The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle is pleased to announce the recipients of  their 45th Excellence in Theatre Awards for 2020/2021.

 

Recipients are noted in bold color.

 

Live productions that opened in the first quarter of 2020 and the last half of 2021 were eligible to be nominated. An (*) next to the title indicates it was a 2020 production.

 

 

Congratulations to all!

 

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REQUEST DEADLINE IS MAY 31, 2022

  Choreography  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen Tanika Baptiste                  Theatre Rhinoceros
Five Course Love * Staci Arriaga                   Lucky Penny Productions
A Napa Valley Christmas Carol Taylor Bartolucci Lucky Penny Productions
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Little Shop of Horrors * Randy O'Hara Hillbarn Theatre
Memphis * Christina Lazo Berkeley Playhouse
Starting Here, Starting Now Nicole Helfer San Francisco Playhouse
Twelfth Night Nicole Helfer San Francisco Playhouse
West Side Story * Joy Sherratt Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
A Christmas Carol Jennifer Perry  Center REPertory Company
Toni Stone * Camille A. Brown, Danyon Davis American Conservatory Theater
Urinetown, the Musical * Michella Moerbeek Spreckels Theatre Company
     
     
  Costume Design  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen Tanika Baptiste Theatre Rhinoceros
The Importance of Being Earnest Mary Weinberg Novato Theater Company
Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border * Callie Floor Word for Word
A View from the Bridge * Gail Reine 6th Street Playhouse
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder * Rebecca Valentino 42nd Street Moon
Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley Fumiko Bielefeldt Marin Theatre Company
Great Expectations Jean Cardinale San Jose Stage Company
Sunset Boulevard Barbara McFadden Sonoma Arts Live
Twelfth Night Abra Berman San Francisco Playhouse
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
My Fair Lady Catherine Zuber  BroadwaySF
The Revolutionists Lisa Claybough Palo Alto Players
The Winter’s Tale Ulises Alcala California Shakespeare Theater
Urinetown, the Musical * Pamela Johnson Spreckels Theatre Company
     
     
  Lighting Design  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
The Little Mermaid April George Lucky Penny Productions
Silent Sky * Harrison Moye Ross Valley Players
Taking Steps * Meghan Souther Pear Theatre
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Don't Eat the Mangos * Chris Lundahl Magic Theater
Gloria * Wen-Ling Liao American Conservatory Theater
Memphis * Cameron Pence Berkeley Playhouse
Noura * Kate Boyd Marin Theatre Company
The Woman in Black Anshuman Bhatia American Conservatory Theater
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
A Doll's House, Part 2 * Carolyn A. Guggemos Palo Alto Players
Lizard Boy Robert J. Aguilar TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
They Promised Her the Moon * Steven B. Mannshardt TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Urinetown, the Musical * Eddy Hansen Spreckels Theatre Company
Working Abby May Palo Alto Players
     
     
  Set Design  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Galatea Elizabeth Bazzano, Eddy Hansen Spreckels Theatre Company
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage Argo Thompson Left Edge Theatre
A Napa Valley Christmas Carol Brian Watson Lucky Penny Productions
On the Periphery * Kate Boyd Golden Thread/Crowded Fire
Silent Sky * Ron Krempetz Ross Valley Players
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
The Children * Mikiko Uesugi Aurora Theatre Company
The Devil's Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith * Richard Olmsted Center REPertory Company
Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley Nina Ball Marin Theatre Company
Gloria * Lawrence E. Moten III American Conservatory Theater
Tiny Beautiful Things * Jacquelyn Scott San Francisco Playhouse
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Culture Clash: (Still in America) * Christopher Acebo Berkeley Repertory Theatre
A Doll's House, Part 2 * Christopher Fitzer Palo Alto Players
Noises Off Eddy Hansen Spreckels Theatre Company
The Winter's Tale Tanya Orellana California Shakespeare Theater
Wintertime Annie Smart Berkeley Repertory Theatre
     
     
  Sound Design  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
On the Periphery * James Ard Golden Thread/Crowded Fire
Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border * David Molina Word for Word
Taking Steps * David Hobbs Pear Theatre
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
The Children * Jeff Mockus Aurora Theatre Company
Don't Eat the Mangos * Sara Huddleston Magic Theatre
Great Expectations
Steve Schoenbeck
San Jose Stage Company
Tiny Beautiful Things * Teddy Hulsker San Francisco Playhouse
The Woman in Black Sebastion Frost American Conservatory Theater
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Gatz * Ben Jalosa Williams Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Lizard Boy Jeff Mockus TheatreWorks Silicon Vallkey
The Tempest * Billie Cox College of Marin Drama
They Promised Her the Moon * Jane Shaw TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
     
     
  Projection Design  
     
Born in East Berlin * Teddy Hulsker San Francisco Playhouse
Galatea Chris Schloemp Spreckels Theatre Company
Heisenberg * Chris Schloemp Left Edge Theatre
How to Transcend A Happy Marriage Patrick Nims Left Edge Theatre
On the Periphery * Nima Dehghani Golden Thread/Crowded Fire
     
     
  Specialties  
     
Black Comedy * Sydney Schwindt - Fight Choreographer Douglas Morrisson Theatre
The Devil's Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith * Alyssa Tryon - Properties  Center REPertory Company
Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley Lisa Anne Porter - Dialect Coach Marin Theatre Company
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage * Maya Herbsman - Intimacy Choreographer Custom Made Theatre Company
She Loves Me * Miranda Whipple - Properties South Bay Musical Theatre
     
     
  Original Script  
     
Don't Eat the Mangos * Ricardo Pérez González Magic Theatre
Galatea David Templeton Spreckels Theatre Company
Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley Lauren M. Gunderson & Margot Melcon Marin Theatre Company
The Great Khan Michael Gene Sullivan San Francisco Playhouse
sAiNt jOaN (burn/burn/burn) Lisa Ramirez Oakland Theater Project
     
     
  Original Music  
     
Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley Jenny Clering Marin Theatre Company
Lizard Boy Justin Huertas TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
A Napa Valley Christmas Carol  Rob Broadhurst Lucky Penny Productions
Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border * David R. Molina Word for Word
The Supers * Rob Reich Circus Center
     
     
  Music Direction  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Camelot Phillip Harris Mountain Play/Ross Valley Players
Five Course Love * Ellen Patterson Lucky Penny Productions
A Napa Valley Christmas Carol Rob Broadhurst Lucky Penny Productions
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
The Devil's Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith *

Kenneth Little

Center REPertory Company
A Little Night Music Daniel Thomas 42nd Street Moon
Memphis * Daniel Alley Berkeley Playhouse
Starting Here, Starting Now Dave Dobrusky San Francisco Playhouse
Twelfth Night Dave Dobrusky San Francisco Playhouse
      
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
The Full Monty * Jon Gallo Bay Area Musicals
Lizard Boy Steven Tran TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Urinetown, the Musical * Lucas Sherman Spreckels Theatre Company
     
     
  Stage Direction  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
At The Wake of a Dead Drag Queen Tanika Baptiste Theatre Rhinoceros
Galatea Marty Pistone Spreckels Theatre Company
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage * Adam L. Sussman Custom Made Theatre Company
sAiNt jOaN (burn/burn/burn) Michael Socrates Moran Oakland Theater Project
Taking Steps * Troy Johnson Pear Theatre
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
The Children * Barbara Damashek Aurora Theatre Company
Don’t Eat the Mangos * David Mendizabal Magic Theatre
Gloria * Eric Ting American Conservatory Theater
Memphis * Brendan Simon Berkeley Playhouse
Twelfth Night Susi Damilano San Francisco Playhouse
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
A Doll's House, Part 2 * Jeffrey Lo Palo Alto Players
Lizard Boy Brandon Ivie TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Urinetown, the Musical * Jay Manley Spreckels Theatre Company
Wintertime Les Waters Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Working Patrick Klein Palo Alto Players
     
     
  Solo  
     
Every Brilliant Thing William Thomas Hodgson Oakland Theater Project
Hold These Truths Jomar Tagatec San Francisco Playhouse
Mimi's Suitcase * Ana Bayat Theatre of Yugen
The Pianist of Willesden Lane * Mona Golabek TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
The Waste Land Lisa Ramirez Oakland Theater Project
     
     
  Ensemble Comedy  
     
Culture Clash: (Still) In America *   Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Gloria *   American Conservatory Theater
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage*   Custom Made Theatre Company
Tiny Beautiful Things *   San Francisco Playhouse
Wintertime   Berkeley Repertory Theatre
     
     
  Ensemble Drama  
     
The Children *   Aurora Theatre Company
Don’t Eat the Mangos *   Magic Theatre
Georgiania & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley   Marin Theatre Company
Love *   Marin Theatre Company
Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border *   Word for Word
     
     
  Ensemble Musical  
     
The Devil's Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith *   Center REPertory Company
Lizard Boy   TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Memphis *   Berkeley Playhouse
Twelfth Night   San Francisco Playhouse
Urinetown, the Musical *   Spreckels Theatre Company
     
     
  Featured Performance - Comedy   
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage * Fenner Custom Made Theatre Company
The Importance of Being Earnest Lorenzo Alviso Novato Theater Company
The Importance of Being Earnest Kim Bromley Novato Theater Company
Steel Magnolias * Anya Cherniss Chanticleers Theatre
Steel Magnolias * Eve McElheney Tieck Chanticleers Theatre
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Cry It Out Kellie Donnelly Cinnabar Theater
Gloria * Jared Corbin American Conservatory Theater
Ripcord * Kyle Stoner Cinnabar Theater
Tiny Beautiful Things * Mark Anderson Phillips San Francisco Playhouse
Tiny Beautiful Things * Jomar Tagatac San Francisco Playhouse
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
The Winter's Tale Dean Linnard California Shakespeare Theater
The Winter's Tale Phil Wong California Shakespeare Theater
Wintertime  Sharon Lockwood Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Wintertime  Jomar Tagatac Berkeley Repertory Theatre
     
     
  Featured Performance - Drama  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Galatea Chris Schloemp Spreckels Theatre Company
Galatea David L. Yen Spreckels Theatre Company
The Glass Menagerie * Jesse Lumb Ross Valley Players
On the Periphery * Ayla Yarkut Golden Thread/Crowded Fire
Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border * Ryan Tasker Word for Word
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Don’t Eat the Mangos * Wilma Bonet Magic Theatre
Georgiana & Kittty: Christmas at Pemberley Adam Magill Marin Theatre Company
Georgiana & Kittty: Christmas at Pemberley Zehan F. Mehta Marin Theatre Company
Great Expectations Jennifer LeBlanc San Jose Stage Company
Love * Robert Sicular Marin Theatre Company
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
A Doll's House, Part 2 * Judith Miller Pala Alto Players
The Tempest * Steve Price  College of Marin Drama
They Promised Her the Moon * Anthony Fusco TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
They Promised Her the Moon * Stacy Ross TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Toni Stone * Kenn E. Head American Conservatory Theater
     
     
  Featured Performance - Musical  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Camelot Matt Skinner Mountain Play/Ross Valley Players
Five Course Love * Brian Watson Lucky Penny Productions
The Little Mermaid Brian Watson Lucky Penny Productions
A Napa Valley Christmas Carol Daniela Innocenti Beem Lucky Penny Productions
A Napa Valley Christmas Carol Dennis O'Brien Lucky Penny Productions
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Chicago * B Noel Thomas San Jose Stage Company
Memphis * Deborah DelMastro Berkeley Playhouse
She Loves Me * Parker Hough South Bay Musical Theatre
Sunset Boulevard Tim Setzer Sonoma Arts Live
Twelfth Night Atticus Shaindlin San Francisco Playhouse
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
The Full Monty * Jackson Thea Bay Area Musicals
Urinetown, the Musical * Denise Elia-Yen Spreckels Theatre Company
Urinetown, the Musical * David L. Yen Spreckels Theatre Company
      
     
  Principal Performance - Comedy  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
At the Wake of a Dead Dragon Queen Devin Cunningham Theatre Rhinoceros
Heisenberg * John Craven Left Edge Theatre
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage * Karen Offereins Custom Made Theatre Company
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage * Matt Weimer Custom Made Theatre Company
Taking Steps * Max Tachis Pear Theatre
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Cry It Out Ilana Niernberger Cinnabar Theater
Cry It Out Amanda Vitiello Cinnabar Theater
Gloria * Jeremy Kahn American Conservatory Theater
The Great Khan Leon Jones San Francisco Playhouse
Tiny Beautiful Things * Susi Damilano San Francisco Playhouse
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Culture Clash: (Still) In America * Richard Montoya Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Culture Clash: (Still) In America * Ricardo Salinas Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Culture Clash: (Still) In America * Herbert Siguenza Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Noises Off Eileen Morris Spreckels Theatre Company
Wakey, Wakey * Tony Hale American Conservatory Theater
     
     
  Principal Performance - Drama  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Galatea Abbey Lee Spreckels Theatre Company
Galatea Sindu Singh Spreckels Theatre Company
The Glass Menagerie * Tamar Cohn Ross Valley Players
sAiNt jOaN (burn/burn/burn) Romeo Channer Oakland Theater Project
sAiNt jOaN (burn/burn/burn) Success Ufondu Oakland Theater Project
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
The Children * James Carpenter Aurora Theatre Company
The Children * Julie Eccles Aurora Theatre Company
Great Expectations Keith Pinto San Jose Stage Company
Love * Clea Alsip Marin Theatre Company
Noura * Denmo Ibrahim Marin Theatre Company
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
A Doll's House, Part 2 * Michael Champlin Palo Alto Players
A Doll's House, Part 2 * Gabriella Goldstein Palo Alto Players
Gatz * Scott Shepherd Berkeley Repertory Theatre
They Promised Her the Moon * Sarah Mitchell TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Toni Stone * Dawn Ursula American Conservatory Theater
     
     
  Principal Performance - Musical  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Camelot  Krista Joy Serpa Mountain Play/Ross Valley Players
Five Course Love * Sarah Lundstrom Lucky Penny Productions
The Little Mermaid Taylor Bartolucci Lucky Penny Productions
A Napa Valley Christmas Carol Tim Setzer Lucky Penny Productions
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
   
The Devil's Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith * Katrina Lauren McGraw Center REPertory Company
A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder * Matt Hammons 42nd Street Moon
Memphis * Sean Okuniewicz Berkeley Playhouse
Memphis * Loreigna Sinclair Berkeley Playhouse
Sunset Boulevard Daniela Innocenti Beem Sonoma Arts Live
Twelfth Night Sofia Introna San Francisco Playhouse
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
     
Lizard Boy Kirsten "Kiki" deLohr Helland TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Lizard Boy Justin Huertas TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Lizard Boy William A. Williams TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
My Fair Lady Shereen Ahmed BroadwaySF
Working Ray D'Ambrosio Palo Alto Players
     
     
  Entire Production - EB  
     
Culture Clash: (Still) In America *   Berkeley Repertory Theatre
The Devil's Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith *   Center REPertory Company
Memphis *   Berkeley Playhouse
sAiNt jOaN (burn/burn/burn)   Oakland Theater Project
The Winter's Tale   California Shakespeare Theater
Wintertime    Berkeley Repertory Theatre
     
     
  Entire Production - NB  
     
Cry It Out   Cinnabar Theater
Galatea   Spreckels Theatre Company
Georgian & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley   Marin Theatre Company
The Glass Menagerie *   Ross Valley Players
Love *   Marin Theatre Company
Urinetown, the Musical *   Spreckels Theatre Company
     
     
  Entire Production - SF  
     
Don’t Eat the Mangos *   Magic Theatre
Gloria *   American Conservatory Theater
The Great Khan   San Francisco Playhouse
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage *   Custom Made Theatre Company
Tiny Beautiful Things *   San Francisco Playhouse
Twelfth Night   San Francisco Playhouse
     
     
  Entire Production - SP  
     
A Doll's House, Part 2 *   Palo Alto Players
Great Expectations   San Jose Stage Company
The Great Leap   San Jose Stage Company
Lizard Boy   TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
They Promised Her the Moon *   TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Working   Palo Alto Players
     
     
  Entire Production - Bay Area

 

     
Galatea   Spreckels Theatre Company
 
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