Chicago – The annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards will be presented Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:00PM (CST) on YouTube. The program will honor more than 20 categories of theater excellence from productions during the 2019-2020 season.
Well-known theater artist Parker Guidry hosts the video program of celebration, theater community unity and entertainment, which was recorded at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and as restrictions on public gatherings began. The originally planned awards commemoration was postponed in early June, following the lead of the theater community for a call for reflection, conversation and action towards issues of social justice. Free access to the program will continue after the 7:00PM June 22nd premiere.
To learn more about this program and the Jeff Awards, visit www.jeffawards.com. Information can also be found on social media including Facebook (Jeff Awards), Instagram (@thejeffawards) and Twitter (@josephjefferson).
Promoting excellence in Chicago theater, The Jeff Awards began its annual recognition program in 1968. In 1973, it expanded its scope to establish the Non–Equity Wing to celebrate outstanding achievement in non–union theater. Members include 55 individuals representing a wide variety of backgrounds in theater (including producers, directors, actors, playwrights, designers, professors of theater, entertainment lawyers and agents, and theater 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 both the members as well as Artistic and Technical theater volunteers (the “AT Team”), representing Artistic Directors, producers, directors and artists from Chicago theaters. The Jeff Awards fosters the artistic growth of area theater companies and artists, and promotes educational opportunities, audience appreciation, and civic pride in the achievements of the theater community. Each year, the Jeff Awards judges over 300 theatrical productions and hosts two awards ceremonies.