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Palo Alto Players, TheatreWorks, among Theatre Bay Area Awards winners

Palo Alto Players, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and Broadway by the Bay were among the local theater companies honored this week at the annual Theatre Bay Area Awards, which are selected by members of the Bay Area theater community. The award categories are divided into tiers, based on theater companies' operating budgets and use of equity talent.

Tim Lutkin won for best lighting design (tier one) for TheatreWorks' "The Life of the Party," while Michael Oesch won for Broadway by the Bay's "Next to Normal" in tier two. Damian Humbley won for Outstanding Male Actor in a Principal Role in a Musical, also for "The Life of the Party." Hilary Maiberger, also representing TheatreWorks, won for Outstanding Female Actor in a Principal Role in a Musical for "Daddy Long Legs," and Theatreworks founder Robert Kelley won for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for the same production. TheatreWorks also won for Outstanding World Premiere Musical for "The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga," by Min Kahng.

Roneet Aliza Rahamim won Outstanding Female Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for her performance in "The Diary of Anne Frank" with Palo Alto Players.

A complete list of winners can be found on the TBA website.

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