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The TBA Mission

To enrich our community by providing innovative and comprehensive theatre arts experiences through which artists of all ages can develop their creativity and self-expression; and in so doing stimulate human potential.



TBA stands for Training Better Artists, and with each project, we strive to give artists of all ages opportunities for growth. TBA Theatre was founded in 2003, by Shane Mitchell, Wayne Mitchell, Erin Mitchell, Eric Brown, Andrea Egger and Megan Bladow.  In the first three years, TBA produced The Alaska Overnighters, produced other original works for the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and primarily worked on intensives and residencies in the Anchorage School District.  In 2006, TBA expanded and produced our first Main Stage Season of Plays at APU Grant Hall. We typically produce 5 plays as part of our main stage season, with a variety of additional works produced as part of our Red Curtain series at Halloween, the TBA After Dark series, at the Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference, in The Alaska Overnighters, and during our Summer Academies and Intensives in Anchorage and Valdez. For more information on the history of TBA, email founding Artistic Director, Shane Mitchell.


Anchorage Daily News, Best of Alaska

        Best Non-Profit Organization- Platinum Award (2008)

        Best Live Theatre -Platinum Award (2021, 2020, 2019, 2017)

                                        -Gold Award (2018, 2016)

                                        - Silver Award (2015)

       Best Summer Camp- Silver Award (2021)

       Best Family Activity and Entertainment - Silver Award (2022)

Anchorage Press, Press Picks

         Best Arts Organization (2017)

         Best Live Theatre- 1st (2017), 3rd (2020)


Broadway World, Regional Awards


       Favorite Local Theatre

       Best Ensemble Performance- Hello Dolly

       Best Theatre For Young Audiences Production- Death Valley's  Halloween Hoedown

       + Best in Costume, Scenic Design, Direction, Musical Direction and Orchestra Performance, and Sound Design of Various Productions



        Best Musical- Can't Cancel Christmas

        Best Play- A Christmas Carol

        Production of the Year (in person)- IF

        Best Streaming Musical- Can't Cancel Christmas

        Best Streaming Play- A Christmas Carol

        + Best in Costume, Scenic Design, Choreography, and Direction of various productions!


        Theatre of The Year 2019

        Best Musical - Westside Story

        Best New Musical - Folks Tales

        Best Play - Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

        Best Touring Show - The Death of Edgar Allan Poe


        Theatre of The Year 2018

         Best Musical - The Music Man

         Best New Musical - A Christmas Knight

         Best New Play - The Death of Edgar Allan Poe

         Best Play - The Death of Edgar Allan Poe

         Best Touring Show- The Death of Edgar Allan Poe

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