TBA Awards Celebration 2019
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2019 TBA Award Recipients

2019 TBA Award Finalists

2019 TBA Award Celebration Hosts

2019 TBA Legacy Award Recipients

2019 TBA Award Presenters

Celebration & Ticket information

This year, we celebrate our community's generosity: We rise by lifting others.


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MARGO HALL (she/her) is an award winning actor, director, activist and educator. She has graced Bay Area stages for over 20 years as a performer and director. She recently appeared in the hit film BLINDSPOTTING with our own Oakland native Daveed Diggs. She was last seen onstage in Good Person of Szechwan, at the CaliforniaShakespeare Theater. She recently directed BARBECUE (which she also starred in) and Red Velvet for SF Playhouse and Brownsville, b-side for tray for Shotgun Players. Other acting credits include: Marin Theater Company, California Shakespeare Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theater, Shotgun Players, and Word for Word. Her writing credits include The People’s Temple at Berkeley Repertory Theater, which won the Glickman award for best new play in the Bay Area for 2005, and, Be Bop Baby, a Musical Memoir, a semi-autobiographical piece at Z Space, featuring the Marcus Shelby 15 piece Orchestra. She is a founding member of Campo Santo, a long standing multicultural San Francisco based theater company  and has directed, performed and collaborated on several new plays with artists such as Naomi Iizuka, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Nambi Kelly, Sean San Jose, Octavio Solis and Jessica Hagedorn. She is also a professor at UC Berkeley and Chabot College in the Theater Department. 


Singer, dancer, actor, choreographer, and inspiring teaching artist DAVE J. ABRAMS (he/him) is ecstatic about hosting this year’s Theatre Bay Area Awards Celebration. Dave is one of the Bay Area’s favorite performers and has started receiving more and more buzz within these last two years. Many may recognize him from his portrayal of “Benny” in Contra Costa Civic Theater’s production of In The Heights. This would mark his first TBA Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical back in 2017. Dave, his Heights cast, and his back-flips then blew the audience out of their seats after performing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “96,000” at the awards.  Dave then went on to play “Hud” in Landmark Musicals’ production of “Hair” which granted Jennifer Ho a TBA Award for Best Choreography. The Bay Area native and Cal grad has been nominated for awards given by BroadwayWorld, The Shellie's, and San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. This will be Dave’s first time hosting an awards show and with his likeable personality and charm, it most likely won’t be his last. He took home another TBA award for his performance in Berkeley Playhouse’s production of Ragtime. His rendition of “Make Them Hear You” at last year's award celebration was one that was collectively enjoyed and cherished by many. If you want to see more of Dave and his upcoming projects in the theater or on camera, attend this year’s TBA Awards show, follow him on social media (FB: Dave J Abrams; IG: @davejabrams), snag tickets to see Center Repertory Theater’s production of  In The Heights where he will reprise his role of “Benny”, and if in New York City on October 26th, he will be showcasing a new musical called Sueños at the Green Room 42 written by Bay Area composer Jesse Sanchez. Dave loves this theater community and on Nov 4th, they will love him too!



Teatro Visión is a Chicanx/Latinx theater company that has served the Latinx and diverse communities of the Bay Area since 1984. Teatro Visión’s mission is to create theater rooted in Chicanx and Latinx experiences to inspire the people of Santa Clara Valley and beyond to feel, think, and act to create a better world. Over the last 35 years, Teatro Visión has commissioned, developed, and/or produced 65 plays, including numerous world premieres. Today, Teatro Visión’s work focuses on creating new work that reflects the real stories of the Bay Area’s diverse Latinx community and on inviting community members to be active creative collaborators. Teatro Visón’s current new work project is Raices: el libro de los caminos (Roots: the book of journeys), a new work themed around migration being created in partnership with the México City based street theater ensemble La Quinta Teatro. Learn more about Teatro Visión at www.teatrovision.org.


Robert Kelley (he/him) is the Artistic Director of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, recipient of the 2019 Tony Award for Regional Theatre. A Bay Area native and Stanford University graduate, he founded TheatreWorks in 1970 and has directed over 175 of its productions, including many world and regional premieres. He has received the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award and Jerry Friedman Award for Lifetime Achievement; the Silicon Valley Arts Council’s Legacy Laureate Award; a Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for Daddy Long Legs; and BATCC awards for Outstanding Direction for The Hound of the BaskervillesInto the WoodsPacific OverturesRagsSweeney ToddAnother Midsummer NightSunday in the Park with GeorgeJane Eyre; and Caroline, or Change. He recently directed Marie and RosettaTuck EverlastingFun Home, and The Bridges of Madison County, and is in rehearsal for the world premiere musical Pride and Prejudice.


Kevin Seaman (he/him, they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural worker and drag queen with 15 years experience working with Bay Area and national arts communities. Kevin received the 2017 Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Award, was an inaugural Association for Performing Arts Professionals’ Leadership Fellow, and helped increase arts funding in San Francisco as community organizer for the Nov 2018 Yes on Proposition E campaign. Kevin’s creative work exploring queer identity and drag culture at the intersection of gender and sexuality has been presented at The Stud, CounterPulse, YBCA, Frameline, the Tank NYC, the Austin International Drag Festival, SATTELITE ART SHOW Miami, the National Queer Arts Festival, Stockholm’s Stolt Scenkonst, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Yale School of the Arts. Additionally, Kevin has led sessions focused on queer arts and community for APAP|NYC, Grantmakers in the Arts, Americans for the Arts, and National Performance Network’s annual conference.







She Persisted, Bay Area Children's Theatre

I, Too, Sing America, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (BATCO)

Once, 42nd Street Moon


Violet, Bay Area Musicals



Alejandra Maria Rivas

Angel Adedokun

Emon Elboudwarej

J Adan Ruiz



Design and Creative Specialties: Claudia Alick and Jon Tracy



Choreography and Direction: Pam MacKinnon and Erika Chong Shuch



Performance (Ensemble and Individual): Rinabeth Apostol and Taylor Bartolucci



Premieres and Productions: Evren Odcikin and Sarah Williams

To make this year’s TBA Awards Celebration a true community experience, we are introducing radically inclusive pricing.

ASL interpretation is available for this event for our hearing impaired guests. We ask that you allow at least two weeks advance notice to secure interpreters. To request an event be interpreted, please contact TBA by email at tba@theatrebayarea.org.

Every seat at the TBA Awards 2019 Celebration will have ONE base price.

If you want to help TBA offer more WERISE tickets and can afford the full price ticket to the TBA Awards Celebration, please use the price level LIFT OTHERS 2X. 

If you can afford the full price ticket to the TBA Awards Celebration, please use code LIFTOTHERS to get $15 off.

If you cannot afford the full price ticket to the TBA Awards Celebration, use code WERISE to get $30 off.

As we get closer to the event, the base ticket price will incrementally increase, so, the earlier you buy, the better price you get.

Calendar of Price Increases:
September 30-October 20: $60 (LIFT OTHERS 2X); $45 (LIFTOTHERS); $30 (WERISE)
October 21-November 4: $65 (LIFT OTHERS 2X); $50 (LIFTOTHERS); $35 (WERISE)
Day of Show Venue Prices: $65