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The Ovation Awards are a Southern California award for excellence in theatre, established in 1989. They are given out by the Los Angeles Stage Alliance and are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles. They have been called the "...highest-profile contest for local theatre..." by the Los Angeles Times.
- I. Production criteria
- LA Stage Alliance Membership
- Produced solely or as co-production for Los Angeles (not a touring production)
- Minimum of 12 performances in a 99-seat venue; minimum of 6 performances in a 100-seat or larger venue
- Not on "strike list"
- II. ONE of following options
- 50% performers are AEA; or one AEA member and SDC director, or Dramatists Guild playwright. For world premieres, minimum of two AEA performers and an AEA stage manager.
- Performers paid at least $25 per performance, designers paid at least $500, and director paid at least $1,000.
- Producing entity must have been in Los Angeles at least three years, and must have produced at least three full productions (12 performances) during last three years (one per year).
- Musical – Large Theatre
- Musical – Intimate Theatre (Franklin R. Levy Award)
- Play – Large Theatre
- Play – Intimate Theatre
- Touring Production
- Lead Actress in a Musical
- Lead Actor in a Musical
- Featured Actress in a Musical
- Featured Actor in a Musical
- Lead Actress in a Play
- Lead Actor in a Play
- Featured Actress in a Play
- Featured Actor in a Play
- Ensemble Performance
- Solo Performance (Ray Stricklyn Memorial Award)
- Direction of a Musical
- Direction of a Play
- Music Direction
- Set Design – Large Theatre
- Set Design – Intimate Theatre
- Lighting Design – Large Theatre
- Lighting Design – Intimate Theatre
- Sound Design – Large Theatre
- Sound Design – Intimate Theatre
- Costume Design – Large Theatre
- Costume Design – Intimate Theatre
- Playwriting of an Original Play
- Books/Lyrics/Music for an Original Musical