By Dale Albright
There is hardly a more exciting time in the TBA offices than as we are gearing up for our now-annual TBA Awards Celebration: tallying and verifying the results, recording the videos announcing the finalists (watched by over 8,000 people so far!), having great social media conversations with excited finalists and, of course, getting our ducks in a row for a fantastic event.
| TBA program director Dale Albright.
But what I really love about the TBA Awards is that it is a year-round program recognizing excellence in the field and raising the profile of theatre in the Bay Area. There’s stuff to get excited about every week (heck, practically every night). Hundreds of adjudicators are seeing productions like clockwork and, in many cases, it’s at companies that they may not have attended otherwise. By virtue of this process, Bay Area artists are seeing the work of their peers in new and exciting ways…truly changing the conversation. And of course, every week TBA puts out a list of TBA Awards Recommended productions (those that have met an established threshold of adjudicating) so that we can spread the accolades of the peer adjudicator pool far and wide—and so companies can add the buzz to their marketing material while the show is still playing!
All of this is to say, we are looking forward immensely to November 16. What a great night to see old (and new) friends and celebrate the year that was in Bay Area theatre. Hope to see you there!
Dale Albright is program director for Theatre Bay Area, and a Bay Area actor and director.