50th Equity Jeff Award Nominations Announced, New Director and Ensemble Categories Added

50th Equity Jeff Award Nominations Announced, New Director and Ensemble Categories Added

The Jeff Awards Committee has announced 178 nominations for plays and musicals to be honored at the 2018 Equity Jeff Awards ceremony, their 50th time doing so.

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Jeff Awards To Present Intimacy Design Panel

Jeff Awards To Present Intimacy Design Panel

Pictured: Tonia Sina The Jeff Awards will present a panel conversation on the art and challenges of intimacy design on Tuesday, August 14 at 7:30 pm at the Greenhouse Theater. The panel will be led by Tonia Sina, co-founder of the Oklahoma City-based Intimacy Directors International, and Chicago intimacy designers Sasha...

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The 2018 Non-Equity Jeff Award Winners

The 2018 Non-Equity Jeff Award Winners

For the first time, the Jeff Awards have dropped gender from the performance awards, instead nominating double the actors per category. Two awards were handed out each for principal and supporting roles for both musicals and plays.

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Strawdog to Receive Special Jeff Award

Strawdog to Receive Special Jeff Award

The Jeff Awards announced today that Strawdog Theatre Company will be presented with a special award at the upcoming Non-Equity Wing ceremony for “30 years of collaboration as an innovative and provocative ensemble.” 

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2018 Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominees Announced

2018 Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominees Announced

New this year, performance categories will not be split by gender. Instead, each will have at least ten nominees and two recipients.

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Jeff Awards Drop 3-Year Hiatus, Approve New Initiatives

Jeff Awards Drop 3-Year Hiatus, Approve New Initiatives

The Joseph Jefferson Awards has announced they will eliminate the three-year waiting period placed on new non-Equity theaters, and address diversity issue.

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PerformInk’s Most Read Stories of 2017

PerformInk’s Most Read Stories of 2017

After the dam broke in the summer of 2016 with the closing of Profiles Theater, 2017 was, not surprisingly, peppered with the outing of abuses of power. Amidst a revolutionary nationwide reckoning, Chicago theater has been the theater industry’s example, both of abusers, and of a community coming together to...

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Jeff Awards Plan Steps to Diversify, Integrate with Theater Community

Jeff Awards Plan Steps to Diversify, Integrate with Theater Community

Key issues include a lack of diversity, a perception of bias towards “conventional productions,” transparency, community involvement, and the award’s overall lack of impact. 

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The 2017 Equity Jeff Award Winners

The 2017 Equity Jeff Award Winners

The 49th Annual Equity Jeff Awards honored last seasons achievements in Chicago theater Monday night at Drury Lane Oakbrook. “Sweeney Todd” at Paramount was the most honored production of the evening, earning five trophies, including the best Production-Musical-Large.

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Jeffs to Honor Steve Scott with Special Award

Jeffs to Honor Steve Scott with Special Award

The prolific director and recently retired Goodman producer will be honored for his 37-year career in Chicago theater.

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