MTJA

The Marquee Theater Journalists Association was founded in 2015 by Sonoma County-based theater journalists David Templeton and Harry Duke with the intent of developing a critically-based awards program to acknowledge outstanding work done by the local theater community. Its name is a tribute to the fondly remembered and well-regarded Marquee Theater of Santa Rosa where many local artists honed their craft.

MTJA members commit to regularly attend and evaluate productions of a variety of genres produced throughout the county. Current members include the North Bay Bohemian‘s Harry Duke, the Sonoma County Gazette’s Jeanie K. Smith, and Aisle Seat Review‘s Nicole Singley and Barry Willis. All are also members of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle as well as the American Theatre Critics Association.

From its inception, the Marquee Theater Journalists Association took a non-traditional approach to its awards system in comparison to most other programs. The MTJA Awards recognize four types of plays – solo, comedy, drama, and musical – and was the first theater awards program in California to utilize non-gender-specific performance categories. The Awards acknowledge Outstanding Lead and Outstanding Supporting Performances by genre. There are a total of eighteen award categories that recognize outstanding performances, productions, stagecraft, and poster/program design with the nominees and recipients determined via a ranked-choice voting system.

The MTJA Awards Ceremony is traditionally a low-key, casual mixer held at a centrally-located “public house” which gives the theatre community an opportunity to gather, share beverages, catch up with each other, and celebrate all the work done in the previous year.

Click the ticket graphics below for complete listings of the nominees and recipients by year. Below each graphic are links to photos from each Awards Ceremony and a gallery of program covers for each season’s productions.

2020

Members – Harry Duke, Nicole Singley, Jeanie K. Smith, Barry WillisNo event scheduled due to pandemic. Recipients were announced on-line on October 28, 2020.

Click HERE for the streaming Awards announcement.

Click HERE for 2019/2020 Season Productions Gallery

2019

Members – Alexa Chipman, Harry Duke, Nicole Singley, Jeanie K. Smith, Barry Willis

Click HERE for 2019 Event Images

Click HERE for 2018/2019 Season Productions Gallery

2018

Members – Alexa Chipman, Harry Duke, Nicole Singley, Jeanie K. Smith, Barry WillisClick HERE for 2018 Event Images

Click HERE for 2017/2018 Season Productions Gallery

2017   

Members – Alexa Chipman, Harry Duke, David Templeton, Barry WillisClick HERE for 2017 Event Images

Click HERE for 2016/2017 Season Productions Gallery

2016

Members – Alexa Chipman, Harry Duke, David Templeton, Barry Willis

Click HERE for 2016 Event Images

Click HERE for 2015/2016 Season Productions Gallery