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The non-Equity Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage, 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. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.  A group rate of $35 is available for partiies of 10 or more.  Festive cocktail attire is suggested, and the public is cordially invited.   Tickets can be purchased online above with a credit card or by mail with the downloadable  mail order form.  

Nominations for the 42nd annual Jeff Non-Equity Awards were announced on April 23.   Included are 118 nominations in 24 categories for productions that opened between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract.   See the complete list of nominations.

NOTICE TO NOMINEES: Please provide your contact information and digital color headshot, as soon as possible, to John D. Glover at nonequitywing@jeffawards.org. 

For more information, contact John D. Glover, Non-Equity Wing Chair, at nonequitywing@jeffawards.org.  Follow live twitter feeds from the ceremony and behind the scenes at #josephjefferson.



Early Friday, April 24, 2015, Sean Graney, who recently returned to Chicago to resume his post as Artistic Director of The Hypocrites, informed the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee that he just learned the theater company had been operating under an Equity CAT-N contract for the duration of the 2014-2015 Non-Equity season.  Over the past year, requests for judging its productions were made to the Non-Equity Wing without the committee having knowledge of the company's Equity status.  The Jeff Committee was aware that two of the productions had Equity performers (as indicated in the program); however, the comittee has now confirmed that these were not guest contracts.  As such, the company's productions are not eligible for consideration in the Non-Equity Wing, and all related Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations have been rescinded.  The productions in question will be shifted to the Equity Wing for awards consideration during its current season, which commenced on August, 1, 2014 and will end on July 30, 2015.

See the full press release.



See the complete list and the press release with all the details.

At the gala  46th Annual Equity Jeff Awards held at Drury Lane Oakbrook on Monday, October 13, awards were spread among numerous theatres honoring a season of outstanding productions.  

From Writers Theatre, The Dance of Death received the Production-Play award for a large theatre, along with its two principal actors Larry Yando and Shannon Cochrane.  The Normal Heart, presented by TimeLine Theatre Company was honored with awards for Production- Play for a midsize theatre and for Director Nick Bowling.  

Goodman Theatre's revival of Brigadoon received the large tier Musical Award, as well as Costume Design for Mara Blumenfeld, and Choreography for Rachel Rockwell.  Hank Williams: Lost Highway won for Midsize Musical, along with lead actor Matthew Brumlow and Music Director Malcolm Ruhl.  Next to Normal at Drury Lane Productions received awards for Principal Actress Susie McMonagle and Director William Osetek. 

In the Revue categories, Porchlight Music Theatre's Ain't Misbehavin' won for Production - Revue, as well as awards for Director Brenda Didier, and for the band"s  pianist and conductor Austin Cook. Renee Mathews took home the Actress in a Revue award for Old Jews Telling Jokes and John Hartman won Actor in a Revue for Depraved New World at The Second City.

The prestigious Ensemble Award, sponsored by Actors' Equity Association, went to Seanachai Theatre Company's production of The Seafarer.

(See above for the complete list.)

In a year of enormous loss to the theatre community, the ceremony featured a moving photographic memorial that honored 24 theater professionals  and was underscored by the cast of Women at the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown from Theatre at the Center performing No One is Alone, vocal arrangement by Michael Mahler.

The capacity audience viewed 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, Wing Chair of the Jeff Awards Committee, served as producer for the evening.  Director Henry Godinez and actor Gene Weygandt emceed the event.  Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a lavish Drury Lane buffet and dancing.  

Listen to the interview with Jeff Equity Chair Merril Prager and WGN's Dean Richards, Sunday, October 20, following the awards.






Goodman Theatre and Drury Lane Productions Lead Nominations

Chicago actress, TV and film star Jane Lynch did the honor of announcing the nominees for the 2013-2014 Equity Jeff Awards. (Click HERE FOR THE VIDEO* of the presentation by Ms. Lynch, made at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, and HERE to watch the interview* with Jane Lynch and Jeff Committee Chair Diane Hires.)

Four world premiere plays and two new adaptations seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving Jeff nominations by the Jeff Awards Committee.  There were 179 nominations in 35 categories for Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014. 

Note to the Press: for photos or further information, please email:  contact@jeffawards.org or media@jeffawards.org.  

 * videos courtesy HMS Media





See the complete list of recipients and the press release with all the details.

"The Mother"  and "Passion"  took home top honors for Oracle Productions and Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre respectively Monday, June 2, at Park West during the 41st Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony recognizing excellence in non-union Chicago theatre.  Oracle, with five awards, and Theo Ubique, with four awards, garnered the most honors at Monday night's ceremony.

Long-time Chicago actor and past multiple nominee Sean Blake joined Dana Tretta, musical actress Jeff award recipient and six-time nominee, as emcees for the award show, which recognized 127 nomnees in 24 categories from 66 Jeff Recommended productions, and ultimately honored 25 recipients from 14 theatres with awards celebrating excellence in all aspects of Chicago Non-Equity theatre.   Director and choreographer Brenda Didier directed the ceremony and Jeff Non-Equity Chair, John D. Glover, produced the event.  Diane Hires, chair of the 55-member Jeff Committee, presented a Special Jeff Award to Griffin Theatre Company for its dedication to provocative and transformational theatre for Chicago audiences as well as its touring theater that engages and enlightens youth throughout the United States.

The next Non-Equity awards ceremony will be hled on June 8, 2015, at Park West.





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