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The Jeff Awards Released Research Project Findings from the 2017 Taproot+ Survey

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See the press release and the report

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2017 EQUITY JEFF AWARDS ANNOUNCED!

The gala 49th Annual Equity Jeff Awards were held at Drury Lane Oakbrook on Monday, November 6, celebrating a season of outstanding productions.

Taking top Production honors for musicals were Paramount Theatre's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"' and Porchlight Music Theatre's "The Scottsboro Boys."  Production-Play awards went to Court Theatre's "Blues for an Alabama Sky" and Remy Bumppo Theatre Company's "Born Yesterday."  The Production-Revue award went to Drury Lane Productions' "Smokey Joe's Cafe,"  and the prestigious Ensemble Award, sponsored by Actors Equity Association, went to "East Texas Hot LInks" at Writers Theatre.

New Works

In the "New Works" category, three plays were recognized: Michael Cristofer's "Man in the Ring" at Court Theatre; "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly" at Northlight Theatre, and Antoinette Nwandu's "Pass Over" at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Acting Honors

Awards for Principal Acting - Play went to Alex Wiesman for "Hand to God, Victory Gardens Theater, and to Angela Ingersoll for "End of the Rainbow," Porchlight Music Theatre.  Honors for Principal Actor - Musical  went to Paul-Jordan Jansen for "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at Parmaount Theatre, and Kathy Voytko in "The Bridges of Madison County" at The Marriott Theatre.  For Actor - Revue, awards went to Michelle Lauto in "Spamilton" at The Royal George Theatre Cabaret and Austn Cook for "Marry Me a Little" at Porchlight Music Theatre.  The Solo Performane honor went to Linda Reiter in "Rose" at the GreenhouseTheater Center in association with Forum Productions.

See the complete list of recipients and the press release.

 

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STEVE SCOTT RECEIVES

2017 SPECIAL JEFF AWARD  

The Jeff Awards presented ts 2017 Special Award to Steve Scott at its ceremony on November 6.  

Producer, director, educator, actor and mentor, Steve Scott was honored for his many outstanding theatrical accomplishments and contributions to Chicago theatre over the last 37 years. In addition to his comprehensive role at the Goodman Theatre, Steve has been a prominent figure throughout Chicago, extending his directorial and acting talents to a variety of off-Loop theater companies.  He also has been a valuable member of the Jeff Awards A/T Team and a great mentor within the Chicago theatre community.  The Jeff Awards thanks Steve for bringing spirit, honesty and diversity to Chicago's stages.

See the press release for more details.

 

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JUNE 5 EVENT CELEBRATES 2016-2017 

JEFF NON-EQUITY AWARDS

TOP PRODUCTION HONORS GO TO AT THE TABLE AND HIGH FIDELITY.

The 44th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards was held at the Athenaeum Theatre on Monday, June 5.  See the complete list of recipients and acceptance speeches from the ceremony

"At the Table", produced by the Broken Nose Theatre, received Jeff AWards for Production-Play, Ensemble, Director-Play (Spenser Davis) and Actress in a Supporting Role-Play (Echaka Agba). These awards were quite an achievemnet for Broken Nose, especially since this was its first year of Jeff eligibility.  Top honors in the musical category went to Refuge THeatre Project for its production of "High Fidelity", bsaed on the movie starring John Cusack about a record store owner and his loves and friends.  "High Fidelity" received awards for Production-Musical, Director-Musical (Christopher Pazdernik) and Scenic Design (Michelle Manni). Like Broken Nose, this was also Refuge Theatre Project's first year of Jeff eligibility.

ACTING AWARDS

The Solo Performance Award went to Philip Dawkins for his work in "The Happiest Place on Earth", produced by the Greenhouse Theater Center and Sideshow Theatre Company. Awards for Principal Performance in a Play went to Amy Johnson for her portrayal of a mother of an autistic child in "Falling" at Interrobang Theatre Project, George Seegebrecht as the Lindbergh baby kidnapper in "Hauptmann" at City Lit Theatre Company, and to Gage Wallace as a sinfully elegant schemer in "Taste", produced by Red Theater Chicago. Awards for Principal Performance in a Musical were bestowed on Henry McGinnis for his portrayal of Bat Boy in "Bat Boy: The Musical" with Griffin Theatre Company and to Colette Todd for her portrayal of a wife and mother coping with mental illness in "Next to Normal" at BoHo Theatre. Colette also received the award for Actor or Actress in a Revue as Angela in "Honky Tonk Angels" at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre.

NEW WORK

Three new works (two plays and one musical) were recognized: Ike Holter's "Prowess", produced by Jackalope Theatre Company, an enthralling depiction of the tender balance between well-meaning heroism and vigilante justice during a summer in Chicago; Alex Lubischer for "Bobbie Clearly", produced by Steep Theatre Company, a dark comedy about a community trying to make sense of senseless violence in Milton, Nebraska; and to Robert Kauzlaric and George Howe for "Northanger Abbey", produced by Lifeline Theatre, a musical adaptation of the first of Jane Austen's novel and a satire of the gothic novels popular at the time of its first writing in 1798-99.

Alexis J. Roston and Lillian Castillo were emcees for this year's awards show. Brenda Didier directed the ceremony, with musical direction provided by Jimmy Morehead. John D. Glover, Non-Equity Chair of the Jeff Awards, produced the event.

See the press release and complete list of recipients.

See the full gallery of Johnny Knight's photographs from the 2017 Non-Equity Jeff Awards. 

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