The L.A. Stage Alliance's Ovation Award nominees were announced on Monday evening at a ceremony at A Noise Within theater in Glendale, Calif. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the awards remain the only peer-judged theater awards in Los Angeles.
The awards (in theater production, design and performance) bring attention to LA's local theater community at large. While much of the mainstream media are focusing their attention on the number of TV/film performers nominated (e.g., Allison Janney, Megan Hilty, Laurie Metcalf and Chris Pine), 24700 would like to extend congratulations to CalArtians from the theater school who've also been recognized this year:
- Carolyn Almos (MFA 93), Matt Almos (MFA 93), Albert Dayan (MFA 94) and Jon Beauregard (BFA 91) for Playwrighting for an Original Play for Land of Tigers at Sacred Fools Theatre Company.
- Hugo Armstrong (BFA 98) for Featured Actor in a Play as Sabertooth and Tim in Land of the Tigers for Sacred Fools Theatre Company.
- Soojin Lee (MFA 06) for Costume Design (Large Theatre) for both Oliver Twist and The School of Night, both with A Noise Within.
- Cricket S. Meyers (MFA 03) for Sound Design, four times over: Battle Hymn (with Michael Levine, Intimate Theatre) for Circle X Theatre Company; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (with Kathryn Bostic, Large Theatre) at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; Mary's Wedding for The Colony Theatre Company (Large Theatre), and The Little Dog Laughed (with Lewis Flinn, Large Theatre) at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
- David O (aka David Ossmann, BFA 92) for Musical Direction of Divorce! The Musical with Split Up Productions
- Dan Weingarten (MFA 04) for Lighting Design (Large Theatre) of Two Trains Running with Ebony Repertory Theatre.
Not to be left out, CalArts Theater Faculty is being represented by Donald Holder (Head of Lighting Design) on his Ovation Award nomination for Lighting Design (Large Theatre) for The Little Dog Laughed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
This season''s awards ceremony will be held at a black-tie event on Jan. 11:
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Redondo Beach, Calif.
--Thanks to Ian Garrett from CalArts School of Theater for compiling the nominee list.