Non-Equity Jeff Award Winners Announced
Griffin Theatre Company's Ragtime topped the list of recipients.
The Jeff Awards announced recipients of the 45th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards on Monday, June 11, at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago.
Top honors were awarded to Steep Theatre Company's Lela & Co. and Griffin Theatre Company's Ragtime. Other productions receiving multiple awards included Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Interrobang Theatre Project's Foxfinder. Strawdog Theatre Company additionally received a Special Award for "30 years of collaboration as an innovative and provocative Ensemble."
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 theater companies.
Originally chartered to recognize only Equity productions, the Jeff Awards established the Non-Equity Wing in 1973 to celebrate outstanding achievement in non-union theater. The next Equity Awards will be held on Monday, October 22 at Drury Lane Oakbrook.