CalArtians Nominated for 31st Annual Ovation Awards

On Thursday, Jan. 28, the LA STAGE Alliance announced nominees for the 31st Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. Among the 174 individual artists evaluated for the 2019-20 season are alumni and faculty from the School of Theater.

Established in 1989, the Ovation Awards are awarded annually to recognize excellence in the theatrical communities throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. CalArtians nominated for this year’s Ovation Awards include:

Lena Sands (Theater MFA 15)
Costume Design (Intimate Theatre): Frankenstein, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Cricket Myers (Theater MFA 03)
Sound Design (Large Theatre): Witch, Geffen Playhouse

Jesse Mandapat (Theater MFA 15)
Sound Design (Intimate Theatre): The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Greenway Arts Alliance

Daniel Gower (Theater MFA 18)
Sound Design (Intimate Theatre): 4.48 Psychosis, Son of Semele Ensemble

Song Yi Park (Theater MFA 19)
The Unseen Hand & Killer’s Head, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

David Offner (Theater MFA 05)
Scenic Design (Intimate Theatre): 4.48 Psychosis, Son of Semele Ensemble
Julien Nitzberg (Film/Video MFA 96)
Lyrics/Composition for a World Premiere Musical: For the Love of a Glove, Bazalaam Beats Productions
Alex Hawthorn (Music MFA 20)
Sound Design (Intimate Theatre): Frankenstein, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Sound Design (Large Theatre): Key Largo, Geffen Playhouse

School of Theater faculty Steve Rankin
Fight Direction: Key Largo, Geffen Playhouse

Other nominated plays feature CalArtian talent as well. Tim Alderson’s thrice-nominated Salvage was directed by School of Theater faculty Damian D. Lewis, and Pasadena Playhouse’s seven-time nominated production of Little Shop of Horrors features School of Theater staff Paul Turbiak (Theater MFA 08).

See the full list of nominees here.

The awards ceremony will be livestreamed mid-March, exact time and day TBD.

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