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Program Director Note: TBA's 2016 Titan Award Recipients

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

By Dale Albright

 TBA program director Dale Albright.

I’m always thrilled when we can directly support individual artists. A grant to a person, no matter what the amount, has immediate impact—and can propel someone to a completely different place in their life and career.

Theatre Bay Area’s Titan Award goes to an artist that has completed our ATLAS program (Advanced Training Leading Artists to Success). The award consists of a $1000 grant and a yearlong mentorship with a local professional.

This year, we’re delighted to give the Titan Award to two Bay Area actors whose work shows exemplary promise:
Carina Lastimosa Salazar and Melissa Quine. Congratulations to the winners!

In addition to the two recipients of this year’s Titan Award, three finalists will receive a mentorship. Visit our ATLAS page for more information about the program. Specific upcoming round information will be posted there and in the TBA Insider.

Here is some information about this year’s Titans, the award finalists and the panel that made this year’s decisions:

Titan Award Recipients 2016

Carina Lastimosa Salazar (Oakland)
Currently appearing in A Dream Play with Cutting Ball, Carina also has recently appeared in productions at Magic Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Custom Made Theatre Co. and others. Carina is a nonunion actor who has trained with Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s School of Theatre, Studio A.C.T. and A.C.T. Summer Training Congress, among others.

Titan Award for: Training costs, marketing materials
Mentor: Rami Margron

Melissa Quine
(San Francisco)

Melissa is an Equity actor who has appeared in productions at Aurora Theatre Company, California Conservatory Theatre, City Lights Theater Company, San Francisco Playhouse and Pear Theatre, among others. Melissa has a BA from the University of Vermont and was a recipient of a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award as a member of the ensemble of Trouble in Mind at Aurora.

Titan Award for: Training costs, marketing materials
Mentor: Nancy Carlin

Titan Finalists 2016

Gemma Bulos (Mentor: Lily Tung Crystal)
Elena Ruggiero (Mentor: Tory Kelly)
Sheila Townsend (Mentor: Diana Torres Koss)

Titan Award Panel 2016

Rosie Hallett was a 2013-2014 Titan Award recipient for acting. She has performed locally with TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, Shotgun Players, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Center Repertory Company and others, and is an associate artist at Word for Word Performing Arts Company, with which she has toured three times to France. Her upcoming shows include The Winter’s Tale with SF Shakes and Native Son at Marin Theatre Company. Hallett is a graduate of Stanford University, a company member of PlayGround and an active contributor to new works development at various theatres and institutions. For more information, visit

Leslie Martinson is the associate artistic director at TheatreWorks, where she is a director, casting director and administrator. Her upcoming projects include Calligraphy and a workshop of The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga; other directing credits include Proof, Water by the Spoonful, Time Stands Still, The Pitmen Painters and Superior Donuts. A graduate of Occidental College, Martinson has been a Watson Fellow in political fringe theatre, a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a member of the La MaMa International Symposium for Directors. She has also served on Theatre Bay Area’s Theatre Services Committee since 2002, helping to develop the ATLAS career training program for actors, directors and playwrights.  She was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship in stage direction by the Arts Council of Silicon Valley for artistic achievement and community impact, and is a performance coach with Stand & Deliver Group.

Reggie D. White has appeared across the Bay Area and off Broadway in Shakespeare, musicals and new works. He will be seen next in the world premiere of The Last Tiger in Haiti at Berkeley Repertory Theatre this fall. In addition to his work as an actor, White has worked as a teaching artist for the past five years with Berkeley Rep, Atlantic Theater Company, StageWrite and many others. He is currently a TCG Fox Fellow, as well as a recipient of the Theatre Bay Area Titan Award (2012) and the RHE Foundation Artistic Fellowship (2013).


Dale Albright is program director for Theatre Bay Area, as well as an actor and freelance director. 

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