SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 6!
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2016 NON-EQUITY JEFF AWARDS
The Jeff Awards Committee announced 121 nominations in 24 categories for the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract.
See the press release for all the details, and the complete list of nominees here. Click here to see the video of the awards announcement and see the photos above for nominees of Production - Musical; Production - Play; and Ensemble.
KIMBERLY SENIOR TO RECEIVE SPECIAL NON-EQUITY JEFF AWARD
"The theatre world is full of creative people with lots of conflicting ideas. When three agree on something, it’s a breakthrough. When 73 do, it’s almost a miracle,” says Jeff Awards Committee Chair David Liesse, “Yet 73 members of the Chicago theatre community co-signed a letter nominating Kimberly Senior to receive this year’s Special Jeff Award for the Non-Equity Wing.”
The 73 - artistic directors, directors, actors, designers, and administrators – wrote that Senior “has spent her career making the kind of theatre that defines this community in Chicago,” and that while she has done important work as a director and producer for non-Equity theatres across Chicago, “Kimberly’s most important and most lasting legacy in Chicago is the way she has tirelessly championed and fought for many careers other than her own.”
The Jeff Committee agreed, and Senior will be this year’s Non-Equity Special Award recipient, “In recognition of an outstanding director, whose creative vision and collaboration have inspired countless emerging Chicago theatre artists.” READ MORE
TICKETS FOR JUNE 6 STILL AVAILABLE
The 43nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, June 6, 2016, at Park West, located at 322 W. Armitage in Chicago. Doors open with a cash bar at 6 p.m., light buffet at 6:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Festive cocktail attire is suggested, and the public is cordially invited.
Tickets for the event are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. A group rate of $35 is available for parties of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased online with a credit card (see the Buy Now button above) or by mail with the downloadable mail-order form.
Emceeing the festivities are well-known Chicago actor Karl Hamilton and talented Chicago actress Sarah Hayes During the ceremony, performances from nominated shows will be featured along with the awards presentations. You can follow live twitter feeds from the ceremony and behind the scenes at #josephjefferson.
Jeff judges attended opening nights of 148 productions offered by 67 Non-Equity producing organizations. The Jeff Committee recommended 65 of those shows (or 44%), making them eligible for Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations. Of the 65 Jeff Recommended productions, a record 53 (or 82%) received nominations, representing 32 theatre companies.
For more information, contact John D. Glover, Non-Equity Wing Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOP HONORS AWARDED AT THE
47th ANNUAL JEFF EQUITY AWARDS
See the complete list of recipients and the press release for all the details
Photos from the 47th Annual Jeff Awards: by Johnny Knight. See photos here.
Two theatres in their first year of Equity eligibility received the most awards at the gala 47th Annual Jeff Awards held at Drury Lane Oakbrook on Monday, October 5, which celebrated a season of outstanding productions. The Hypocrites earned six awards, including Production-Play for a midsize theatre, for All Our Tragic, an epic 12-hour adaptation of the 32 surviving Greek tragedies. Paramount Theatre, in its first year of eligibility, scored five large tier Equity awards, including the statue for Production-Musical for Les Misérables.
Another multi-award winner, including the award for Production-Play for a large theatre, was Moby Dick, the saga of the legendary great white whale, created with aerial acrobatics and produced by Lookingglass Theatre Company and The Actors Gymnasium,
Production-Musical for a midsize theatre was awarded to The Addams Family, which had an extended run at Mercury Theater Chicago.
Principal acting honors went to Kate Fry as Rosemary Muldoon in Outside Mullingar at Northlight Theatre and Jerod Haynes as Bigger in Native Son at Court Theatre, produced with American Blues Theater. Awards for principal acting in musicals went to Heidi Kettenring as Anna in The King and I at Marriott Theatre and Nicholas Dantes as Young Billy in Billy Elliot, the Musical at Drury Lane.
In the revue categories, Porchlight Music Theatre’s Sondheim on Sondheim received nods for Production-Revue, for Director Nick Bowling, and for Music Director Austin Cook. CoryGoodrich took home the Actor or Actress in a Revue award for Ring of Fire, The Music of Johnny Cash, a co-production of Mercury Theater Chicago and Theatre at the Center whose six-month run continues through November 1.
The capacity audience enjoyed live performances from all nominated musicals and revues and video performances from nominated plays. The Equity Awards ceremony was directed by Michael Weber, with music direction by Linda Madonia and stage management by Colleen Tovar. Merril Prager, Equity Wing Chair of the Jeff Awards Committee, served as producer for the evening. Performers Cheryl Lynn Bruce and E. Faye Butler emceed the event. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a lavish Drury Lane buffet and dancing.
ILLUSTRIOUS STAGE COUPLE RECEIVES
SPECIAL JEFF AWARD FOR CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
The Jeff Awards 2015 Equity Special Award was presented to actors Paula Scrofano and John Reeger at the Jeff Awards ceremony on October 5, in recognition of their theatrical career contributions to the Chicago theatre scene over the past five decades. Paula and John are consummate professionals who have enriched the Chicago community with signature techniques that have brought laughter, tears, chills and thrills to audiences over the years. This dynamic duo met, studied their craft together, married, raised a family, and based their entire Equity careers in Chicago. To many of their peers, they serve as an example that even in this day and age it is possible to have a successful career, a family and a life in Chicago theatre.
See the complete press release.
MICHAEL SHANNON ANNOUNCED
JEFF EQUITY AWARDS NOMINATIONS
SEE THE ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO HERE .
WATCH JEFF CHAIR DIANE HIRES' INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL SHANNON
Actor Michael Shannon did the honor of announcing the nominees for the 2014-2015 Equity Jeff Awards. View the complete list of nominees and the press release for all the details. During the taping, Jeff Awards Committee Chair Diane Hires had a chance to interview Michael Shannon about his experience with Chicago theatre as well his other stage, TV and film roles.