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TBA Awards Celebration 2019
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This year, we celebrate our community's generosity: We rise by lifting others.
To make this year’s TBA Awards Celebration a true community experience, we are introducing radically inclusive pricing.

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

If you can afford the full price ticket to the TBA Awards Celebration, please LIFT OTHERS by doing so.

If you cannot afford the full price ticket to the TBA Awards Celebration, use the code WERISE to get $15 OFF the full ticket price.
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 Base Price Increases:
September 11-September 29: $40
September 30-October 20: $45
October 21-November 4: $50
Day of Show Venue Prices: $50


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Company Finalist Instructions   |   Individual Finalist Instructions


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World Premieres and Overall Production


Margo Hall

MARGO HALL 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 California Shakespeare 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- JAZZ, Skeleton Crew, Gem of the Ocean, Fences and Seven Guitars. California Shakespeare Theater- Black Odyssey, Fences, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s DreamA Raisin in the Sun, A Winter’s Tale, American Night: the Ballad of Juan Jose and SPUNK. American Conservatory Theater- Ah, Wilderness!, Once in a Lifetime and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. Aurora Theater- Exit Strategy and Trouble in Mind.  Shotgun Players- A World in a Woman’s Hands, and Word for Word-All Aunt Hagar’s Children and  The Blues I’m Playing. 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.

Dave J. Abrams

Singer, dancer, actor, choreographer, and inspiring teaching artist DAVE J. ABRAMS 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 worked in many reputable theater companies and 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. Dave knows how to have a good time and keep an audience wanting more. He proved this when he took home another TBA award and sang the crowd to tears at last year’s TBA Awards Celebration. Berkeley Playhouse’s production of Ragtime was an overwhelmingly well received show in which he starred in.  His rendition of “Make Them Hear You” 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! 


 For 2019 TBA Awards Celebration sponsorship opportunities, contact TBA Development Director Mary Ann Grossman at or (415) 430-1140 ext. *21.

Check out photos from last year's celebration!


 Visit the TBA Awards 2018 Celebration archive!