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Sandra Mae Frank, Treshelle Edmond, Natcha Roi (seated), Katie Boeck (on guitar), Lauren Patten, Amelia Hensley (obscured). Alexandra Winter and Ali Stroker in "Spring Awakening" at Deaf West Theatre. (Photo by Tate Tuller)

L.A.’s Pre-Broadway Run of ‘Spring Awakening’ Leads 2015 Ovation Awards

Deaf West Theatre and Center Theatre Group were the biggest winners at LA Stage Alliance’s annual awards ceremony.

LOS ANGELES: LA STAGE Alliance held its annual Ovation Awards on Monday, Nov. 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre. The biggest production winner of the night was Spring Awakening from Deaf West Theatre, which received six awards. Center Theatre Group was the most recognized theatre company, winning seven awards for various productions (Chavez RavineThe Price, and Luna Gale). A total of 35 awards were given to 18 theatre companies.

In addition to the competitive award, CTG also presented the 2015 Sherwood Award for innovative and adventurous artists to multimedia innovator Miwa Matreyek, who will receive $10,000.

Miwa Matreyek. (Photo by Gwenaëlle Gobé)
Miwa Matreyek. (Photo by Gwenaëlle Gobé)

“What a night!” exclaimed LA STAGE Alliance Board Chair Brian Kite in a statement. “It is always a thrill to gather the Los Angeles theatre community together to honor excellence. The work on our stages this year was invigorating, riveting, thought-provoking, and daring. Congratulations to all the artists that keep LA theatre among the best in the world. Bravo!”

The complete list of winners is below:

Best Season
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Best Production of a Play (Intimate Theatre)
Trevor, Circle X Theatre Company

Best Production of a Play (Large Theatre)
Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival, Center Theatre Group

Best Production of a Musical (Intimate Theatre)
Spring Awakening, Deaf West Theatre

Best Production of a Musical (Large Theatre)
Spring Awakening, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Deaf West Theatre, and Cody Lassen

Best Presented Production
Luna Gale, Center Theatre Group

Acting Ensemble of a Play
The Temptation Of St. Antony, Four Larks

Acting Ensemble of a Musical
Spring Awakening

Spencer Liff, Spring Awakening

Music Direction
Abdul Hamid Royal, The Gospel at Colonus, Ebony Repertory Theatre

Book of an Original Musical
Carolyn Almos, Matt Almos, Jon Beauregard and Albert Dayan, The Behavior of Broadus, Sacred Fools Theater Company, Burglars of Hamm, and Center Theatre Group

Lyrics/Composition of an Original Musical
Brendan Milburn, Matt Almos and Burglars of Hamm, The Behavior of Broadus

Playwriting for an Original Play
Nick Jones, Trevor, Circle X Theatre Company

Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening

Direction of a Play
Michael Matthews, Failure: A Love Story, Coeurage Theatre Company

Lead Actor in a Musical
Todd Adamson, Memphis, Cabrillo Music Theatre

Lead Actress in a Musical
Christanna Rowader, Ragtime, 3-D Theatricals

Lead Actor in a Play
Jimmi Simpson, Trevor

Lead Actress in a Play
Laurie Metcalf, Trevor

Featured Actor in a Musical
Samuel Butler, The Gospel at Colonus

Featured Actress in a Musical
Nicoe Potts, The Gospel at Colonus

Featured Actor in a Play
Alan Mandell, The Price, Center Theatre Group

Featured Actress in a Play
Rebecca Mozo, Cock, Rogue Machine

Lighting Design (Intimate Theatre)
Jared Sayeg, Picnic, the Antaeus Company

Lighting Design (Large Theatre)
Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening

Scenic Design (Intimate Theatre)
Darcy Scanlin, Completeness, VS. Theatre Company and Firefly: Theater & Films

Scenic Design (Large Theatre)
Tom Buderwitz, The Whipping Man, Pasadena Playhouse

Sound Design (Intimate Theatre)
John Zalewski, The Day Shall Declare It, Los Angeles Performance Practice

Sound Design (Large Theatre)
Drew Dalzell and Noelle Hoffman, Wicked Lit 2014, Unbound Productions

Costume Design (Intimate Theatre)
Vicki Conrad, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Actors Co-op

Costume Design (Large Theatre)
Christopher Acebo, Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival

Video/Projection Design
Jason Thompson, Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival

Composition for a Play
Mat Sweeney and Ellen Warkentine, The Temptation of St. Antony

Fight Choreography
Mike Mahaffey, She Kills Monsters, Loft Ensemble

Puppet Design
Ted Blegen, She Kills Monsters

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