2015-2016 JEFF AWARDS EQUITY NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
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Multiple Jeff Award-winning actors Deanna Dunagan and Mike Nussbaum did the honor of announcing the nominees for the 2015-2016 Jeff Equity Awards. Watch the video, see the complete list of nominees, or the press release with all the details.
During the 2015-16 season, Jeff Awards Committee judges attended opening nights of 158 Equity productions offered by 58 producing organizations, and from these openings, 112 productions were "Jeff Recommended" and eligible for award nominations. Productions must have opened between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016.
THE 48TH ANNUAL JEFF EQUITY AWARDS honoring excellence in professional theatre within the immediate Chicago area will be held on Monday, October 17, at Drury Lane Oakbrook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Performances featuring cast members from nominated musicals and revues and video segments from nominated plays will highlight the ceremony. Pre-show appetizers and cash bar will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony, directed by Michael Weber, and a lavish buffet reception immediately thereafter. The evening is black tie optional and the public is invited to attend.
ADVANCE PURCHASE TICKETS which include the ceremony and pre-and post-show parties, are $75 ($55 for members of Actors' Equity Association, United Scenic Artists, Stage Directors and Choregraphers Society, Stage Managers' Associaiton, The Dramatists Guild of America, and American Federation of Musicans; and $45 for members of a nominated ensemble). A $2.50 fee is added to credit card purchases. Tickets can be purchased online above or with the mail-in form.
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43RD ANNUAL NON-EQUITY JEFF AWARDS PRESENTED JUNE 6
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Click here to link to Johnny Knight's gallery of photos from the Non-Equity Awards.
The Hairy Ape- Eugene O’Neill’s expressionist play presented in a stark and imaginative setting; Byhalia, Mississippi- a new work of southern love and forgiveness, and Rent- the musical update of La Boheme performed in a small storefront theatre, took home the most awards on Monday, June 6, at Park West during the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony recognizing excellence in non-union Chicago theatre.
PRODUCTION AND ENSEMBLE HONORS
Griffin Theatre Company’s London Wall, a play about women in a London law firm in 1931, took top honors for Production-Play; Rent, performed by Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, received the Jeff Award for Production-Musical or Revue; and two productions tied for the coveted Ensemble Award: Steep Theatre Company’s production of Posh, a story of a night of debauchery by Oxford prep school boys, and Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys, a vaudeville-type telling of the infamous case of nine African-American teenagers falsely accused of assaulting two white Alabama women, produced by Raven Theatre.
Byhalia, Mississippi performed by The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company, received Jeff Awards for Actress in a Supporting Role-Play (Cecelia Wingate), Scenic Design (John Wilson) and New Work (Evan Linder). Oracle Theatre’s The Hairy Ape received awards for Actor in a Principal Role-Play (Julian Parker), Sound Design (Jeffrey Levin) and Artistic Specialization (Breon Arzell for his step design). Rent was honored for Production-Musical or Revue, Direction of a Musical or Revue (Scott Weinstein), Music Direction (Jeremy Ramey) and Actor in a Supporting Role-Musical or Revue (Aubrey McGrath). Robin Witt received the award for Direction - Play for her work on London Wall at Griffin Theatre Company.
For the third consecutive year, the annual awards gala sold out with almost 700 guests, and featured musical production numbers from the season's nominated musicals and revue, as well as excerpts from the season's nominated plays. Long-time Chicago actors Karl Hamilton and Sarah Hayes returned as emcees for the award show. Brenda Didier directed Monday's ceremony, with musical direction provided by Jimmy Morehead. John D. Glover, Non-Equity Wing Chair of the Jeff Committee, produced the event.
David Liesse, Chair of the 55-member Jeff Awards Committee, welcomed the audience and presented this year's Special Jeff Award honoring director Kimberly Senior for her efforts as a mentor to emerging directors and her advocacy in helping to promote the careers of fellow artists.
47th ANNUAL JEFF EQUITY AWARDS PRESENTED OCT. 5, 2015
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Photos from the 47th Annual Jeff Awards: by Johnny Knight. See photos here.
MICHAEL SHANNON ANNOUNCED
JEFF EQUITY AWARDS NOMINATIONS
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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. 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.