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Strawdog Theatre Company to Receive

     2018 Non-Equity Special Award   



The Jeff Awards announced that Strawdog Theatre Company will be presented with a 2018 Non-Equity Special Award for 30 years of collaboration as an innovative and provocative ensemble.  Strawdog has been dedicated to its mission of bringing audiences "the whole wide world in a little black box," and is known for its enduring theatrical history.  As describd by the Ensemble itself, "When the Earth is destroyed by plague, war and famine, there will be cockroaches, Twinkies and Strawdog Theatre Company."

See the complete press release.


Nominees Announced for the 45th Annual Non–Equity Jeff Awards


See the press release and the complete list of nominees.

The Jeff Awards announced via a special video a total of 115 nominations in 19 categories for the 45th Annual Non–Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.   The 45th Annual Non–Equity Jeff Awards will be hosted by Veronica Garza and held on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Athenaeum Theatre.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with several cash bars available, and the awards will start at 7:30 p.m. Following the show, cash bars will remain open and complimentary light bites will be available.

TICKETS are $45 in advance and $50 on June 11. To purchase tickets:

visit the Athenaeum website (http://athenaeumtheatre.org) or TodayTix app.   (For The Athenaeum, once you reach their website, click on Buy Tickets and June 11, 2018 - and you will see our event. )   A group rate of $40 is available for parties of 10 or more by calling the Athenaeum box office 773-935-6875.  .  


Festive cocktail attire is suggested, and the public is cordially invited. TodayTix is an official sponsor of the 45th Annual Non–Equity Jeff Awards.  For more information, contact Drew Blau, Non–Equity Wing Chair, atjeffawardsheadshots@gmail.com. Follow live tweets from the ceremony and behind the scenes at #jeffawards.



Individual nominees, please email your color headshot to:


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Save the date for the 50th anniversary Equity Jeff Awards: Monday, October 22, at Drury Lane Oakbrook.


Panel Discussions available on YouTube

See links to videos of past panel discussions by going to "Press Room and News" at the top of this page.




Several new initiatives were approved at the Jeff Awards membership meeting on Monday, January 29, 2018, in response to findings from a research study conducted independdtly in 2017 by Taproot+.  

See the press release for details.


The Jeff Awards  Project Findings from the 2017 Taproot+ Survey

See the press release and the report




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

See the full gallery of photos of the 2017 Jeff Equity Awards by Bill Richert,

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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