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Celebration Theatre
Background information
Name: Celebration Theatre
Formed: 1982
Location(s): 7051 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90038
Notable members: Michael A. Shepperd, Artistic Director
Genre(s): LGBT theatre

The Celebration Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre company in Los Angeles, founded in 1982. The company is located in West Hollywood, on the west end of Theatre Row, and specializes in works representing the Gay and Lesbian experience.



Celebration Theatre was founded in 1982 by Charles Rowland, who leased a storefront in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, to start a company dedicated to producing gay-themed material. In 1993, Robert Schrock took over as artistic director and moved the company to a 99-seat Equity waiver space in West Hollywood. Since 1999, Schrock has been succeeded by Richard Israel, Derek Charles Livingston, and Michael Matthews.[1] In 2008, Michael A. Shepperd was appointed and is the current Managing Artistic Director.[2]


"Celebration Theatre is a company of artists dedicated to creating a dynamic outlet for progressive gay and lesbian voices in contemporary theater and performance in Los Angeles. We intend to create a broader involvement in our community, conduct a rigorous exploration of our society's changing sentiments and values, and share these explorations with a wider audience."[3]


  • R. Christofer Sands, 2002 Ovation Award - Lead Actor in a Musical, Pinafore![4]
  • Play it Cool, 2006 Ovation nomination - World Premiere Musical
  • Jessica Sheridan, 2006 Ovation nomination - Lead Actress in a Musical, Play it Cool
  • Louis Durra, 2006 Ovation nomination - Musical Direction, Play it Cool[5]
  • The Bacchae, 2007 Ovation nomination - Play Production, Intimate Theater
  • Beautiful Thing, 2007 Ovation nomination - Play Production, Intimate Theater
  • Michael Matthews, 2007 Ovation nomination - Direction of a Play, The Bacchae
  • Michael Matthews, 2007 Ovation nomination - Direction of a Play, Beautiful Thing
  • Tim Swiss, 2007 Ovation nomination - Lighting Design, Intimate Theater, The Bacchae
  • Cricket Myers, 2007 Ovation nomination - Sound Design, Intimate Theater, The Bacchae[6]
  • Francesca Casale, 2008 Ovation nominee - Featured Actess in a Play, The Fastest Clock in the Universe[7]

Current season

  • The Daddy Machine, Book by Patricia Laughrey, Music and Lyrics by Rayme Sciaroni - October 18 - December 20, 2008
  • Porcelain, by Chay Yew - October 10 - November 16, 2008


  1. ^ "Celebration Theatre Launches 25th Season" in Backstage Bulletins - Back Stage, Oct. 11, 2007; by Les Spindle
  2. ^ "Celebration Theatre names new Artistic Director" by Darren Schroader on LA Stage Blog, Aug. 5, 2008
  3. ^ "Our Mission" on Celebrations Theatre website
  4. ^ 2002 Ovation Award winners announced, Nov. 25, 2002 (pdf)
  5. ^ 2006 Ovation nominees announced on TheatreMania online, Sept. 25, 2006
  6. ^ 2007 Ovation nominations announced in Los Angeles Times - Sept. 25, 2007
  7. ^ 2008 Ovation nominees announced on Variety online, Sep. 23, 2008

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