On November 10, Theatre Bay Area capped the inaugural season of the TBA Awards program with a glittering celebration hosted by American Conservatory Theater at its historic Geary Theater in downtown San Francisco.
TBA Awards recipients for outstanding original musical Shaun and Abigail Bengson
and Kate E. Ryan (Hundred Days at Z Space) and outstanding original play award
recipient Stuart Bousel (Everybody Here Says Hello, Wily West Productions).
Photo: Ray Renati Photography
From 373 finalists in 28 categories, a total of 69 award recipients were recognized by their peers for outstanding artistic achievement over the past year.
A full house of theatre makers, sponsors and patrons cheered for the finalists and awardees, enjoyed the comic routines of MCs Will Durst and Marga Gomez, and were treated to stellar performances from four participating musical productions representing the range of Bay Area theatre.
Awardees, finalists and attendees alike topped off the evening at an afterparty held at the renowned SF night spot Ruby Skye where the toasts flowed and dancing continued to the wee hours. A full list of finalists and awardees along with press coverage of the Awards Celebration can be found on the TBA website at theatrebayarea.org/?AwardsCelebration.
Slide show: the 2014 TBA Awards Celebration. Photos by Ray Renati & Steven Underhill
Since taking on producing the shows she wanted to see while in college, this month’s Featured Member and two-time Lemonade Fund benefit producer, Megan Briggs, exemplifies how a theatre artist can blow past the constraints placed on early actors to create her own play and develop works that support the field. Read all about her here.