Co-op

JOHN ZALEWSKI
EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

DOUG NEWELL
FOXFINDER
Furious Theatre Company

CHRISTOPHER MOSCATIELLO
PRAY TO BALL
Skylight Theatre Company

JOHN ZALEWSKI
R II
The Theatre @ Boston Court

DAN SPURGEON
THE MYSTERY PLAYS
The Visceral Company

BILL FROGGATT
THE WHIPPING MAN
West Coast Jewish Theatre

SOUND DESIGN (Large Theatre)
JOSH BESSOM
FLOYD COLLINS
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

CARL CASELLA
MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN‘ THRU LIFE
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

CRICKET MYERS
PLAY DEAD
Geffen Playhouse

RICHARD WOODBURY
SLOWGIRL
Geffen Playhouse

JON GOTTLIEB
THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Geffen Playhouse

JULIE FERRIN
THE PRODUCERS
3-D Theatricals

DREW DALZELL & NOELLE HOFFMAN
WICKET LIT 2013
Unbound Productions

COSTUME DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
SHON LEBLANC
AH, WILDERNESS!
Actors Co-op

JENNY FOLDENAUER
EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

WENDELL CARMICHAEL
LEND ME A TENOR
Actors Co-op

KELLY BAILEY
PRAY TO BALL
Skylight Theatre Company

GRACE GOODSON-WITCHER
THE OLD SETTLER
Interact Theatre Company

RACHEL STIVERS
THE PLIANT GIRLS
Fugitive Kind Theater

TERRI A. LEWIS
TOP GIRLS
The Antaeus Company

COSTUME DESIGN (Large Theatre)
TOBIN OST
HARMONY
Center Theatre Group

A. JEFFREY SCHOENBERG
KISS ME, KATE
Cabrillo Music Theatre

COLLEEN GRADY
LES MISÉRABLES
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

DAVID MICKELSEN
NOÉL COWARD‘S A SONG AT TWILIGHT
Pasadena Playhouse

MICHAEL KRASS
PARFUMERIE
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

ANGELA CALIN
PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE
A Noise Within

RITA RYACK
THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Geffen Playhouse

VIDEO/PROJECTION DESIGN
SPENCER LEE & HANA KIM
PRAY TO BALL
Skylight Theatre Company

BEN ROCK & ANTHONY BACKMAN
STONEFACE
Pasadena Playhouse
SEAN CAWELTI

STUPID FUCKING BIRD
The Theatre @ Boston Court/
Circle X Theatre Company

ADAM FLEMMING
THE DIFFERENT SHADES OF HUGH
Road Theatre Company

HANA KIM
THE UGLY ONE
Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA

MICHAEL HOY & ADAM FLEMMING
THE WRONG MAN
Skylight Theatre Company

OVATIONS HONORS
Composition for a Play
DAVE ROBBINS
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT‘S DREAM
Actors‘ Gang
Fight Choreography

AHMED BEST
BACKYARD
The Echo Theater Company
Puppet Design

MICHELLE ZAMORA
ROALD DAHL‘S THE MAGIC FINGER
MainStreet Theatre Company

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