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Disgraced Director Kimberly Senior to Receive Special Jeff Award

The Chicago theater community will honor Senior for 21 years of work.

Kimberly Senior will receive a Special Award at this year's Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony.
(© David Gordon)

Chicago's Jeff Committee has named director Kimberly Senior as this year's Non-Equity Special Award recipient.

"The theater world is full of creative people with lots of conflicting ideas," says Jeff Awards committee chair David Liesse. "When three agree on something, it's a breakthrough. When 73 do, it's almost a miracle. Yet 73 members of the Chicago theater community co-signed a letter nominating Kimberly Senior to receive this year's Special Jeff Award for the Non-Equity Wing."

Senior, who has spent 21 years working in the Chicago theater community, will receive the award "in recognition of an outstanding director, whose creative vision and collaboration have inspired countless emerging Chicago theater artists."

Over the course of her career, she has served as an artistic associate with Chicago Dramatists and Next Theatre, and is currently an associate artist at TimeLine, and a resident director at Writers Theatre. Senior also served for 10 years as an administrator and resident artist for Steppenwolf's Theatre for Young Adults. She made her Broadway debut in 2014, directing Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Disgraced.

Senior will be formally honored at the Non-Equity Jeff Awards Ceremony, which will be held Monday, June 6, at Park West in Chicago.

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