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The Jeff Awards announced that it will present ts 2017 Special Award to Steve Scott at its upcoming ceremony on November 6.  

Producer, director, educator, actor and mentor, Steve Scott is being 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.



Seven world premiere plays seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations for the 2016-2017 Jeff Equity Awards.   158 nominations in 33 categories honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017. 


The 49th Annual Jeff Equity Awards ceremony  honoring excellence in professional theatre produced within the immediate Chicago area will be held on Monday, Nvember 6, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.  Performances featuring cast members from nominated musicals and revues will highlight the ceremony.  Pre-show appetizers and cash bar will be offered from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony directed by Michael Weber and a lavish buffet reception immediately thereafter.

ADVANCE PURCHASE TICKETS which include the ceremony and pre-and post-show parties, are $75 ($55 for members of Actors' Equity Association, United Scenic Arts, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Stage Managers' Associaiton, The Dramatists Guild of America and American Federation of Musicians)  ($85 and $65 respectively, if purchased at the door)  The evening is black tie optional and the public is invited to attend.  To purchase tickets,  Click the yellow BUY NOW button above  (Online prices include a $2.50 service charge per ticket) or  download the 2017 Jeff Awards mail-in order form.   Note: Tickets are general admission and will be held at the door.

NOTICE TO NOMINEES: Please provide your contact information and digital color headshot, as soon as possible, to Jeff Awards Equity Ceremony Producer Jack Phillips: johngphillips@att.net.





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.


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.


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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