Four CalArtians Among Ovation Award Winners*

L-R: John Wesley & Michole Briana White in 'Stick Fly.'

Ovation Award Winners: John Wesley and Michole Briana White in 'Stick Fly.' | Photo: I.C. Rapoport

The LA Stage Alliance’s Ovation Awards ceremony, which honored the best in LA’s local theater scene for the 2008-09 season,  took place at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Monday night, and three* four CalArtians were among the 29 winners.

Congratulations to:

  • Michole Brianna White (Theater BFA 91) won for Acting Ensemble as part of Stick Fly, produced by the Matrix Theatre Company.
  • Hugo Armstrong (Theater BFA 98) won for his performance as Sabretooth and Tim in Land of the Tigers by Sacred Fools, Burglars of Hamm and Frantic Redhead Productions.
  • Donald Holder, head of Lighting Design at CalArts, won for Lighting Design for The Little Dog Laughed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
  • *One of our readers pointed out that we originally missed Beth Kennedy (Theater MFA 91), who is board member of the Troubadour Theatre Company, winners of the Best Season Ovation Award.

In a recent interview with Ovation Award nominees for the LA Stage Blog, Armstrong waxes rhapsodic about LA’s theater scene:

What do you love most about theatre in Los Angeles?

It’s raw and ready and the building blocks are right there at your feet. Other places are imitations of other places or museums of themselves, but L.A. is still unmade. It’s still frontier. Its culture is alive as it’s built and torn down and built again. I saw Poor Dog’s “The Internationalists” last week and got so stoked I had to hang around the theatre for awhile before I could leave. It’s made out of punk scraps and pencil shavings and booze and is its own ecstatic truth. Like it or not, there it is. L.A. has that sh*t by the gallon, in as many different forms and styles as you can think of, if you bother to look. We have an edge here that doesn’t quite exist in the same way anywhere else because we recreate the whole scene every time. Every show I see in L.A. is L.A. theatre. No matter how I feel about it, it all belongs. It’s a mad beautiful freedom. And sometimes it hurts like hell, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The gift of being in the E pluribus unum pilot’s seat on a giddy little ditty into the absolute unknown, just dancing, right out there on the tip of it all? That’s just rad.

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  1. Gordon Vandenberg // //

    You Missed Beth Kennedy (theatre mfa). She is a board member of the Troubadour Theatre Company. They won Best Season.

  2. Christopher Meeks // //

    Having worked at CalArts for 21 years–first as Institute Writer then as a writing instructor–I’ll pipe up, too. My play “Who Lives?”, a drama based on the real “Life and Death Committee” in Seattle in the early sixties, was produced in Los Angeles in March 2009. It was then nominated for five Ovation Awards.

    I’d been inspired by the great theatre at CalArts while I was there (up to last year), so hats off to CalArts!