We are excited to present the 31st Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards.
This year will look a little different from past Ovations to ensure the safety and health of our LA Theatre Community. In line with CDC guidelines and government orders, we will be presenting, for the first time ever, the Ovation Awards through stream!
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Celebration Theatre Artistic Director Michael A. Shepperd ha s been set to host the 31st Annual LA STAGE Alliance the Ovation Awards Ceremony.
Michael A. Shepperd has been Artistic Director or Co-Artistic Director of Celebration Theatre since 2007. It is t he oldest continuously producing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, inter-sexed, two-spirited, asexual, cis-gendered, gender non-binary, gender non-conforming theatre in the country. The theatre ’s production history include s The Boy from Oz (six Ovation Awards including Best Director for Shepperd and LADCC Award for Best Director); BootyCandy (Ovation and Stage Raw Awards, Best Supporting Actor); The Color Purple (six Ovation Awards including Best Musical);The Producers (Ovation Award nomination, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical); Four; The Women of Brewster Place (Ovation Awards, Best Production and Ensemble); Take Me Out, Coffee Will Make You Black, [title of show], and many others. Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional acting credits include Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby; Little Shop of Horrors; Caroline, or Change; Five Guys Named Moe; Fences (Ovation Award nomination, Lead Actor in a Play); Choir Boy; Smokey Joe’s Café; and The Whipping Man. Television credits include Bosch, Why Women Kill, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hot in Cleveland, Wizards of Waverly Place, Monk, Criminal Minds, and NCIS.
During the 2019–2020 voting season, 137 productions were registered for awards consideration by 36 producing organizations, and 174 individual artists were evaluated. This year’s 303 voters cast a total of over 1,400 ballots. there were 40 Ovation recommended shows in the greater Los Angeles area.
The eligibility period ran from September 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.
Congratulations to all the nominees!