Ovation Awards

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Ovation Awards
Awarded forExcellence in Southern California theatre
CountryUnited States
First awarded1989

The Ovation Awards are a Southern California award for excellence in theatre,[1] established in 1989.[2] They are given out by the non-profit arts service organization LA STAGE Alliance and are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles. Winners are selected by a voting committee of Los Angeles area theater professionals who are selected through an application process every year.[3] The Ovation Awards ceremony has been held at different theatres throughout the Los Angeles area, including the Ahmanson Theatre and the Orpheum Theatre[4]. Hosts for the ceremonies have included Nathan Lane[5], Lily Tomlin[6], and Neil Patrick Harris[7].


  • The producer(s) must be a qualifying member of LA STAGE Alliance.
  • In addition, eligible productions must meet the minimum number of performances, currently ten for intimate theatres and six for larger theatres.
  • Productions in venues with more than 100 seats which include no members of any theatrical union, and those produced by companies that are currently involved in a union labor strike are ineligible.



  • 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
  • Choreography
  • 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

Lists of winners[edit]


  1. ^ Ng, David (November 2, 2014). "Ovation Awards go to Fountain Theatre, 'The Country House'". The Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Willis, John; Hodges, Ben (2007). Theatre World: Volume 61. New York, NY: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 309. ISBN 978-1-55783-685-4. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  3. ^ Morino, Stephanie (23 November 2016). "Time Out Los Angeles". Time Out America, LLC. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  4. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (29 September 2002). "Playbill". Playbill, Inc. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ Sheh, Stephanie (19 November 1998). "Daily Bruin". Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  6. ^ Murray, Matthew (10 November 2003). "Theatre Mania". Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  7. ^ Fung, Lisa (11 January 2009). "Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 29 March 2018.

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