About Us – Awards

1989

Svoboda by Gabriel Paul
Opened April 7, 1989

“The vivid Vaughn Taylor [is indeed inspiring] as the real-life writer Irina Ratushinskaya” –Ray Loynd, The Los Angeles Times
“One hopes this troupe will move on to ecumenical concerns and let its spirit flower less overtly.” LA Times

The Gifts of the Maji
Opened December 1, 1989

1990 – 1995

A Peculiar People by Rick Najera
Opened March 30, 1990

“David Schall enters as powerful Roman prefect Philius, taking the stage with commanding presence.” –Polly Warfield, Drama-Logue

The Traveling Lady by Horton Foote
Opened September 7, 1990

Awards: Critic’s Choice: LA Reader, Drama-Logue
4 1990 Drama-Logue Theatre Awards: Kristina Lankford, Brenda Ballard, Rebecca Hayes, Greg Martin.
“A classic instance of pristine production values turning a sow’s ear of a play into a small pearl.” – Ray Loynd, LA Times
“The gentle and resourceful direction of Robin Strand paced the show at a fast tempo while never contradicting the leisurely atmosphere of small town life.” –Bruce Feld, Drama Logue

Under the Sycamore Tree by Samuel Spewack
Opened March 1, 1991

Awards
6 Drama-Logue Awards; 1 L.A. Weekly Award nomination
“Moments of telling satire, especially in the hands of the charming Hayes and Henderson.” –Madeleine Shaner
“An entertaining, hilarious display of farce and satire… superbly produced by David Schall and directed by Gus Corrado.” –Diedre Johnson, Drama-Logue
“Mark Henderson’s enchanting underground ant-tunnel set establishes the tone for this combination children’s theater silliness and light social commentary.” –Tom Provenzano, LA Weekly

Becoming Memories by Arthur Giron
Opened September 6, 1991

Awards
Critic’s Choice: Drama-Logue
7 Drama-Logue Awards (Direction- Robin Strand, Production – David Schall, Alan Johnson, Original Music (Louis Tucker), Performance – Karen Stanley, Kristina Lankford, Alan Johnson)
“a flawless, fleeting moment of revelation and reflection . . . the tightly-knit ensemble sparkles . . .” “captures the very essence of the human condition in its infinite rainbow of emotional colors.”

The Gifts of the Maji
Opened November 22, 1991

Awards
“Artfully staged by the Actors Co-op and ingeniously directed by Robin Strand.” –Polly Warfield, Drama-Logue

Tomorrow’s Monday by Paul Osborn
Opened March 6, 1992

Awards
3 Drama-Logue Awards
“Director Alan Johnson maintains the comic rhythms, with Ballard’s dry, clipped commentaries especially amusing.” –Don Shirley, Los Angeles Times
“Mark Henderson beautifully re-creates the drawing room of a middle-class ‘30s home and Russell Pyle lights it superbly.” –Tom Provenzano, LA Weekly
“Every single role is built with fascinating contradictions- all viable and motivated- that lend pleasing unpredictability to the proceedings.” –Richard Scaffidi, Drama-Logue

1918 by Horton Foote
Opened September 11, 1992

Awards
Critic’s Choice: LA Times, LA Weekly, LA Reader, Backstage West
“Director Robin Strand does a good job casting and pacing this powerful story about love, promises, and family relationships.” –Beth Hill, Reader
“This and previous successes by them… confirm the group as one to rely upon for thoroughly classy productions of material having mature but decidedly family-safe appeal. The Actors Co-op is a high quality factor in the diversity of the 99-Seat theatre scene.” –Richard Scaffidi, Drama-Logue
“Robin Strand’s strong direction insists on completely integrated performances by all 13 of his actors—even the children in the company are unusually fine.” –Tom Provenzano, LA Weekly

A Christmas Carol Adapted by Doris Baizley
Opened November 20, 1992 – December 20, 1992

Awards
“Recommended” L.A. Weekly
“Comedy, music and imaginative stagecraft . . . a near perfect whole.” LA WEEKLY
“Gentle, affectionate interpretation.” Drama-Logue
“Actors Co-op’s ‘Carol” is a beaut.” LA Times
“Vibrant and dynamic production” Village View

Edith Stein by Arthur Giron
Opened February 12, 1993

Awards
Critic’s Choice: Drama-Logue
4 Drama-Logue including Direction (Robin Strand); Performance (Kristina Lankford, Mark Henderson), Costume Design (Shon LeBlanc)
“Kristina Lankford is Edith Stein in a disturbingly real performance that moved my Jewish cousin to say ‘How could she?’ and moved my Jewish self to say ‘I understand why she had to.’” –Madeleine Shaner, Park Labrea News
“Sensitively directed by Robin Strand and featuring a passionate and impassioned performance by Lankford.” Clifford Gallo, Los Angeles Reader
“This account of the life of Edith Stein is a personal and theatrical triumph.” –Elias Stimac, Drama-Logue

See How They Run by Philip King
Opened May 7, 1993

Awards
5 Drama-Logue Awards: Production (Alan Johnson and David Schall); Director (Kristina Lankford); Ensemble Performance, Scenic Design (Tim Farmer); Lighting Design (Alan Falkner)
“One of the best casts I’ve seen… The only possible complaint anyone could have is that they laughed too hard and ended up limp and exhausted.” –Park Labrea News
“Critic’s Choice- Director Kristina Lankford has staged her mice to run though their maze with accurate precision and maximum hilarity.” –Elias Stimac, Drama-Logue

A Christmas Carol Adapted by Doris Baizley
Opened November 19, 1993

Awards
“In a lively production directed by Alan Johnson, pulls out all the stops to entertain at full volume with their musical extravaganza that combines Christmas music, inventive stage business, grand costumes, and loads of special effects.” –Madeline Shaner, Park Labrea News
“For this season’s Christmas present to yourself, take friends and family to this jewel of a theater.” –Melinda Schupmann, Los Angeles Reader –Critic’s Choice-
“Tim Farmer as scrooge/Stage Manager is absolutely marvelous as he changes from one character to another and within the transitions of Scrooge.” –David J. DePino, Compass Entertainment

Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore
Opened February 11, 1993

Awards
1 Drama-Logue Award, “Critic’s Choice” – LA Times
“Another stellar production by this true theater company that continues to grow and bloom.” –Madeleine Shaner, Bital Brith Messenger
“The entire cast is splendid with a special bow to Kristina Lankford as Barbara… Her performance is extraordinary.” –David J. DePino, Entertianment
“Director Mark Henderson mutes the potential melodrama, subtly maintaining suspense around habitual routine. The production design is the equal of any Equity contract production. Tim Farmer’s realistic kitchen and living room, Russell Pyle’s suggestive lighting, and Alan Falkner’s sound effects combine with a first-class ensemble to change the intimate Crossley Theatre into a house of secrets.” –Richard Stayton, LA Times

Into the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine
Opened May 13, 1994

Awards
8 Drama-Logue Awards (including direction and production), 3 Ovation Award Nominations (including Best Musical – Smaller Theatre)
LA Weekly award nomination?
Critic’s Choice: LA Times, Drama-Logue, Backstage West, LA Weekly

The 1940’s Radio Hour By Walton Jones
Opened October 21, 1994

Awards
4 Drama-Logue Awards, “Critic’s Choice” – LA Times, 8 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award nominations; 3 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award wins; 1 Ovation Award Nomination (Best Musical – Smaller Theatre)

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
Opened February 17, 1995

Awards
Critic’s choice & Best of the weekend “Captures the bold metaphors along with its pathos, austerity, and wry humor.” LA Times; Critic’s Choice “Superior production.” Drama-Logue; Critic’s Pick “Poignant and powerful.” Backstage West

Tartuffe by Moliere
Opened May 12, 1995

Awards
1 Drama-Logue Award; “Critic’s Choice” – LA Reader; “Critic’s Pick” – Backstage West

The Trip To Bountiful by Horton Foote
Opened September 29, 1995

Awards
Critic’s Choice: LA Times, LA Reader, LA Weekly, Backstage West
1 Drama-Logue Award

Guys and Dolls
Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser, Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Opened November 10, 1995

Awards
Drama-Logue Awards

1996 – 2000

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
Opened February 23, 1996

Awards
Critic’s Pick – Backstage West “Brilliantly subtle, thoughtfully delicate production . . . talented ensemble.” Backstage West
“Ibsen would have been proud.” Santa Monica Outlook;
This production’s strength lies in its fine ensemble and director Elaine Welton Hill’s clear understanding of what is at the heart of this play.” Drama-Logue

Light up the Sky by Moss Hart
Opened April 26, 1996

Awards
4 Drama-Logue Awards; 1 LA Drama Critics Circle Award nomination (Elaine Welton Hill)
Critic’s Choice: LA Times, Drama-Logue, Backstage West, LA Weekly

Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling
Opened October 4, 1996

Awards

Drama-Logue Award – Best Ensemble
Pick of the Week – LA Weekly “thoroughly professional effort . . . stage[d] with precision, bringing out every character and comic moment.”
“In this sumptuous send up, you could even swear you detect the scent of the hairspray.” Drama-Logue
Critic’s Choice – LA Times “frequently performed, but seldom as well as the deeply affecting production from Actors Co-op.” “Seamless cast” LA Times
Critic’s Pick- Backstage West “Beautifully rendered . . . marvelous direction . . . wonderfully colorful set . . . The entire cast shines in its ability to move from comedy to tragedy in the bat of an eye.”

She Loves Me
Music by Jerry Bock and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Book by Joe Masteroff
Opened November 2, 1996

Awards
4 nominations LA Drama Critic’s Circle Awards: Costume Design – Shon LeBlanc and A. Jeffrey Schoenberg; Choreography – Chris Salmon; Featured Performance – Tom Hillmann (WIN); Scenic Design – Alex Grayman
9 Drama-Logue Awards, Critic’s Choice Drama-Logue “Impeccable production.”
LA Weekly Award Best Director – Bonnie Hellman (WIN), Pick of the Week, LA Weekly Nomination: Musical of the Year, Costume Design – Shon Le Blanc * A. Jeffrey Schoenberg
Ovation Award Nomination: Best Musical (Smaller Theatre)
Ovation Award Nomination:  Female Performance in a Musical (Treva Tegtmeier)
“Lovingly brought to life by Actors Co-op, under the insightful direction of Bonnie Hellman and an outstanding ensemble.” Daily Variety

FEBRUARY 1997 – MARGARET HARFORD AWARD FOR SUSTAINED ACHIEVEMENT IN SMALLER THEATRE. (LADCC)

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Opened April 25, 1997

Awards
Drama-Logue Award (Marc Elmer), Costumes (Shon LeBlanc)
Critic’s Choice – Drama-Logue “A comedic gem of sparkling wit and gentle satire . . . a lesson in how to do it.”
Recommended – LA Weekly “An accomplished production . . .lively and quite funny . . . handled with aplomb by all!”
“Wonderfully amusing” It’s Showtime

The Voice of the Prairie by John Olive
Opened April 4, 1997

Awards
7 Drama-Logue Awards
Critic’s Choice – Drama-Logue “Stunning! ‘Prairie’ pulls at your heartstrings and sends your heart soaring . . . this Actors Co-op production radiates like a burnished tone poem!”
Critic’s Pick – Backstage West “A glorious production . . . this tight ensemble shines . . . expert set and lighting design!”

Terra Nova by Ted Tally
Opened September 19, 1997

Awards
LA Weekly nomination – Best revival
10 Drama-Logue Awards
Critic’s Choice: LA Times, Drama-Logue LA Weekly; Backstage West
“Seamless revival!” LA Times; “Sterling company . . . superlative performances!” Drama-Logue; “Emotionally charged . . thought-provoking evening of theatre . . absolutely seamless cast . . . directed with grace, fluidity and profound sensitivity.” Backstage West
Top Ten Pick of the year – Jana J. Monji LA Times

The Octette Bridge Club by P.J. Barry
Opened October 17, 1997 – February 1, 1998 (dark 12/22-1/15/98)

Awards
“Strong and endearing performances.” Drama-Logue
“Lovely performances” Park LaBrea News
“The cast is marvelous.” It’s Showtime

Damn Yankees
Music & Lyrics by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross,
Book by George Abbott & Douglass Wallop
Opened March 6, 1998 – June 28, 1998

Awards
Critic’s Choice – Drama-Logue; Critic’s Pick – Backstage West; Recommended – LA Weekly
“Stellar production” For Plays and Players; “Actors Co-op hits a home-run” Backstage West; “A charming winner” LA Times

The Enchanted Cottage by Sir Arthur Pinero
Opened April 17, 1998

Awards
Garland Award – Scenic Design Mark Henderson and Tim Farmer (Set to Go)
Critic’s Pick – Backstage West “Actors Co-op has unleashed magic . . . shows its audience love conquers all.”
Best Bet – LA Times “miraculous healing and happiness under the eaves . . . handsome, well-crafted production . . . strong performances and commitment to simple heartfelt truths.”
Critic’s Choice – Drama-Logue “first rate, impressive.”
LA Weekly Nomination – Supporting actor Robert Daniels

ACTORS CO-OP SUSTAINED ACHIEVEMENT HONORABLE MENTION BACKSTAGE WEST 1999

Something’s Afoot
By James McDonald, David Vos & Robert Gerlach, Additional Music by Ed Linderman
Opened September 25, 1998

Awards
Critic’s Choice: LA Times, Backstage West, Drama-Logue
Garland Award – Scenic Design Mark Henderson and Tim Farmer (Sets to Go)
Backstage West Honorable Mention – Sound Design, Peter Stenshoel

Edith Stein by Arthur Giron
Opened October 23, 1998

Awards
Critic’s Pick – Backstage West “Superb cast . . . creatively dreicted . . . a many splendored triumph.” Backstage West. Honorable Mention: Performance – Zena Dell Schroeder and Pepper Sweeney; Direction – Mark Henderson
Garland Award – Costume Design – Shon LeBlanc
“Serious, well-crafted staging.” LA Times “History wonderfully presented.” Outerdrive Production.

The Curious Savage by John Patrick
Opened March 5, 1999 – May 9, 1999

Awards
Pick of the Week – LA Weekly “Stellar cast . . . eliciting tears and cheers for the hapless, heroic underdogs”;
“Delightful . . . seamless . . . the entire cast is solid.” Backstage West;
“Impressive staging” LA Times

Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer
Opened April 16, 1999

Awards
Pick of the Week – LA Weekly, 1999
“A delightful and near–perfect production. Elaine Welton Hill simply dazzles.” LA Weekly
“Crisp, funny and delightfully wacky, the entire production is first rate!” Showmag.com

You Can’t Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Opened September 1999

Recommended – LA Weekly
Winner of 10 Maddie Awards (Madeliene Shaner)

The Fantasticks by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
Opened October 1999

Critic’s Pick – Backstage West
Listed as Top Ten production of 1999 IN LA Magazine

The Foreigner by Larry Shue
Opened February 2000

Ovation Nomination – Lead Actor in a play Ted Rooney
Ovation Nomination – Featured Actress in a play Brenda Ballard
“Excellent good fun! Handsomely mounted production. Vivid and multi-dimensional character while also making us laugh ourselves to tears!” Backstage West
“Hilarious comedy! One can see why Actors Co-op is an award-winning company. A delight to watch . . . a hoot!” University Times
“Actors Co-op always manages to stage accomplished entertainments and this production is no exception.” NoHo News

The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
Opened April 2000

Pick of the Week – LA Weekly
LA Weekly Nomination Production of the Year
LA Weekly Nomination Support Female Performance Marianne Savell – WIN
LA Weekly Nomination Direction Diane Venora
LA Weekly Nomination Set Design Gary Lee Reed

Godspell
Opened September 2000

Critic’s Pick – Backstage West
Recommended – LA Weekly
LA Weekly Nomination Musical of the Year
LA Weekly Nomination Music/Vocal Direction Dana Bisignano
LA Weekly Nomination Choreography Cate Caplin
LA Drama Critic’s Award Nomination: Choreography Cate Caplin (LA Times, 2/28/01)
Robby Award Nomination – Gary Lee Reed, Director; John Allsopp, Lead Actor
”Not a weak link in the spirited cast.” Backstage West
“The supercharged performers. . . imaginative choreography . . . ingeniously updated.” LA Times
“Compelling . . . Performed by a Christian theatre troupe, the show is cast with committed believers, and their palpable faith permeates every line and song with an appealing resonance that transcends any formal religious doctrine.” LA Weekly

The Hasty Heart
Opened October 20, 2000 – December 17, 2000

Recommended – LA Weekly “Actors Co-op continues an impressive run of terrific work with this vibrant revival.”
LA Weekly Nomination –Best Actor Stephen Van Dorn
Three Maddie Awards – Tim Woodward (performance)
Stephen Van Dorn (performance)
Pepper Sweeney (direction)
Marianne Savell (performance)
Backstage West Honorable Mention – Stephen Van Dorn (performance)
“Enthralling revival” IN/LA Magazine
“See . . . or else!” Park LaBrea

2001 – 2005

Wait Until Dark
Opened February 23, 2001 – May 13, 2001

Ovation Nomination – Best Supporting Actor Brenda Ballard
“This staging deserves attention. Worth the wait.” Sun Newspaper
“Strong and talented cast.” University Times
“Expertly appointed and compellingly performed.” IN/LA Magazine

As You Like It
Opened April 6, 2001 – June 3, 2001

Critic’s Pick – Backstage West
Backstage West Honorable Mention – Nan McNamara (role of Rosalind)
Backstage West Honorable Mention – J. Kent Inasy (lighting)
Backstage West Honorable Mention – A. Laura Brody (costumes)
Backstage West Honorable Mention – Julietta Marcelli (Choreography)
3 Maddie Awards – Nan McNamara (Rosalind), Tim Woodward (Touchstone), Joel Swetow (Director)
“Sparkling ensemble. Treatment, design, elements and acting that make this [production] irresistible . . . creative direction.” Backstage West

Little Shop of Horrors
Opened September 2001

Critic’s Choice – Showmag.com
Ovation Nomination – Bobbie Bingham (set)
Shon LeBlanc (costumes)

The Devil’s Disciple
Opened October 2001

Critic’s Choice –Backstage West
Recommended – LA Weekly
Backstage West Honorable Mention – Annie Gagen (role of Mrs. Dudgeon)
Shon Leblanc (costumes –2)
1 Maddie Award – Ted Rooney

FOOLS
Opened February 22, 2002

Critic’s Choice – Backstage West
Recommended – LA Weekly
Ovation nomination – Bobbie Bingham (Set)
Garland Awards Honorable Mention – Henry Polic II (Directing)
Backstage West Critics List/Wenzel Jones – Robert Bingham (set)
Backstage West Critics List/Wenzel Jones – Dana Litwack (costumes)
Backstage West Critics List/Polly Warfield – Production

All My Sons
Opened April 12, 2002

Maddie Awards – Kevin R. Kelley (director)
David Schall (actor)
Bonnie Bailey-Reed (actor)
Garland Awards Honorable Mention – David Schall (actor)
Backstage West Critics List/Madeline Shaner – Production
-Kevin Kelley (Director)
-Sydney Litwack (Set)
-A. Laura Brody (Costume)
-Bonnie Bailey-Reed (actor)

2002-2003 Season “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Dreams”

Man of La Mancha
Opened September 20, 2002

Bullshot Crummond
Opened October 25, 2002

Backstage West Critics Pick
LA Weekly Recommended
Maddie Awards – Henry Polic II (director)
Tim Woodward (actor)
Joe Yakovetic (set)
Garland Awards Honorable Mention – Ken Merckx (fights)
Backstage West Critics List/Madeline Shaner – Joe Yakovetic (set)

As It Is In Heaven (west coast premiere)
Opened February 21, 2003

Critics Choice LA TIMES
Pick of the Week/Recommended LA WEEKLY
Critics Pick BACKSTAGE WEST
LA TIMES: Feature Article
LA WEEKLY: Feature Article
Critic’s Pick DAILY VARIETY
KCRW radio interview w/Julio Martinez
MADDY AWARDS:
Production of the Year
Directing: Marianne Savell
Lighting: Bill E. Kickbush
Musical Direction: David O.
Performance: Lori Berg & Bonnie Bailey-Reed
Backstage West Critics List/Madeline Shaner – Production & Ensemble
-Marianne Savell (Director)
-David O (Musical Score & Direction)
-Bill E. Kickbush (Lighting)
LA Drama Critics Circle nomination: Ensemble

Uncle Vanya
Opened April 11, 2003

Critics Choice LA TIMES
Recommended LA WEEKLY
Backstage West Critics List/Brad Schrieber-
-Ensemble
-Ted Rooney (Performance)
Backstage West Critics List/George Weinberg-Harter
-Ensemble
LA Weekly Award nomination: Best Actor, Ted Rooney

2003-2004 Season “Piercing the Darkness”

Lights (world premiere)
Opened September 19, 2003

First World Premiere on main stage
Recommended LA TIMES
Recommended LA WEEKLY

Translations
Opened October 24, 2003

Recommended LA WEEKLY
Critics Pick BACKSTAGE WEST

The Spitfire Grill
Opened February 27, 2004

OVATION NOMINATION for Musical in a Small Theatre
Critics Choice LA TIMES
Recommended LA WEEKLY

Twelfth Night
Opened April 2, 2004

Recommended LA TIMES
Recommended LA WEEKLY

2004-2005 Season “On the Cliff’s Edge”

The Most Happy Fella
Opened September 24, 2004

Recommended LA Weekly
Critic’s Choice Showmag.com

Angel Street
Opened October 22, 2004

Critic’s Pick BACKSTAGE WEST
Garland Awards Critic’s Lists:
Madeleine Shaner
Direction: Marianne Savell
Scenic Design: Renee Hoss-Johnson
Lighting Design: Bill E. Kickbush
Costume Design: Paula Post
Performance: Nancy Little
Maddy Awards 2004
Direction: Marianne Savell
Set Design: Renee Hoss-Johnson
Lighting Design: Bill E. Kickbush
Costume Design: Paula Post
Performance: Nancy Little
Performance: Cynthia Sanders

Shooting Stars
Opened February 25, 2005

RECOMMENDED! LA Weekly

The Habitation of Dragons
Opened April 8, 2005

CRITIC’S PICK! LA Times
PICK OF THE WEEK/RECOMMENDED! LA Weekly
CRITIC’S PICK! ReviewPlays.com
RECOMMENDED! Metro LA
LA TIMES FEATURE ARTICLE w/ Horton Foote
BACKSTAGE WEST FEATURE ARTICLE w/Cameron Watson

All I Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
Opened September 23, 2005

The Boys Next Door
Opened October 21, 2005

CRITIC’S CHOICE! LA Times
CRITIC’S PICK! Backstage West

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show
Opened November 25, 2005

2006 – 2010

Into The Woods
Opened February 24, 2006

LA Weekly Award, Best Musical Performance: Linda Kerns

LA Weekly Award, Nomination Musical Performance:  Callan White

The Nerd
Opened April 7, 2006

The Nibroc Trilogy:
Last Train to Nibroc
See Rock City
Gulf View Drive
Opened September 8, 2006

CRITIC’S CHOICE! LA Times
RECOMMENDED! LA Weekly
CRITIC’S CHOICE! Backstage West
LA Weekly Award, Best Supporting Actress See Rock City: Bonnie Bailey-Reed
LA Weekly Award, Best Ensemble The Nibroc Trilogy: Staci Armao, Gary Clemmer, Bonnie Bailey-Reed, Linda Kerns, Deborah Meier
Garland Award Honorable Mention, Direction of Plays: Nan McNamara and Marianne Savell

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
December, 2007

Woman in Black
February 9, 2007

The Skin of Our Teeth
March 2, 2007

Tales of Tinseltown
May 11, 2007

Ovation Award Nomination: Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Gina D’Acciaro)

The God Committee
October 12, 2007

CRITIC’S CHOICE! LA Times

A Hollywood Christmas
Opened December 5, 2007

1776
Opened February 8, 2008

LA Weekly Award Nominations:
Musical of the Year, Direction of a Musical (Richard Israel), Musical Direction (Johanna Kent), Musical Ensemble (Tad Atkinson, Ryan Beringer, Gary Clemmer, Gus Corrado, Michael Downing, Tim Farmer, Stephen Folds, Anthony Gruppuso, Ben Hensley, Jim Kelly, Bruce Ladd, Larry Lederman, Matt Lutz, Carl Moebus, Michael Mulligan, David Nadeau, Mark Parker, Don Robb, David Scales, Leslie Spencer Smith, Brian Sparrow, Ronnie Steadman, Gary Steelman, Mark Stephenson, Stephen Van Dor, Erika Whalen)

Ovation Award Nomination: Costume Design (A. Jeffrey Schoenberg)

Crime and Punishment
Opened February 29, 2008

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award Nomination: Writing/Adaptation (Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus)

Ovation Award Nominations: Lighting Design (Jeremy Pivnick), Set Design (Helen Harwell), Sound Design (Ken Sawyer)

LA Weekly Award Nominations:
Leading Male Performance (Ben Hunter), Supporting Male Performance (Paul Witten), Production Design (Helen Harwell)

The Glass Menagerie
Opened May 2, 2008

CRITIC’S CHOICE! LA Times
GO! LA Weekly
LA STAGE Feature Article – Director Brian Kite

The Elephant Man (REVIVAL)
Opened September 26, 2008

Awards

Best Performance by a Lead Actor – Drama (Ronnie Steadman) StageSceneLA.com

Outstanding Achievement by a Lead Actor – Drama (Bill Mendieta) StageSceneLA.com

Leading Ladies
Opened October 10, 2008

Outstanding Achievement by a Lead Actress in a Comedy (Karla Droege) StageSceneLA.com

Makin’ Hay (World Premiere)
Opened 27, 2009

Lighting Designer of the Year (Jared A. Sayeg) StageSceneLA.com

Set Designer of the Year (Stephen Gifford) StageSceneLA.com

The Crucible
By Arthur Miller
Opened May 1, 2009

GO! LA Weekly

Awards

StageSceneL.A. – Best Performance by a Featured Actor – Drama (Daniel J. Roberts)

StageSceneL.A. – Best Performance by a Featured Actress – Drama (Nicole Gabriella Scipione)

LA Weekly Award Nominations:

Marianne Savell, Director

Daniel J. Roberts, Best Support Male Actor

Gary Clemmer, Best Supporting Male Actor

18th Anniversary Season 2009-2010

 

BIG RIVER

Opened September 25, 2009

Ovation Award Nomination:  Vicki Conrad, Best Costume Design

SHERLOCK’S LAST CASE

Opened October 16, 2009

Maddie Awards:  Steven Van Dorn and Steve Gustafson

 

THE FREDDY WYATT CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

Opened December 2, 2009

 

WIT
by Margaret Edson

Opened February 19, 2010

GO!  LA Weekly

Critic’s Choice Backstage West

AWARDS:

Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Award Nomination, Best Director – Marianne Savell

Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Award Nomination, Best Lighting Design – James L. Moody

Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Award Winner, Lead Performance – Nan McNamara

Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Award Nominee – Best Production

LA WEEKLY AWARDS:

Lead Female Performance – Nan McNamara (win)

Revival Production of the Year  – WIT (win)

 

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

Opened April 23, 2010

 

19th Anniversary Season  2010-2011 Season

 

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Opened September 17, 2010

GO!  LA Weekly

Critic’s Pick – Backstage West

WOW!  StageSceneLA.com

AWARDS:

Director of the Year – Richard Israel – StageSceneLA.com

Set Designer of the Year – Stephen Gifford – StageSceneLA.com

Outstanding Ensemble Cast Lead Performance/Musical: Matt Bauer, Brent Schindele, Leslie Spencer – StageSceneLA.com

Best Costume Design: Sharon McGunigle – StageSceneLA.com

Best Lighting Design: Lisa D. Katz – StageSceneLA.com

Best Performance by a Featured Actress/Musical: Gina D’Acciaro – StageSceneLA.com

Outstanding Production, Musical – StageSceneLA.com

 

GOD’S FAVORITE

Opened October 8, 2010

AWARDS:

Best Performance Lead Actor Comedy – Steve Gustafson:  StageSceneLA.com

Best Performance by a Featured Actress/Comedy – Rebecca Hayes: StageSceneLA.com

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION, COMEDY – StageSceneLA.com

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A COMEDY – Greg Zerkle, StageSceneLA.com

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR/COMEDY – Greg Baldwin, StageSceneLA.com

BEST SCENIC DESIGN – Mark Svastics, StageSceneLA.com

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN – Vicki Conrad, StageSceneLA.com

 

2011 – current

KING LEAR

Opened February 25, 2011

Critic’s Pick – Backstage West

 

THE TRAVELING LADY (revival)

Opened May 6, 2011
Ovation Recommended

Critic’s Choice – LA Times

WOW!  StageSceneLA.com

AWARDS:

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION, DRAMA – StageSceneLA.com

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A DRAMA – Linda Kerns – StageSceneLA.com

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST PERFORMANCE/DRAMA – StageSceneLA.com

David Atkinson, Brenda Ballard, Tara Battani, Lori Berg, Susan Carol Davis, Tim Farmer, Michaela Rose Haas, Rebecca Hayes,  J.Scott Shonka

BEST SCENIC DESIGN – Mark Svastics, StageSceneLA.com

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN – Vicki Conrad, StageSceneLA.com

 

20th Anniversary Season 2011-2012

 

THE 1940’S RADIO HOUR

Opened September 23, 2011

AWARDS:

NAACP Award Nominees:

BEST LIGHTING – EQUITY, James L. Moody

BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR – EQUITY – Linda Kerns

LEADING ACTRESS – EQUITY – Kimi Walker

BEST SOUND – EQUITY – Fritz Davis

 

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Opened October 14, 2011

Critic’s Pick – Backstage West

GO!  LA Weekly

AWARDS:

NAACP Award Nominee:  J. Kent Inacy

 

YOURS, ISABEL (American Premiere)

Opened February 3, 2012

GO!  LA Weekly

WOW!  StageSceneLA.com

AWARDS:

Best Production – Comedy/Drama – StageSceneLA.com

Best Direction of a Drama (Marianne Savell) – StageSceneLA.com

Best Duo Performances – Play (Heather Chesley, Rick Marcus) – StageSceneLA.com

Outstanding Sound Design – Marianne Savell – StageSceneLA.com

 

LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

Opened March 16, 2012

GO!  LA Weekly

WOW!  StageSceneLA.com

AWARDS:

Best Direction of a Comedy/Drama (Marianne Savell) – StageSceneLA.com

Best Performance by a Lead Actor – Drama (Bruce Ladd) – StageSceneLA.com

Best Performance by a Lead Actress – Drama (Nan McNamara) – StageSceneLA.com

Best Performance by a Featured Actor – Drama (Daniel J. Roberts, David Scales) – StageSceneLA.com

Outstanding Costume Design – Paula Higgins – StageSceneLA.com

Oustanding Scene Design – Gary Lee Reed – StageSceneLA.com

Outstanding Sound Design – Marianne Savell – StageSceneLA.com

 

THE LEARNED LADIES

Opened May 11, 2012

Critic’s Pick – Backstage West

Pick of the Week – LA Weekly

WOW!  StageSceneLA.com

AWARDS:

Ovation Award Nomination – Costume Design, Vicky Conrad

LA Weekly Award Nomination and WIN – Costume Design, Vicky Conrad

LA Weekly Award Nomination – Best Supporting Actor, William Bower

Best Direction of a Comedy (Heather Chesley) – StageSceneLA.com

Best Ensemble Cast Performance – Comedy (Lori Berg, William Bower, Thomas Chavira, Phil Crowley, Michael Dye, Tannis Hanson, Rhonda Kohl, Deborah Marlowe, Rory Patterson, Daniel J. Roberts, Stephen Van Dorn) – StageSceneLA.com

Best Performance by a Featured Actor – Comedy (William Bower) – StageSceneLA.com

Best Performance by a Featured Actor – Comedy (Stephen Van Dorn) – StageSceneLA.com

Best Performance by a Featured Actress – Comedy (Rhonda Kohl) – StageSceneLA.com

Best Wig Design – Krys Fehervari – StageSceneLA.com

Best Lighting Design – Lisa D. Katz – StageSceneLA.com

 

2012-2013 SEASON

BroadwayWorld.com Award Nomination for Favorite Local Theater Company

THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND

Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Opened September 7, 2012

GO!  LA Weekly

WOW!  StageSceneLA.com

AWARDS:

Broadway World Award Nominations:

Gina D’Acciaro (Best Actress in a Musical),

Michael D’elia (Best Actor in a Musical),

Robert Marra (Best Direction& Choreography of a Musical),

Andy Hammer (Best Set Design),

Best Production (The World Goes ‘Round)

 

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

by Agatha Christie

Opened October 12, 2012

Ovation! Recommended

GO!  LA Weekly

WOW!  StageSceneLA.com

 

TO BE YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK

by Lorraine Hansberry

Opened February 8, 2013

 

THE MIRACLE WORKER

By William Gibson

Opened April 12, 2013

GO!  LA Weekly

 

THE MATCHMAKER

by Thornton Wilder

Opened May 10, 2013

GO!  LA Weekly

WOW!  StageSceneLA.com

2013-2014 Season

Ovation Nomination Best Season

AH, WILDERNESS!

By Eugene O’Neill

Opened September 6, 2013

Ovation Nomination – Costume Design – Shon LeBlanc

Sage Award (ArtsInLA.com) – Best Production 

Sage Award (ArtsInLA.com) – Performance – Phil Crowley

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

Opened October 11, 2013

LA Weekly Nomination for Best Lighting Design (Pablo Santiago)

LA Weekly Nomination for Best Sound Design (Austin Quan)

Ovation Nomination Best Sound Design (Austin Quan)

Actors Co-op is awarded the Polly Warfield Award by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for Best Season in a Small to Mid-size theatre for shows produced in 2013.

GOING TO ST. IVES

by Lee Blessing

Opened February 14, 2014

StageRaw.com Nomination Performance – Inger Tudor

LEND ME A TENOR

by Ken Ludwig

Opened March 21, 2014

Ovation Nomination – Costume Design – Wendell Carmichael

110 IN THE SHADE

Book by N. Richard Nash, Music by Harvey Schmidt, Lyrics by Tom Jones

Opened May 9, 2014

Ovation WIN – Best Musical Intimate Theatre

Ovation Nomination – Best Director – Richard Israel

Robby Nomination – Best Actress in a Musical – Treva Tegtmeier

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD

A musical by Rupert Holmes

Opened September 19, 2014

Ovation Award Nomination – Production of a Musical (Intimate Theatre)

Ovation Award Nomination and WIN – Costume Design (Intimate Theatre) – Vicki Conrad

Robby Nomination – Best Choreography – Julie Hall

Robby Nomination – Best Costume Design – Vicki Conrad

Sage Award (ArtsInLA.com) Musical Direction – Jake Anthony

Sage Award (ArtsInLA.com) Choreography – Julie Hall

Sage Award (ArtsInLA.com) Performance in a Musical – Peter Allen Vogt

StageRaw.com Nomination Performance in a Musical – Peter Allen Vogt

THE DIVINERS

by Jim Leonard, Jr.

Opened October 17, 2014

Robby Nomination – Best Actor in a Drama – Clay Bunker

Robby Nomination – Best Supporting Actress in a Drama – Ivy Beech

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

by Helen Jerome Adapted from the Novel by Jane Austen

Opened February 6, 2015

MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA!

by Athol Fugard

Opened March 20, 2015

NAACP Award – Sound Design (Local) – Warren Davis

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

Opened May 8, 2015

Robby Award Nomination – Carole Cook Award for Best Comedy

Robby Award Nomination – Ron Link Award for Best Director of a Comedy – Rhonda Kohl

Robby Award Nomination – Best Scenic Design – David Goldstein

Robby Award Nomination – Best Ensemble – Eva Abramian, Andrew Carter, Kevin Coubal, Philip Kreyche, Bruce Ladd

THE BAKER’S WIFE

Book by Joseph Stein, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Opened September 18, 2015

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

Adapted by Tim Kelly from the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Opened October 16, 2015

SUMMER AND SMOKE

by Tennessee Williams

Opened March 4, 2016

Los Angeles Times Critic’s Choice

StageRaw Nomination – Lead Female Performance:  Tara Battani

DANCING AT LUGHNASA

by Brian Friel

Opened May 6, 2016

Robby Award Nominations:
Best Drama Production
Best Director of a Drama (Heather Chesley)
Best Ensemble (Mark Bramhall, Tannis Hanson, Nan McNamara, Rory Patterson, Maurie Speed, Lauren Thompson, Stephen Van Dorn)

 

25th Anniversary Season

OUR TOWN

by Thornton Wilder

Opened September 16, 2016

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

by Jeffrey Hatcher
from the story by Henry James

Opened October 14, 2016

Ovation Recommended

33 Variations

by Moises Kaufman

Opened February 10, 2017

Los Angeles Times Critic’s Choice

Ovation Recommended

StageRaw Top Ten and Recommended

CAT’S PAW

by William Mastrosimone

Opened March 24, 2017

LUCKY STIFF

Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty

Opened May 12, 2017

Ovation Recommended

StageRaw Top Ten and Recommended

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