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Troubadour Theater Company

Troubadour Theater Company is a free-wheeling, no holds barred, Commedia Del Arte flavored, slapstick driven Los Angeles based ensemble of actors, musicians, and comedians that has been performing for audiences throughout Southern California and beyond since 1995. Their fast-paced, laugh-filled, loose adaptations (some of the lines are still there) of classic plays, literature and film, as well as their original productions make this company a unique and exciting experience for theater-goers of any age.

The Troubies, as they are affectionately called, have performed charitably for many causes including animal conservation, adult rehabilitation, AIDS awareness, California Literacy Night for LAUSD, children with autism and other youth programs. Troubadour members have professional experience as writers, directors, and performers for film, television, theater, orchestra and circus.

In its adaptations of classic and modern content, Troubadour has combined the beauty of the text with diverse physicality and movement, comic routines, and musical numbers. Improvisation plays a large part as audience members are called upon to help erect the set, sing along, and even enlisted to play parts! Never the same show twice! In recent years the Troubies have put their spin on all genres of classic tales, such as A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream, Fleetwood MacBeth, Hamlet the Artist Formerly Known as Prince of Denmark and Frosty the Snow Manilow.  And thanks to its commissions from the Getty Villa, the Troubies have branched out to the Roman and Greek classic plays most notable adapting and creating Oedipus the King, Mama (with music from Elvis) and ABBAmemnon (with music from Abba) for the Villa’s Classical Lab Series.

Troubadour Theater Company was one of five arts organizations selected by the Santa Monica City Council to program youth entertainment at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica. The Troubies' travels have grown each year to include theaters in Hollwood (The Ford Amphitheatre, The Roxy on Sunset, The Matrix Theatre), Santa Monica (The Miles Memorial Playhouse), Malibu (The Getty Villa), Burbank (The Falcon Theatre), La Mirada (La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts), Laguna Beach (The Laguna Playhouse), ​Long Beach (The Carpenter Center), Garden Grove (Grove Theatre Center), Fullerton (The Muckenthaler), Ojai (Ojai Shakespeare Festival), San Francisco (San Francisco Fringe Festival), Hailey, Idaho (sponsored by Company of Fools at the Liberty Theatre) and Adelaide, Australia (Adelaide Fringe Festival). The Troubies have received numerous accolades including a two time honor for Best Season at LA Stage Alliance’s Ovation Awards. For more information on the Troubies, please visit www.troubie.com and join us on facebook.com/troubadourtheatercompany, instagram @thetroubies and twitter @thetroubies.

Troubadour Theater Company: Awards & Honors

Ovation Award Nomination 2013 Featured Actor in a Musical

  • Matt Walker (A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream)

Ovation Award Nomination 2013 Featured Actress in a Musical

  • Beth Kennedy (A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream)

Ovation Award Nomination 2013 Costume Design - Large Theatre

  • Sharon McGunigle (Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReinDOORS)

Ovation Award Nomination 2012 Best Musical – Large Theatre

  • Two Gentlemen of Chicago

Ovation Award Nomination 2012 Featured Actor in a Musical

  • Rob Nagle & Matt Walker (Two Gentlemen of Chicago)

Ovation Award Nomination 2012 Featured Actress in a Musical

  • Beth Kennedy & Christine Lakin (Two Gentlemen of Chicago)

Ovation Award Nomination 2012 Choreography

  • Molly Alvarez (A Christmas Westside Story)

Ovation Award Nomination 2012 Music Direction

  • Eric Heinly (Two Gentlemen of Chicago & A Christmas Westside Story)

Ovation Award Winner 2011 Best Season

  • The First Jo-el
  • Fleetwood Macbeth
  • A Wither's Tale

Ovation Award Winner 2011 Director of a Musical

  • Matt Walker (A Wither's Tale)

Ovation Award Winner 2011 Acting Ensemble of a Musical

  • The cast of A Wither's Tale

Ovation Award Winner 2011 Featured Actor in a Musical

  • Matt Walker (A Wither's Tale)

Ovation Award Winner 2011 Featured Actress in a Musical

  • Beth Kennedy (A Wither's Tale)

Ovation Award Nomination 2011 Best Musical – Large Theatre

  • A Wither's Tale

Ovation Award Nomination 2011 Featured Actor in a Musical

  • Morgan Rusler (The First Jo-el)
  • Matt Walker (A Wither's Tale)
  • Matt Walker (The First Jo-el)

Ovation Award Nomination 2011 Featured Actress in a Musical

  • Beth Kennedy (A Wither's Tale)
  • Beth Kennedy (The First Jo-el)
  • Katherine Malak (A Wither's Tale)

Ovation Award Nomination 2011 Choreography

  • Molly Alvarez (The First Jo-el)
  • Ameenah Kaplan (A Wither's Tale)

Ovation Award Nomination 2011 Music Direction

  • Eric Heinly (A Wither's Tale)

Ovation Award Nomination 2011 Lighting Design - Large Theatre

  • Jeremy Pivnick (A Wither's Tale)

Ovation Award Nomination 2011 Costume Design - Large Theatre

  • Sharon McGunigle (A Wither's Tale)

Ovation Award Winner for Production of a Musical (Large Theatre) 2010 for Oedipus the King, Mama!

Ovation Award Winner for Best Director of a Musical 2010 Matt Walker for Oedipus the King, Mama!

  • Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Joel Hirschhorn Award for Achievement in Musical Theatre, Matt Walker
  • Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award 2010, Eric Heinly, Musical Director, A Wither’s Tale

Ovation Award Nomination Best Season 2010

  • The First Jo-el
  • Fleetwood Macbeth
  • A Wither's Tale

Ovation Award Nomination Best Musical (Large Theatre) 2010

  • A Wither's Tale

Ovation Award Nomination Director of a Musical 2010

  • Matt Walker for The First Jo-el
  • Matt Walker for A Wither's Tale

Ovation Award Nomination Acting Ensemble for a Musical 2010

  • The cast of A Wither's Tale

Ovation Award Nomination Featured Actor in a Musical 2010

  • Morgan Rusler for The First Jo-el
  • Matt Walker for A Wither's Tale
  • Matt Walker for The First Jo-el

Ovation Award Nomination Featured Actress in a Musical 2010

  • Beth Kennedy for A Wither's Tale
  • Beth Kennedy for The First Jo-el
  • Katherine Malak for A Wither's Tale

Ovation Award Nomination Choreography 2010

  • Molly Alvarex for The First Jo-el
  • Ameenah Kaplan for A Wither's Tale

Ovation Award Nomination Music Direction 2010

  • Eric Heinly for A Wither's Tale

Ovation Award Nomination Lighting Design (Large Theatre) 2010

  • Jeremy Pivnick for A Wither's Tale

Ovation Award Nomination Costume Design (Large Theatre) 2010

  • Sharon McGunigle for A Wither's Tale

Ovation Award Winner for Production of a Musical (Large Theatre) 2010

  • Oedipus the King, Mama!

Ovation Award Winner for Best Director of a Musical 2010

  • Matt Walker for Oedipus the King, Mama!

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Joel Hirschhorn Award for Achievement in Musical Theatre

  • Matt Walker

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award 2010

  • Eric Heinly
  • Musical Director
  • A Wither’s Tale

Ovation Award Nomination 2010 for Best Season

  • CHiPS the Musical
  • Frosty the Snow Manilow
  • Oedipus the King, Mama!

Ovation Award Nomination 2010 Acting Ensemble

  • Oedipus the King, Mama!

Ovation Award Nomination 2010 for Costume Design (Large Theatre)

  • Sharon McGunigle for Frosty the Snow Manilow

Ovation Award Nomination 2010 for Book for an Original Musical

  • CHiPS the Musical for Rick Batalla & Henry Phillips

Ovation Award Nomination 2010 for Lyrics/Music for Original Musical

  • CHiPS the Musical for Henry Phillips

Ovation Award Winner for Best Season 2009

  • Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2 - Through the Looking Glass
  • As U2 Like It
  • It's a Stevie Wonderful Life

Ovation Award Winner for Best Director of a Musical 2009

  • Matt Walker for As U2 Like It

Ovation Award Winner for Best Costumes 2009

  • Sharon McGunigle for Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2 -Through the Looking Glass

Ovation Award Nomination 2009 for Best Musical in Large Venue

  • Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2 - Through the Looking Glass
  • As U2 Like It

Ovation Award Nomination 2009 for Best Musical Director

  • Eric Heinly for Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2 - Through the Looking Glass
  • As U2 Like It

Ovation Award Nomination 2009 for Best Choreography

  • Nadine Ellis, Ameenah Kaplan & Christine Lakin for Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2 - Through the Looking Glass
  • As U2 Like It

Ovation Award Nomination 2009 for Best Acting Ensemble

  • Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2 - Through the Looking Glass
  • As U2 Like It

LA Weekly, Best Theatre of 2009

  • Oedipus the King, Mama! (# 4 out of 10)

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award 2008

  • Beth Kennedy, Featured Performance, As U2 Like It

Backstage West Garland Award for Performance 2008

  • Eric Anderson in OthE.L.O

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award 2007

  • Matt Walker, Adaptation, Alice in One-Hit Wonderland

Backstage West Garland Award for Performance 2007

  • Beth Kennedy in Much Adoobie Brothers About Nothing

Backstage West Garland Award for Performance 2007

  • Eric Anderson in Hamlet the Artist Formerly
  • Known as Prince of Denmark

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle 2006 Margaret Harford

  • Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle 2006 Joel Hirschhorn Award to Eric Anderson for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre (for body of work including portrayal of Ophelia in Hamlet the Artist Formerly Known as Prince of Denmark)

OC Weekly’s 2005 Helena Modjeska Career Achievement

  • Award for Contribution to Orange County Theater

Goldstar Events Roar of the Crowd

Much Adoobie Brothers About Nothing

Top Ten Theater Moments of 2006 – Daily News

  • Much Adoobie Brothers About Nothing

Orange County Weekly Best Musical 2004 - The Comedy of Aerosmith

Orange County Weekly Best Supporting Performance, Female 2004

  • Beth Kennedy in The Comedy of Aerosmith

Entertainment Today’s Audience Award

Top Ten Theater Moments of 2002 – Daily News

Best of the San Francisco Fringe

Ovation Award Nomination for It’s A Stevie Wonderful Life

Ovation Award Nomination for Fleetwood Macbeth

Ovation Award Nomination for A Christmas Carole King

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