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Announcing: 24th Annual Ovation Awards Presented on Sunday, November 3

24TH ANNUAL LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARDS
PRESENTED SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
AT THE HISTORIC SAN GABRIEL MISSION PLAYHOUSE

KUDOS FOR 2013 SEASON
SHARED BY 13 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THEATRE COMPANIES

CLICK HERE FOR FOR A PDF OF COMPLETE WINNERS LIST

2013 Ovation AwardsThe 24th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards, celebrating theatrical excellence and achievement during the 2013 season, were presented on Sunday, November 3 at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse

Thirty-five awards were bestowed upon 13 different Southern California theatre companies. Leading the pack with 12 was Center Theatre Group (seven for The Nether at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; three for Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Forum; one for The Scottsboro Boys at the Ahmanson Theatre; and one for The Royale at the Kirk Douglas Theatre). CTG was followed by 3-D Theatricals with five awards (four for Parade and one for Shrek the Musical). The Chance Theater and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts took home three awards each (including Best Season for La Mirada); Circle X Theatre Company, the Fountain Theatre, and the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble tied with two each.

For a complete list of winners, visit www.OvationAwards.com, or click here.

LA STAGE Alliance CEO Terence McFarland commented, “The Ovation Awards highlight the world class artistry happening each night on Los Angeles’ stages. This annual celebration brings together our diverse community to acknowledge not only the very best in design, performance and production, but also to unite our theatre-rich region and many of our numerous theatre families. We hope that the recognition of an Ovation Award serves as a catalyst to ever higher artistic achievement and future employment for our theatre professionals.”

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: The Antaeus Company, The Blank Theatre, Deaf West Theatre, East West Players, The Theatre @ Boston Court, and Theatre Banshee. Center Theatre Group presented the 2013 Sherwood Award, for innovative and adventurous artists, to Miranda Wright. This award is endowed by the Sherwood family, and is accompanied by $10,000 to further Wright’s artistic work.

The ceremony was hosted by Michael McKean, and this year’s celebrity presenters included Ed Begley Jr., Erich Bergen, Amy Brenneman, Charlie Carver, Keith David, Barrett Foa, Val Kilmer, Sharon Lawrence, Wendie Malick, Melissa Manchester, Ana Ortiz, Cathy Rigby, Jason Ritter, Susan Sullivan, and Steven Weber. They were joined by many local performers, city officials, union reps, artistic, managing, and executive directors, and other artistic personnel representing the wide and varied Los Angeles theatre community.

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 Awards 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 August 27, 2012 through August 25, 2013.

LA STAGE Alliance programs are sponsored in part by Actors Equity, The Biller Family Foundation, California Arts Council, California Community Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, DatabaseWorks, the DEW Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Goldstar, James Irvine Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Bakers Man Productions, Ken Werther Publicity, Live Event Pros, Los Angeles County Supervisors through the LA County Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, 4 Wall Lighting, Pacific Coast Entertainment, The Shubert Foundation, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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11-03-13

Announcing: Celebrity Presenters Announced for 24th Annual Ovation Awards Ceremony on Sunday 11/3

CELEBRITY PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED
FOR 24TH ANNUAL LA STAGE ALLIANCE
OVATION AWARDS CEREMONY

MICHAEL McKEAN WILL HOST
AT SAN GABRIEL MISSION PLAYHOUSE
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 AT 7:00PM

Michael McKeanLA STAGE Alliance has announced celebrity presenters set to join host Michael McKean for the 24th Annual Ovation Awards Ceremony on Sunday, November 3 at the historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. A pre-show reception begins at 5:30, and the curtain will rise at 7pm.

Celebrity presenters scheduled to participate include (in alphabetical order) Ed Begley Jr., Erich Bergen, Amy Brenneman, Charlie Carver, Keith David, Barrett Foa, Val Kilmer, Sharon Lawrence, Wendie Malick, Ana Ortiz, Susan Sullivan, Steven Weber, and more. They will be joined by many local performers, city officials, union reps, artistic, managing, and executive directors, along with other artistic personnel representing the wide and varied Los Angeles theatre community.

Producers Douglas Clayton, Crystal Diaz, and Andrew Carlberg will lead this year’s production team, with technical direction and production management by Live Event Pros. The production design is by Terence McFarland, Oliver Hess and Aperiodic Industries, and lighting design is by Dan Weingarten. Musical direction will once again be by the Ovation Award-winning David O, combined with the music and performance of String Theory. The voices of the Ovations are Bernadette Sullivan and Robert Yacko. The Ovation statues will be presented by students from the MFA program at UCLA.

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 Awards 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 August 27, 2012 through August 25, 2013.

LA STAGE Alliance programs are sponsored in part by Actors Equity, The Biller Family Foundation, California Arts Council, California Community Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, DatabaseWorks, the DEW Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Goldstar, James Irvine Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Bakers Man Productions, Ken Werther Publicity, Live Event Pros, Los Angeles County Supervisors through the LA County Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, 4 Wall Lighting, Pacific Coast Entertainment, The Shubert Foundation, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The 24th Annual Ovation Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 3 at 7pm at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, located at 320 S. Mission Drive in San Gabriel. A pre-show reception begins at 5:30pm. For more information, visit www.OvationAwards.com.

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10-24-2013

Announcing: Michael McKean Set to Host 24th Annual Ovation Awards Ceremony

MICHAEL McKEAN
SET TO HOST 24TH ANNUAL LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARDS CEREMONY

AT HISTORIC SAN GABRIEL MISSION PLAYHOUSE
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, AT 7PM

Michael McKeanStage, film, television star and musical artist Michael McKean will host the 24th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards Ceremony on Sunday, November 3, at the historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel, it was announced today. The curtain will rise at 7pm.

“I’m thrilled to be hosting the Ovation Awards and helping to bestow upon the worthy the recognition they have earned on the boards of Los Angeles,” said McKean. “LA STAGE Alliance has promised me a t-shirt and a coffee mug, but I’m really doing it for the prestige.”

Well known for his work across all mediums, Michael McKean is perhaps best known for his portrayal of ‘Lenny’ on Laverne & Shirley. Additional television credits include Family Tree, Homeland, Law & Order: SVU, Castle, Happy Endings, Sesame Street, The X-Files, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Smallville, among many others. McKean’s many theatre credits include appearances on Broadway and regionally in productions such as All The Way; Yes, Prime Minister; Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, King Lear, Our Town, Superior Donuts, The Homecoming, The Pajama Game, A Second Hand Memory, Hairspray, On the Razzle, Love Song, and Randy Newman’s Harps and Angels. His feature film credits are also many and varied, including This Is Spinal Tap, Clue, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, Whatever Works; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; The Words, and The Brady Bunch Movie. McKean is an Oscar nominee (Best Song, “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow,” co-written with Annette O’Toole), a Grammy Award-winner (title song for A Mighty Wind, co-written with Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy), and a Theatre World Award-winner (Rupert Holmes’s Accomplice).

For more information and details on how to attend the Ovation Awards ceremony on November 3, visit www.OvationAwards.com.

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10-04-13