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Nominees Announced For the 45th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards
2018-04-23

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Monday, April 23, 2018, Chicago, IL — The Jeff Awards announced today, via a special video at: youtu.be/gr97FMaRv08, a total of 115 nominations in 19 categories for the 45th Annual Non—Equity Jeff Awards.

Between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, there were 136 eligible Non—Equity productions considered for Jeff Recommendation. Of those, 63 productions ( or 46% ) were recommended, including 15 world premieres. There were 45 productions that received at least one nomination, which represents the work of 32 theatre companies.

Starting this year, the performance categories will be non—binary. Each performance category will have at least ten nominees and two recipients.

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 ( athenaeumtheatre.org ) or TodayTix app. A group rate of $40 is available for parties of 10 or more by calling the Athenaeum box office. Individual nominees and members of nominated ensembles must email jeffawardsheadshots@gmail.com ASAP. 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, at jeffawardsheadshots@gmail.com . Follow live tweets from the ceremony and behind the scenes at #jeffawards.

The Jeff Awards has been honoring outstanding theatre artists annually since it was established in 1968. With up to 55 members representing a wide variety of backgrounds in theatre ( including producers, directors, actors, playwrights, designers, professors of theatre, entertainment lawyers and agents, and theatre lovers ), the Jeff Awards is committed to celebrating the vitality of Chicago area theatre by recognizing excellence through its recommendations, awards, and honors. Opening night judges include not only the members but also Artistic & Technical theatre volunteers ( the "A/T Team" ), including Artistic Directors, producers, directors and artists from Chicago theatres. The Jeff Awards fosters the artistic growth of area theatres and theatre artists and promotes educational opportunities, audience appreciation, and civic pride in the achievements of the theatre community. Each year, the Jeff Awards judges over 300 theatrical productions and host two awards ceremonies. Originally chartered to recognize only Equity productions, the Jeff Awards established the Non—Equity Wing in 1973 to celebrate outstanding achievement in non—union theatre. The next Equity Awards will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018, at Drury Lane Oakbrook.

2018 NON-EQUITY JEFF AWARD NOMINEES

ENSEMBLE

"Ideation" - Jackalope Theatre Company

"Insurrection: Holding History" - Stage Left Theatre

"Into the Empty Sky" - Trap Door Theatre

"Mother of the Dark Water" - MPAACT

"Ragtime" - Griffin Theatre Company

"Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery" - Pegasus Theatre Chicago

PRODUCTION - MUSICAL

"Bonnie & Clyde" - Kokandy Productions

"Marie Christine" - BoHo Theatre

"Ragtime" - Griffin Theatre Company

"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

- Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

"Violet" - Griffin Theatre Company

PRODUCTION - PLAY

"Foxfinder" - Interrobang Theatre Project

"Ideation" - Jackalope Theatre Company

"The Invisible Hand" - Steep Theatre Company

"Lela & Co." - Steep Theatre Company

"The Light" - The New Colony

DIRECTOR - MUSICAL

Fred Anzevino - "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

- Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Lili-Anne Brown - "Marie Christine" - BoHo Theatre

Spencer Neiman - "Bonnie & Clyde" - Kokandy Productions

Scott Weinstein - "Ragtime" - Griffin Theatre Company

Scott Weinstein - "Violet" - Griffin Theatre Company

DIRECTOR - PLAY

Audrey Francis - "The Invisible Hand" - Steep Theatre Company

Margaret Knapp - "Foxfinder" - Interrobang Theatre Project

Toma Langston - "The Light" - The New Colony

Gus Menary - "Ideation" - Jackalope Theatre Company

Robin Witt - "Lela & Co." - Steep Theatre Company

PERFORMER IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE - MUSICAL

Kyrie Courter ( Marie Christine ) - "Marie Christine" - BoHo Theatre

Max DeTogne ( Clyde ) - "Bonnie & Clyde" - Kokandy Productions

Desiree Gonzalez ( Bonnie ) - "Bonnie & Clyde" - Kokandy Productions

Matthew Huston ( Stu ) - "Yank! A World War II Love Story"

- Pride Films and Plays

Jacquelyne Jones ( Mrs. Lovett ) - "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber

of Fleet Street" - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Nicole Laurenzi ( Violet ) - "Violet" - Griffin Theatre Company

Laura McClain ( Mother ) - "Ragtime" - Griffin Theatre Company

Jason Richards ( Tateh ) - "Ragtime" - Griffin Theatre Company

Dani Shay ( Young Albert ) - "The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier"

- Permoveo Productions i/a/w Pride Films and Plays

Philip Torre ( Sweeney Todd ) - "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber

of Fleet Street" - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Denzel Tsopnang ( Coalhouse Walker, Jr. ) - "Ragtime"

- Griffin Theatre Company

PERFORMER IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE - PLAY

Lucy Carapetyan ( Josephine ) - "Nice Girl"

- Raven Theatre Company

Alexandra Fisher ( Judith Covey ) - "Foxfinder"

- Interrobang Theatre Project

Jeffery Owen Freelon Jr. ( Rashad ) - " The Light" - The New Colony

Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel ( Lela ) - " Lela & Co." - Steep Theatre Company

Vince Kracht ( Chauncey ) - "The Nance" - Pride Films and Plays

John Mossman ( Peck ) - "How I Learned to Drive" - The Artistic Home

Tiffany Oglesby ( Genesis ) - " The Light" - The New Colony

Sara Pavlak McGuire ( Sarah ) - "Time Stands Still"

- AstonRep Theatre Company

Joel Reitsma ( Nick ) - "The Invisible Hand" - Steep Theatre Company

Alejandro Tey ( Mace ) - "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity"

- Red Theater Chicago

Michael B. Woods ( Cyrano ) - "Cyrano" - BoHo Theatre

PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — MUSICAL

Stephen Allen ( Flick ) - "Violet" - Griffin Theatre Company

Gina Francesca ( Hetaira ) - "Lysistrata Jones" - Refuge Theatre Project

Veronica Garza ( Lisa ) - "A New Brain" - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Emily Goldberg ( Shelby ) - "The Spitfire Grill" - Refuge Theatre Project

Nicole Michelle Haskins ( Effy ) - 'The Spitfire Grill'

- Refuge Theatre Project

Molly LeCaptain ( Louise / Radio Singers ) - "Yank! A World War II

Love Story" - Pride Films and Plays

John Marshall Jr. ( Artie ) - "Yank! A World War II Love Story"

- Pride Films and Plays

Billy Rude ( Jeffrey ) - "The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier"

- Permoveo Productions i/a/w Pride Films and Plays

Katherine Thomas ( Sarah ) - "Ragtime" - Griffin Theatre Company

Missy Wise ( Blanche ) - "Bonnie & Clyde" - Kokandy Productions

PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - PLAY

Owais Ahmed ( Bashir ) - "The Invisible Hand" - Steep Theatre Company

Chris Chmelik ( Man ) - "Lela & Co." - Steep Theatre Company

Gregory Fenner ( Dubby ) - "Megastasis" - Eclipse Theatre Company

Bryce Gangel ( Robin ) - "1980 ( Or Why I'm Voting for John Anderson )"

- Jackalope Theatre Company

Kelli Harrington ( Barbara Grant ) - "Perfect Arrangement"

- Pride Films and Plays

Renee Lockett ( Bernadette ) - "Surely Goodness and Mercy"

- Redtwist Theatre

Stella Martin ( Sherry ) - "Nice Girl" - Raven Theatre Company

RjW Mays ( Phaedra ) - "Kingdom"

- Broken Nose Theatre

Andrew Neftali Perez ( Norte ) - "Water & Power"

- UrbanTheater Company

Kathleen Ruhl ( Daphne ) - "I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and

I Didn't Even Smile" - Redtwist Theatre

NEW MUSICAL

Preston Max Allen - "Carrie 2: The Rage ( An Unauthorized

Musical Parody )" - Underscore Theatre Company

David Cerda - "Lady X: The Musical" - Hell in a Handbag Productions

Jay Paul Deratany, Joe Stevens, and Keaton Wooden

- "The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier" - Permoveo Productions

i/a/w Pride Films and Plays

NEW PLAY

Shepsu Aakhu - "Never the Milk and Honey" - MPAACT

Patricia Cotter - "1980 ( Or Why I'm Voting for John Anderson )"

- Jackalope Theatre Company

Michael Allen Harris - "Kingdom" - Broken Nose Theatre

Douglas Post - "Forty-Two Stories" - City Lit Theater Company

Lloyd Suh - "Franklinland" - Jackalope Theatre Company

Loy A. Webb - "The Light" - The New Colony

MUSIC DIRECTION

John Cockerill - "Bonnie & Clyde" - Kokandy Productions

Jermaine Hill and Ellen Morris - "Ragtime" - Griffin Theatre Company

Robert Ollis - "Yank! A World War II Love Story" - Pride Films and Plays

Jeremy Ramey - "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

- Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Jon Schneidman - "The Spitfire Grill" - Refuge Theatre Project

CHOREOGRAPHY

William Carlos Angulo - "Ragtime" - Griffin Theatre Company

Breon Arzell - "Marie Christine" - BoHo Theatre

Kevin Bellie - "Bullets Over Broadway" - NightBlue Performing Arts

Jenna Schoppe - "Yank! A World War II Love Story" - Pride Films and Plays

Shanna VanDerwerker - "Lysistrata Jones" - Refuge Theatre Project

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY

Jon Beal — "Cyrano" - BoHo Theatre

David Blixt — "Her Majesty's Will" - Lifeline Theatre

Kyle Encinas — "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity" - Red Theater

Chicago

ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A PLAY

Jesse Case - "Foxfinder" - Interrobang Theatre Project

Red Clay, Desta Sound - "Never the Milk and Honey" - MPAACT

Jeffrey Levin - "Her Majesty's Will" - Lifeline Theatre

Mike Mazzocca - "Into the Empty Sky" - Trap Door Theatre

Nicholas Tonozzi - "Round Heads and Pointed Heads" - Red Tape Theatre

SOUND DESIGN

Jesse Case — "Foxfinder" - Interrobang Theatre Project

Thomas Dixon — "The Invisible Hand" - Steep Theatre Company

Justin Glombicki — "In the Soundless Awe" - Saltbox Theatre

Collective

Morgan Lake — "Pillars of the Community" - Strawdog Theatre

Company

Michael J. Patrick — "Bonnie & Clyde" - Kokandy Productions

COSTUME DESIGN

Beth Laske-Miller — "Shockheaded Peter" - Black Button Eyes

Productions

Bill Morey — "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

- Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

John Nasca — "The Nance" - Pride Films and Plays

Rachel Sypniewski — "Ragtime" - Griffin Theatre Company

Zachery Wagner — "The School for Lies" - The Artistic Home

LIGHTING DESIGN

Heather Gilbert — "Marie Christine" - BoHo Theatre

John Kelly — "Foxfinder" - Interrobang Theatre Project

James Kolditz — "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

- Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

G. "Max" Maxin IV — "Cyrano" - BoHo Theatre

Brandon Wardell — "Lela & Co." - Steep Theatre Company

SCENIC DESIGN

Jeffrey D. Kmiec - "American Hero" - First Floor Theater

Eric Luchen - "Foxfinder" - Interrobang Theatre Project

Joe Schermoly - "Lela & Co." - Steep Theatre Company

Ray Toler - "Choir Boy" - Raven Theatre Company

John Wilson - "The Light" - The New Colony

MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS

BY THEATRE

14 - Griffin Theatre Company

11 - Pride Films and Plays ( 3 with Permoveo Productions )

11 - Steep Theatre Company

8 - BoHo Theatre

8 - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

7 - Interrobang Theatre Project

7 - Kokandy Productions

6 - Jackalope Theatre Company

6 - The New Colony

5 - Refuge Theatre Project

3 - MPAACT

3 - Permoveo Productions ( with Pride Films and Plays )

3 - Raven Theatre Company

2 - The Artistic Home

2 - Broken Nose Theatre

2 - Lifeline Theatre

2 - Red Theater Chicago

2 - Redtwist Theatre

BY PRODUCTION

10 - Ragtime - Griffin Theatre Company

7 - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

7 - Foxfinder - Interrobang Theatre Project

6 - Bonnie & Clyde - Kokandy Productions

6 - Lela & Co. - Steep Theatre Company

6 - The Light - The New Colony

6 - Marie Christine - BoHo Theatre

5 - The Invisible Hand - Steep Theatre Company

5 - Yank: A World War II Love Story - Pride Films and Plays

4 - Violet - Griffin Theatre Company

3 - The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier - Permoveo Productions i/a/w Pride Films and Plays

3 - Cyrano - BoHo Theatre

3 - Ideation - Jackalope Theatre Company

3 - The Spitfire Grill - Refuge Theatre Project

2 - 1980 ( Or Why I'm Voting for John Anderson ) - Jackalope Theatre Company

2 - The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety - Red Theater Chicago

2 - Her Majesty's Will - Lifeline Theatre

2 - Kingdom - Broken Nose Theatre

2 - Lysistrata Jones - Refuge Theatre Project

2 - The Nance - Pride Films and Plays

2 - Never the Milk and Honey - MPAACT

2 - Nice Girl - Raven Theatre Company

BY ARTIST

2 - Jesse Case

2 - Scott Weinstein


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