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A Big TBA Thank You!

Posted By TBA Staff, Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2014




As we enjoy the memories of our wonderful night, TBA would like to thank the generous sponsors and donors whose support of the TBA Awards means so very much to us and to the theatre community. 



 American Conservatory Theater
 Fleishhacker Foundation
 Kenneth Rainin Foundation
 Celebrity Cruises
 Actors' Equity Association
 The Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Philanthropic Fund
 Wells Fargo
 Flying Moose Pictures
 International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees
 Stage Directors and Choreographers Society



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Congratulations to the 2014 TBA Awards Recipients!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, November 11, 2014





Last night proved that Bay Area theatre really knows how to put on a show! From beginning to end, it was truly a sparkling celebration: the dazzling performers, the talented award recipients, the stunning venue, the fabulous clothes—even the delicious pomegranate champagne cocktails (did you have one? Wow!). 


TBA executive director Brad Erickson and Z Space artistic

director Lisa Steindler at the TBA Awards Celebration.

TBA would like to heartily thank the recipients of the TBA Legacy Awards for their inspiring commitment to Bay Area theatre: Joan Mankin, Jill Matichak, and Beach Blanket Babylon.

We would also like to congratulate all of the finalists whose work was recognized as outstanding by hundreds of their colleagues, and the recipients of the TBA Awards, to whom we wish continued artistic success.








Click here for a complete list of 2014 TBA Award recipients!



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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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