In addition to the 60+ performance and production award categories for excellence in Bay Area Theatre, the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle also presents four Special Awards recognizing long time contributors to the Bay area theatre scene and exciting new talents and organizations. The SFBATCC is proud to announce the following recipients, who will be presented their awards at the 41st Annual Excellence in Theatre Awards Gala to be held at San Francisco's Victoria Theatre on Monday, March 27, 2017.


The Jerry Friedman Lifetime Achievement Award is named for the KGO Radio theatre critic who served as SFBATCC president for 22 years. This award is given to an individual who has furthered the creativity and growth of theater in the Bay Area throughout his/her career.

This year we honor Robert Kelley.

Robert Kelley (Artistic Director, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley) is a Bay Area native and Stanford University graduate. He founded TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in 1970 and has directed 175 TheatreWorks productions, including many world and regional premieres. His productions have received numerous SFBATCC Awards of Excellence including Outstanding Direction for The Hound of the Baskervilles, Into the Woods, Pacific Overtures, Rags, Sweeney Todd, Another Midsummer Night, Sunday in the Park with George, Jane Eyre, and Caroline, or Change. He recently directed Daddy Long LegsOutside MullingarCyrano, and Jane Austen’s EMMA. 


The Paine Knickerbocker Continuing Contribution Award is named for the former theatre critic of The San Francisco Chronicle and is presented to an organization that has made a continuing contribution to Bay Area theatre.

This year we honor Ray of Light Theatre.

Founded in 2001 by Shane Ray, Ray of Light Theatre's mission is to entertain, educate and enrich our community with productions of contemporary musicals and fresh takes on classical musical theatre. They provide diverse audiences with an opportunity to see live theatre by presenting affordable, high-quality productions that reflect the rich culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. Show highlights include Heathers: The Musical, LIZZIE, CARRIE the Musical (West Coast premiere, 2013), Into the Woods (2013), Sweeney Todd (2012), Assassins (2011), Jerry Springer the Opera (West Coast premiere, 2010), The Rocky Horror Show (2015, 2008) and Bat Boy (2005, 2006).


The Gene Price Professionalism Award is named for the former arts editor and long-time theatre critic of the San Francisco Bay Times and honors a person who embodies superlative professionalism and passion for Bay Area theatre.

This year we honor Jasson Minadakis.

Jasson Minadakis is in his eleventh season as artistic director of the Marin Theatre Company, where he has directed August: Osage CountyThe Invisible HandAnne BoleynThe Convert,The WhaleFailure: A Love Story, the world premiere of Lasso of TruthThe Whipping Man (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Awards for best production and best acting ensemble), Waiting for GodotOthello, the Moor of VeniceThe Glass Menagerie, Edward Albee's Tiny Alice, the world premiere of SeagullHappy NowEquivocation, (SFBATCC Award for best director), the world premiere of SunlightLydiaThe SeafarerFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de LuneA Streetcar Named Desiresaid SaïdLove Song and The Subject Tonight is Love.


The Annette Lust Emerging Talent Award is named for the late Dominican University professor and longtime Critics Circle member and is given to a promising new theatrical talent or an organization that has demonstrated early in its existence the potential to have a significant impact on Bay Area theatre.

This year we honor 3Girls Theatre Company.

3Girls Theatre Company is proud to be one of the very few theater companies in the nation that produces only plays by women playwrights. ​In 2011, SF playwrights AJ Baker, Suze Allen and Lee Brady decided it was time to stop complaining about the lack of production opportunities for women playwrights in American theater and take action! They recruited a company of amazing women writers who shared their passion to get more women's voices on stage, and the non-profit 3Girls Theatre Company was born. ​Over the past six years​, the Company (under the leadership of Artistic Director Baker) has helped bring more than fifty new plays by women to life through its Salon Reading Series Development program, presented five annual New Works Festivals for the community, and staged eight full productions. 3GT also sponsors special projects, including GirlWrights, a playwriting lab for young women, and LezWrites!, a short performance series by LBTQ writers.


Join us in honoring these and many other Bay Area artists and companies at the

San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle 41st Annual Excellence in Theatre Awards Gala

 to be held at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco on Monday, March 27, 2017.

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