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One Week Left—Get Your Glam On!

Posted By TBA Staff, Monday, November 3, 2014
Updated: Monday, November 3, 2014

Photo: "Audrey Hepburn Applying Lipstick

Before Academy Awards Presentation"

by fred_baby on Flickr. 

Used under Creative Commons license.


Photo: "Freddie Mercury Burlesque Tribute"

by Ginger Liu on Flickr. Used under

Creative Commons license.


The TBA Awards Celebration is just one week away! Which means we need to talk about something really important: what to wear! 

Our rallying cry for this event—since we know our members are full of both old school gorgeousness and funky creativity—is "dress to impress." With photographers lining the red carpet snapping shots as you promenade into the historic, lavish venue, you're about to make Bay Area theatre history. So do it your way! "Dress to impress" in whatever way makes you feel like you rock this planet—because you do.


Attend in a tux or floor-length gown—perfect! Get all dolled up in vintage eveningwear, complete with gloves and hat—gorgeous! Lace up your least-paint-spattered pair of Chucks—right on! Dare to wear a color other than black—shock your friends


So dig through those closets. Call up your well-heeled girlfriend to borrow that fab frock—or ask your big brother for that tux he wore at his wedding. There's still enough time to get that special piece dry-cleaned/altered/mended—or made, if you are lucky enough to be a costume designer or live with one!

Whatever you do, however you do it, dress to impress! We can't wait to see you strut your stuff next Monday.

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The TBA Awards is a program of Theatre Bay Area. The 2014 TBA Awards Celebration will be held on November 10, 2014 at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater. 

Join us at 6:00 p.m. for cocktails in the Geary's lush lobbies; the house opens at 6:30 p.m. and 7:00, the ceremony begins! Information and tickets to the celebration available here.

But the night's not over! Come to the fabulous after-party at Ruby Skye, just blocks from the Geary! After-party information and tickets available here.



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TBA Awards on "Born Ready" Podcast

Posted By TBA Staff, Friday, October 24, 2014
Updated: Friday, October 24, 2014






Two Robs are better than one—and we have proof! TBA Awards program manager Robert Sokol was a recent guest on the weekly podcast "Born Ready," the brainchild of outspoken, irreverent theatre maven Rob Ready.


Get a special look under the hood of the TBA Awards as the Robs (and co-host Raymond Hobbs) hold forth...and possibly a fifth. 


Listen to the podcast here.


Listen to an earlier Born Ready podcast with special guest Brad Erickson!


"Born Ready" was recently listed as one of seven "Top of the Pods," by American Theatre magazine—along with TBA's new podcast, "Theatre Process." Check us both out!



The TBA Awards is a program of Theatre Bay Area. The 2014 TBA Awards Celebration will be held on November 10, 2014 at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater. Information and tickets to the celebration and after-party available here.


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New - TBA Legacy Awards!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Updated: Monday, October 20, 2014

The 2014 TBA Awards Celebration just got even more fabulous! Theatre Bay Area has just announced the recipients of the brand-new TBA Legacy Awards, which honor extraordinary achievement in and contribution to the Bay Area theatre community, reflecting the recipient's entire body of work over time. These very special awards will be presented at the glamorous soiree taking place on November 10. (Ceremony info and tickets available here.) Afterward, come dance the night away at the after-party at Ruby Skye! (After-party info and tickets available here.)


The TBA Legacy Awards:

 Joan Mankin.

Joan Mankin will be the recipient of a TBA Legacy Award for lifetime achievement in acting, in recognition of her stellar work in the Bay Area. Ms. Mankin joined the San Francisco Mime Troupe fresh out of college in 1970, then went on to become the lead clown and juggler with both the Pickle Family Circus and Make-a-Circus; she's also performed at most of the major Bay Area houses, including American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, Magic Theatre, TheatreWorks, California Shakespeare Theater, Marin Theatre Company and San Jose Stage Company. A performer who has made a unique and enduring contribution to Bay Area theatre through her own work, Ms. Mankin has also been a beloved teacher; many theatre makers working today count her as one of their most treasured influences. Don't miss this opportunity to applaud Ms. Mankin as she accepts this very well-deserved award!




 Jill Matichak.

Jill Matichak may not be someone everyone recognizes on sight, but Bay Area theatre would not be the same without this behind-the-scenes hero. She will receive a TBA Legacy Award for her contributions to the Bay Area theatre community as a patron, supporter and trustee. Matichak is not only a renowned finance lawyer, but also an off-Broadway producer, a past board president of Magic Theatre, a generous subscriber to and supporter of a number of Bay Area theatres and an all-around advocate for theatre in the Bay Area. Join with us in showing appreciation for the time, resources, energy and skills she has dedicated in support of the work we make.





 BBB's "Pineapple Princess."

Finally, TBA is proud to present Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon with a TBA Legacy Award for achievement and contribution to the community as a producing theatre, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. Since its beginning in 1974—a tenure that may well make it the longest-running musical revue in theatre history—BBB has been a "must-see" San Francisco institution, dazzling nearly six million people from the Bay Area and beyond. BBB also contributes to the arts through its scholarship program, which gives promising Bay Area performing arts students a financial prize toward their college educations. Come raise a glass to a quintessential Bay Area theatrical phenomenon!





The TBA Awards is a program of Theatre Bay Area. The 2014 TBA Awards Celebration will be held on November 10, 2014 at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater in san Francisco. Information and tickets to the celebration and after-party available here.



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Adjudicating the TBA Awards

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Updated: Monday, October 13, 2014

Over 200 theatre professionals participated in this season's awards as adjudicators. But what does that actually involve? Here's a little FAQ for y-o-u!


Q: Who can be an adjudicator?

A: Any current individual member of Theatre Bay Area may apply to be an adjudicator in the TBA Awards program. A panel of Theatre Bay Area staff and/or program steering committee members regularly reviews all applications. Acceptance is not guaranteed. Decisions are based on the application content and the specific needs of the program such as geographic coverage.

Each registered company submitting productions for evaluation must fill a seat in the adjudicator pool. These adjudicators are also reviewed by the panel, but are not required to be individual members of Theatre Bay Area. Journalists recruited to participate in the awards program are also not required to be individual members.

Overall, the TBA Awards are a peer-adjudicated system. Actors, directors, designers, playwrights, composers, lyricists, administrators, journalists, educators and other theatre professionals are the primary adjudicator profile. Other individuals with a demonstrated history of engaging the theatre community as patrons, board members, philanthropists and advocates may also be considered as long as they can meet the minimum expectations.


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Q: What does being an adjudicator involve?

A: Independent adjudicator applicants commit to seeing an aggregate average of two performances per month for the term of their participation in the program, for a total of 24 performances for a full year.  Adjudicators choose their first performance from a list of available complimentary tickets provided by the production. Adjudicators are then assigned to their next production based on their selecting a performance date and time during which they are available to attend a production. The adjudicator can then choose their third production, be assigned to their fourth, and so on. There is no maximum number of productions an adjudicator can attend as long as they alternate between chosen and assigned productions.

Adjudicators also commit to recording their evaluation ballots via the program website within 48 hours of attending a production on a ticket received through the awards program. Adjudicators commit to following the written Adjudicator Conduct Agreement regarding professional behavior, ethics, confidentiality and other aspects of the program that must be completed by all adjudicators prior to entering the awards program. Adjudicators commit to following all awards program-related instructions given by the program manager.




"Happy customers" by Flickr user uncoolbob. Used under Creative Commons license.

Q: How does the evaluation system work?

A: Within 48 hours of attending a production, adjudicators log in at the awards program website with their username and password, select the ballot for that production on their profile page and record numeric evaluations (from 0.01 to 10.0) on line on the ballot. You are required to evaluate all ballot lines except those that would create a conflict of interests or where the listed artist was absent from the performance attended. These instances should be rare, and a menu is provided for approved reasons for abstention. Once recorded, ballots cannot be changed.

So that's the scoop on adjudication! Any individual member of TBA can apply; adjudicators get comp tickets to watch shows—then they go home, log in, and sing the praises of great work they've seen!


Interested in adjudicating for the 2014/2015 season?

View the full FAQ and 2014/2015 season application materials here.

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TBA Awards Celebration Tickets On Sale Now

Posted By TBA Staff, Friday, September 26, 2014
Updated: Friday, September 26, 2014


That's right! All tickets to the inaugural TBA Awards Celebration on November 10 at the historic Geary Theater are now on sale!

The TBA Awards Celebration is this year's not-to-be-missed theatre event, an evening for the Bay Area theatre community to come together to recognize outstanding achievement in many professional disciplines in the field. The venue for this glamorous, glittering event is none other than the historic Geary Theater, crown jewel of American Conservatory Theater. So dress to impress, and join us as we honor the performances and productions that have moved us, challenged us, taught us and changed us.

Event schedule

6:00 p.m.: Geary Theater lobbies and bar open 

6:30 p.m.: House opens

7:00 p.m.: Awards ceremony begins

Ticket Information

Single tickets to the TBA Awards Celebration are now on sale

2014 TBA Awards finalists get special discounts on tickets. Details here.

Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets. Details here.

After-party at Ruby Skye? Yes! Make sure to get your tickets for the sizzling post-soiree soiree! Buy your tickets here.

Single ticket prices:

$35 - All Balcony Seats

$35 - Side Mezzanine Seats

$60 - Center Mezzanine Seats

$75 - Side Orchestra

$95 - Orchestra

$125 - Premium Orchestra

All ticket orders are subject to a $4.00 processing fee per ticket.


You may also order tickets from the A.C.T. Box Office by phone, or by visiting the box office in person:


Phone: (415) 749-2228

Phone hours are: Mon (10 a.m.-6 p.m.), Tue-Sun (10:00 a.m.-curtain)


Address: 405 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 

Walk-up hours are Mon (12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.), Tue-Sun (12:00 p.m.-curtain)

After-Party at Ruby Skye

Following the awards ceremony, there will be a no-host dance and cocktail after-party at Ruby Skye, just around the corner from the Geary Theater. The party gets going at 10:00 p.m.—come dance the night away! 

Tickets for the Ruby Skye after-party are $10 per person, and can be purchased from Theatre Bay Area. Click here to purchase tickets to the after-party.

Note: The capacity of Ruby Skye is smaller than that of the Geary Theater, so advance ticket purchase is required.



Group Discounts

Discounted seating is available in blocks of 10 or more for all regular seats priced $60 and above. Groups purchasing blocks will receive a $10 discount per ticket.

Group tickets may be ordered using this order form

Detailed group ticket ordering instructions and restrictions here


Go to TBA Awards Celebration page

Go to Main TBA Awards page


Questions? Please contact Robert Sokol at awards@theatrebayarea.org

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TBA Awards Finalists Announced!

Posted By TBA Staff, Thursday, September 18, 2014
Updated: Thursday, September 18, 2014


The Bay Area is home to magnificent art, and Theatre Bay Area is thrilled to recognize the outstanding achievements of the artists and companies whose work has moved us, challenged us, taught us and changed us.

So, it is with great excitement that Theatre Bay Area announces the fabulous finalists for the 2014 TBA Awards. This list represents not only the superlative efforts of the companies and people named below, but the dedication of the 200+ professional peer adjudicators whose diligent work has made this program possible. And now we get to share the news with you!



View the full list of TBA Awards finalists here



View the TBA Awards Finalist video announcements here


All of these fantastic finalists are (or are connected to) productions that ran between January 1 and August 31 of this year. If the list looks long, consider how many artists and productions were eligible: over the course of eight months, the 200 adjudicators cast 2,924 ballots, with a total of 37,388 individual ballot lines (the different categories for a single production which one might evaluate) on 183 submitted productions by 78 participating Bay Area companies. That's pretty amazing!


Congratulations to all! Thank you for a tremendous, vibrant season of theatre. We're looking forward to many more to come.



Next, come to our glamorous TBA Awards Celebration to see who takes home the awards! The TBA Awards Celebration will be held on Monday, November 10, at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater in San Francisco.


Want to participate in the 2014-2015 TBA Awards season?
Sign your company up, or apply to adjudicate!





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View the TBA Awards Finalist Announcement Videos!

Posted By TBA Staff, Thursday, September 18, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, September 17, 2014



Drumroll, please!


We're pleased as punch to announce the first-ever round of fabulous TBA Awards Finalists. And we're going digital, like the crazy kids we are, to share the exciting news with you!


Come to the glamorous inaugural TBA Awards Celebration on November 10 at American Conservatory Theater to see which friends and colleagues will take home TBA Awards of their very own!


1. Outstanding Overall Production



2. Outstanding New Play, Guest, Solo and Anthology Productions




3. Outstanding Costume and Scenic Design



4. Outstanding Lighting and Sound Design



5. Outstanding Direction



6. Outstanding Ensemble


7. Outstanding Performance - Male Actor, Featured Role



8. Outstanding Performance - Female Actor, Featured Role



9. Outstanding Play Score, Video Design, and Achievement in Creative Specialties



10. Outstanding New Musical, Choreography, Music Direction



11. Outstanding Performance - Male Actor, Principal Role


12. Outstanding Performance - Female Actor, Principal Role



Congratulations to all the 2014 TBA Awards Finalists! Now come cheer them on at the TBA Awards Celebration on November 10 at A.C.T.'s historic Geary Theater!

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TBA Awards Finalists to be Announced on September 18

Posted By TBA Staff, Friday, September 12, 2014



The moment we've all been waiting for is nigh—the announcement of the TBA Awards finalists! Starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 18, Theatre Bay Area will roll out a series of brief YouTube videos announcing the first-ever group of finalists for the TBA Awards!

A new video will go public every half hour, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In each video, a TBA staffer will announce the finalists in one or more awards categories. (See list of awards categories here). Then, at 4 p.m., the entire list of finalists will be posted on the main TBA Awards page!

Tune in on Thursday, September 18, to see who you'll be cheering on at the Awards Celebration November 10! Tickets go on sale to the public on September 26.

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TBA Awards Celebration: Save the Date!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, September 2, 2014


The TBA Awards Celebration: Monday, November 10, 2014

The Bay Area is home to hundreds of theatre companies producing thousands of performances. From puppets to Pippin and ensemble work to Endgame, our region boasts one of the most vital, committed and diverse theatre scenes in the nation.

This year, for the first time, excellence in Bay Area theatre will be recognized and celebrated by a professional, region-wide, peer-adjudicated theatre awards program: The TBA Awards.

This inaugural TBA Awards season culminates in the fabulous TBA Awards Celebration, held at American Conservatory Theater's historic Geary Theater. Winners will be presented with awards in over 60 categories, cheered on by their colleagues, supporters and creative community.

Tickets to the TBA Awards Celebration will go on sale to the public on September 26. Group discounts will be available as well, making it easy for companies and friends to attend and applaud the winners!

Save the Date:

TBA Awards Celebration
Monday, November 10, 2014
A.C.T.'s Geary Theater, 415 Geary Street, San Francis

About the TBA Awards
TBA Awards Celebration Main Page

Questions? Email awards@theatrebayarea.org

Hope to see you there!

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