Ovation Awards

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Ovation Awards
Awarded for Excellence in theatre
Country United States
First awarded 1989
Website ovationawards.com

The Ovation Awards are a Southern California award for excellence in theatre,[1] established in 1989. 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. They have been called the "...highest-profile contest for local theatre..." by The Los Angeles Times.[citation needed]


I. Production criteria
  1. LA STAGE Alliance Membership
  2. Produced solely or as co-production for Los Angeles (not a touring production)
  3. Minimum of 12 performances in a 99-seat venue; minimum of 6 performances in a 100-seat or larger venue
  4. Not on "strike list"
II. ONE of following options
  1. 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.
  2. Performers paid at least $25 per performance, designers paid at least $500, and director paid at least $1,000.
  3. 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
  • 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]


External links[edit]