The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle is pleased to announce the nominees for for their 47th Excellence in Theatre Awards for 2023.

 

Productions that opened between January 1 and December 31, 2023 that were attended by a minimum of three SFBATCC members were eligible for nomination.

 

A minimum of two qualified nominees were required to activate a category.

 

Every effort has been made to ensure proper name spelling and production attribution.

Should an edit need to be made, send a correction to harry.duke@criticscircle.org

PLEASE include the nomination category and house size with the requested edit/correction.

 

  Choreography  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Allison Rae Baker Stones in His Pockets Spreckels Theatre Company
Katherine Cooper The People vs. Mona Masquers Playhouse
Sara K. Dean & Lysander Abadia Elf Los Altos Stage Company
Marilyn Izdebski The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy Novato Theater Company
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Christopher Childers The Producers Hillbarn Theatre
Nicole Helfer A Chorus Line San Francisco Playhouse
Nicole Helfer Guys and Dolls San Francisco Playhouse
Robyn Tribuzi Anything Goes 42nd Street Moon
Leslie Waggoner Assassins Hillbarn Theatre
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Camille A. Brown Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical American Conservatory Theater
Emily Cornelius, Karen Miles, Ensemble Tuck Everlasting Spreckels Theatre Company
Jill Jacobs Spring Awakening Ray of Light
Lee Ann Payne The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Sam Pinkleton The Wizard of Oz American Conservatory Theater
     
     
  Costume Design  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Tammy Berlin Mondragola Central Works
Jody Branham Shakespeare in Love Novato Theater Company
Adriana Gutierrez Pride and Prejudice - the Musical Ross Valley Players
Mara Plankers Norleen The People vs. Mona Masquers Playhouse
Tracy Bell Redig The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy Novato Theater Company
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Ulises Alcala Crowns Center REP
Brooke Jennings Merrily We Roll Along 42nd Street Moon
Brooke Jennings Hurricane Diane Aurora Theatre Company
Y. Sharon Peng The Producers Hillbarn Theatre
Jasmine Milan Williams Nollywood Dreams San Francisco Playhouse
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Dede Ayite Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical American Conservatory Theater
Cathleen Edwards Mrs. Christie TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Courtney Flores-Kerrigan The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Amie Schow Into the Woods The Mountain Play
David Zinn The Wizard of Oz American Conservatory Theater
     
     
  Lighting Design  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Gary Graves Mondragola Central Works
Kurt Landisman The Road to Mecca Weathervane Productions/Z Below
Kevin Myrick Mahābhārata Oakland Theater Project/Z Space
Michele Samuels The Glass Menagerie Ross Valley Players
Frank Sarubbi Native Gardens Ross Valley Players
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Pamila Z. Grey The Producers Hillbarn Theatre
Wen-Ling Liao Chinglish San Francisco Playhouse
Kevin Myrick Nollywood Dreams San Francisco Playhouse
Maurice Vercoutere Satchmo at the Waldorf San Jose Stage Company
Yi Zhao Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone 2 American Conservatory Theater
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Stacey Derosier The Wizard of Oz American Conservatory Theater
Pamila Z. Gray A Distinct Society TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Wen-Ling Liao The Headlands American Conservatory Theater
Jen Schriever Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical American Conservatory Theater
Chahine Yavroyan Let the Right One In Berkeley Repertory Theatre
     
     
  Set Design  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Carlos Aceves Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus Oakland Theater Project
Erik Flatmo The Road to Mecca Weathervane Productions/Z Below
John Hull The People vs. Mona Masquers Playhouse
Malcolm Rodgers Native Gardens Ross Valley Players
Louis Stone-Collonge Noises Off Pear Theater
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Kevin Davies The Producers Hillbarn Theatre
Bill English Nollywood Dreams San Francisco Playhouse
Christopher Fitzer  Assassins Hillbarn Theatre
Heather Kenyon Guys and Dolls  San Francisco Playhouse
Tanya Orellana Cashed Out San Francisco Playhouse
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Wilson Chin Clyde's Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Alexander V. Nichols The Headlands American Conservatory Theater
Jason Sherwood Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical American Conservatory Theater
Jo Winiarski A Distinct Society TheatreWorks Silicon Valley/Pioneer Theatre
David Zinn The Wizard of Oz American Conservatory Theater
     
     
  Sound Design  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Ray Archie Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus Oakland Theater Project
Billie Cox The Glass Menagerie Ross Valley Players
Gregory Sharpen Mondragola Central Works
Ken Sonkin Open Main Stage West
Ian Walker The Umbrella Play Multi-Ethnic Theatre
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Jules Indelicato Assassins Hillbarn Theatre
Lana Palmer Hurricane Diane Aurora Theatre Company
George Psarras Blithe Spirit City Lights Theater Company
Sheraj Ragoobeer The Producers Hillbarn Theatre
Steve Schoenbeck Grand Horizons San Jose Stage Company
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Jonathan Deans Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical American Conservatory Theater
Gareth Fry Let the Right One In Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Palmer Hefferan POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass… Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Ursula Kwong-Brown and Danny Erdberg The Wizard of Oz American Conservatory Theater
Gregory Robinson Fannie: The Music & Life of Fannie Lou Hamer TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
     
     
  Projection Design  
     
Spense Matubang Chinglish San Francisco Playhouse
Sarah Phykitt Nollywood Dreams San Francisco Playhouse
Alexander V. Nichols The Headlands American Conservatory Theater
Aaron Rhyne Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical American Conservatory Theater
Chris Schloemp Tuck Everlasting Spreckels Theatre Company
     
     
  Specialties  
     
Jeremy Chernick - Special Effects Let the Right One In Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe - Dialect Coach Nollywood Dreams San Francisco Playhouse
Megan Ellis - Hair/Wig/Makeup Design Clyde's Berkeley Repertory Theatre
James Ortiz - Puppet Design/Direction Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone 2 American Conservatory Theater
Amanda Villalobos - Puppet Design The Wizard of Oz American Conservatory Theater
     
     
  Original Script  
     
Luis Alfaro The Travelers Magic Theatre/Campo Santo
Kareem Fahmy A Distinct Society TheatreWorks Silicon Valley/Pioneer Theatre
Claude Jackson, Jr.  Cashed Out San Francisco Playhouse
Dominique Morisseau Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical American Conservatory Theater
Marc Anthony Thompson The Ni¿¿er Lovers Magic Theatre
     
     
  Original Music  
     
Masi Asare Odyssey Marin Theatre Company
Sebastian Gutierrez Yerma Shotgun Players
Min Kahng Cymbeline San Francisco Shakespeare 
Marc Anthony Thompson The Ni¿¿er Lovers Magic Theatre
David Warner Twelfth Night Marin Shakespeare Company
     
     
  Music Direction  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Rita Abrams, Jack Prendergast  Pride and Prejudice - the Musical Ross Valley Players
Enrico Banson The People vs. Mona Masquers Playhouse
Justin Pyne The Great American Trailer Park Musical Lucky Penny Productions
Judy Wiesen The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy Novato Theater Company
     
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Jad Bernardo Assassins Hillbarn Theatre
Dave Dobrusky A Chorus Line San Francisco Playhouse
Tania Johnson Merrily We Roll Along 42nd Street Moon
Carl Pantle Kinky Boots the Musical 142 Throckmorton
Rick Reynolds The Producers Hillbarn Theatre
      
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Daniel Alley Into the Woods The Mountain Play
Sean Kana Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical American Conservatory Theater
Amanda Ku Matilda the Musical Palo Alto Players
William Liberatore The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
David Möschler The Wizard of Oz American Conservatory Theater
     
     
  Stage Direction  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
David Abrams The Glass Menagerie Ross Valley Players
Enrico Banson The People vs. Mona Masquers Playhouse
Marilyn Izdebski The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy Novato Theater Company
Sheri Lee Miller Stones in His Pockets Spreckels Theatre Company
Timothy Near The Road to Mecca Weathervane Productions/Z Below
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Catherine Castellanos The Travelers Magic Theatre/Campo Santo
Jaime Castaneda Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone 2 American Conservatory Theater
Bill English A Chorus Line San Francisco Playhouse
Margo Hall Nollywood Dreams San Francisco Playhouse
Erica Wyman-Abrahamson The Producers Hillbarn Theatre
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Kamilah Forbes Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical American Conservatory Theater
Pam MacKinnon The Headlands American Conservatory Theater
Sam Pinkleton The Wizard of Oz American Conservatory Theater
Taylor Reynolds Clyde's Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Giovanna Sardelli A Distinct Society TheatreWorks Silicon Valley/Pioneer Theatre
     
     
  Solo  
     
L. Peter Callender Satchmo at the Waldorf San Jose Stage Company
Satya Chávez Where Did We Sit on the Bus? Marin Theatre Company
Josh Kornbluth Citizen Brain The Marsh
Sara Porkalob Dragon Lady Marin Theatre Company
Ari’el Stachel Out of Character Berkeley Repertory Theatre
     
     
  Ensemble  
     
  Comedy  
     
Chinglish   San Francisco Playhouse
Clyde's   Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Nollywood Dreams   San Francisco Playhouse
Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone 2   American Conservatory Theater
Twelfth Night   Marin Shakespeare Company
     
  Drama  
     
Born with Teeth   Aurora Theatre Company
Bulrusher   Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Dinner with Friends   Sonoma Arts Live
Paradise Blue   Aurora Theatre Company
The Travelers   Magic Theatre/Campo Santo
     
  Musical  
     
Assassins   Hillbarn Theatre
A Chorus Line   San Francisco Playhouse
Guys and Dolls   San Francisco Playhouse
The Producers   Hillbarn Theatre
The Wizard of Oz   American Conservatory Theater
     
     
  Featured Performance - Comedy   
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Ken Boswell Noises Off Pear Theater
Thomas Gough Picasso at the Lapin Agile Los Altos Stage Company
Steve Ortiz Mondragola Central Works
Brandon Silberstein Noises Off Pear Theater
     
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Tanika Baptiste Nollywood Dreams San Francisco Playhouse
Judith Miller Grand Horizons San Jose Stage Company
Sharon Shao Chinglish San Francisco Playhouse
Jomar Tagatac Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone 2  American Conservatory Theater
Ted Zoldan Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Hillbarn Theatre
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Wesley Guimarães Clyde's Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Steve Price Twelfth Night Marin Shakespeare Company
Harold Surratt Clyde's Berkeley Repertory Theatre
     
     
  Featured Performance - Drama  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
LC Arisman Silent Sky Lucky Penny Productions
Ixtlán Citizen Word for Word/Z Space
Jesse Lumb The Glass Menagerie Ross Valley Players
Anthony Rollins-Mullins Is God Is Oakland Theater Project
Victor Talmadge The Road to Mecca Weathervane Productions/Z Below
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Linda Amayo-Hassan Yerma Shotgun Players
David Bryant 1984 Aurora Theatre Company
Ron Campbell Cyrano Aurora Theatre Company
Judith Miller Othello San Jose Stage Company
Kenny Scott Paradise Blue Aurora Theatre Company
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Lucinda Hitchcock Cone Mrs. Christie TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
William Thomas Hodgson Mrs. Christie TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Rob Kellogg Bulrusher Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Charles Shaw Robinson The Headlands American Conservatory Theater
Jomar Tagatac The Headlands American Conservatory Theater
     
     
  Featured Performance - Musical  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Steve Alesch The People vs. Mona Masquers Playhouse
Harrison Alter The People vs. Mona Masquers Playhouse
Julianne Bradbury The Great American Trailer Park Musical Lucky Penny Productions
Kamaria McKinney The People vs. Mona Masquers Playhouse
Kayla Gold The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy Novato Theater Company
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Benjamin Ball Assassins Hillbarn Theatre
Christine Capsuto-Shulman Merrily We Roll Along 42nd Street Moon
Chachi Delgado A Chorus Line San Francisco Playhouse
Heather Orth Anything Goes 42nd Street Moon
Keith Pinto The Producers Hillbarn Theatre
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
El Beh The Wizard of Oz American Conservatory Theater
Sidney DuPont Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical American Conservatory Theater
Darryl V. Jones The Wizard of Oz American Conservatory Theater
Cathleen Ridley The Wizard of Oz American Conservatory Theater
Chase Thompson Tuck Everlasting Spreckels Theatre Company
     
     
  Principal Performance - Comedy  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Ellen Brooks Native Gardens Ross Valley Players
Janelly Calmell Native Gardens Ross Valley Players
Sam Coughlin Stones in His Pockets Spreckels Theatre Company
Jimmy Gagarin Stones in His Pockets Spreckels Theatre Company
Steve Price Native Gardens Ross Valley Players
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Angel Adedokun Nollywood Dreams San Francisco Playhouse
Michael Barrett Austin Chinglish San Francisco Playhouse
Lucinda Hitchcock Cone Grand Horizons San Jose Stage Company
Jenny Nguyen Nelson Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone 2  American Conservatory Theater
Nicole Tung Chinglish San Francisco Playhouse
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Cyndii Johnson Clyde's Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Charisse Loriaux Twelfth Night Marin Shakespeare Company
Louis Reyes McWilliams
Clyde's
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
April Nixon Clyde's Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Jasmine Milan Williams Steel Magnolias TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
     
     
  Principal Performance - Drama  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Tamar Cohn The Glass Menagerie Ross Valley Players
Devin A. Cunningham we are continuous New Conservatory Theatre Center
Wendy vanden Heuvel The Road to Mecca  Weathervane Productions/Z Below
Sierra Marcks The Dignity Circle Central Works
Charles Shaw Robinson Poetic Justice The Marsh
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Aldo Billingslea Othello San Jose Stage Company
Dean Linnard Born with Teeth Aurora Theatre Company
Brady Morales-Woolery Born with Teeth Aurora Theatre Company
Regina Morones Yerma Shotgun Players
Anna Marie Sharpe Paradise Blue Aurora Theatre Company
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Daniel Allitt A Distinct Society TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Noah Lamanna Let the Right One In Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Diego Lucano Let the Right One In Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Carrie Paff A Distinct Society TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Phil Wong The Headlands American Conservatory Theater
     
     
  Principal Performance - Musical  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Nelson Brown The People vs. Mona Masquers Playhouse
HarriettePearl Fugitt The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy Novato Theater Company
Shay Oglesby-Smith The People vs. Mona Masquers Playhouse
Jill Wagoner  Pride and Prejudice, the Musical Ross Valley Players
Bruce Vieira The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy Novato Theater Company
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Andre Amarotico Assassins Hillbarn Theatre
David Toshiro Crane Guys and Dolls San Francisco Playhouse
Edward Hightower The Producers  Hillbarn Theatre
James M. Jones The Producers  Hillbarn Theatre
Jenny Veilleux Guys and Dolls Sonoma Arts Live
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Molly Bell The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Quentin Earl Darrington Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical American Conservatory Theater
Molly Belle Hart Tuck Everlasting Spreckels Theatre Company
Amber Iman Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical American Conservatory Theater
Chanel Tilghman The Wizard of Oz American Conservatory Theater
     
     
  Entire Production - EB  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Citizen Brain   The Marsh
The Dignity Circle   Central Works
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus   Oakland Theater Project
Is God Is   Oakland Theater Project
The People vs. Mona   Masquers Playhouse
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Born with Teeth   Aurora Theatre Company
Hurricane Diane   Aurora Theatre Company
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley   Altarena Playhouse
Paradise Blue   Aurora Theatre Company
The Triumph of Love   Shotgun Players
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
Bulrusher   Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Clyde's    Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Let the Right One In   Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Out of Character   Berkeley Repertory Theatre
POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass…   Berkeley Repertory Theatre
     
     
  Entire Production - NB  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy   Novato Theater Company
The Glass Menagerie   Ross Valley Players
It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play   Ross Valley Players
Native Gardens   Ross Valley Players
Stones in His Pockets   Spreckels Theatre Company
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Dragon Lady   Marin Theatre Company
Kinky Boots the Musical   142 Throckmorton
Side by Side by Sondheim   Sonoma Arts Live
Something Rotten!   6th Street Playhouse
Where Did We Sit on the Bus?   Marin Theatre Company
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
The Beat Goes On   Transcendence Theatre Company
Into the Woods   The Mountain Play
A Little Night Music   Spreckels Theatre Company
Tuck Everlasting   Spreckels Theatre Company
Twelfth Night   Marin Shakespeare Company
     
     
  Entire Production - SF  
     
  in a house with fewer than 100 seats  
     
Citizen   Word for Word
Poetic Justice   The Marsh
The Road to Mecca   Weathervane Productions/Z Below
we are continuous   New Conservatory Theatre Center
     
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
A Chorus Line   San Francisco Playhouse
Chinglish   San Francisco Playhouse
Nollywood Dreams   San Francisco Playhouse
Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone 2    American Conservatory Theater
The Travelers   Magic Theatre
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
The Headlands   American Conservatory Theater
Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical   American Conservatory Theater
The Wizard of Oz   American Conservatory Theater
     
     
  Entire Production - SP  
     
  in a house with 100 to 300 seats  
     
Assassins   Hillbarn Theatre
Blithe Spirit   City Lights Theater Company
Grand Horizons   San Jose Stage Company
Kinky Boots   City Lights Theater Company
The Producers   Hillbarn Theatre
     
  in a house with more than 300 seats  
     
A Distinct Society   TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer    TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
The Play That Goes Wrong   Palo Alto Players
Steel Magnolias   TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee   TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
     
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