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2020 Equity Jeff Awards | Design Honorees

Michael Eddy • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • November 12, 2020

On Monday night, November 9, 2020, the Honorees of the 2020 Equity Jeff Awards, which honor achievement in Chicago’s professional theatre, were announced during a virtual ceremony. Winners were selected from 142 nominations across 30 artistic and technical categories. You can watch the ceremony, hosted by Michelle Lauto and featuring the work of many nominees in this video from the Jeff Awards:

Here are the Design and Artistic Specialization Nominees. The Honorees in these categories are highlighted in red:

Scenic Design – Large

Takeshi Kata – Bug – Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Regina Garcia – King Hedley II – Court Theatre
Linda Buchanan – Stick Fly – Writers Theatre
Jeffrey D. Kmiec – Beauty and the Beast – Paramount Theatre
William Boles – Disney’s Newsies – Paramount Theatre
William Boles – The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley – Northlight Theatre

Scenic Design – Midsize

William Boles – The Boys in the Band – Windy City Playhouse
Kurtis Boetcher – Grey House – A Red Orchid Theatre
Joe Schermoly – The Gulf – About Face Theatre
Angela Weber Miller – Sherlock’s Last Case – First Folio Theatre
Jose Manuel Diaz-Soto – Twice, Thrice, Frice… – Silk Road Rising i/a/w International Voices Project

Costume Design – Midsize

Uriel Gomez – The Boys in the Band – Windy City Playhouse
Kristy Leigh Hall – Howards End – Remy Bumppo Theatre Company
Rachel Lambert – Jeeves Saves the Day – First Folio Theatre

Costume Design – Large

Theresa Ham – Something Rotten! – Marriott Theatre
Alison Siple – The Mousetrap – Court Theatre
Theresa Ham – Beauty and the Beast – Paramount Theatre
Robin L. McGee – Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins – Drury Lane Productions
Theresa Ham – Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies – Porchlight Music Theatre
Karl Green – An American in Paris – Drury Lane Productions

Sound Design – Midsize

Jeffrey Levin – Grey House – A Red Orchid Theatre
Grover Hollway – Verböten – The House Theatre of Chicago
Christopher Kriz – Sheepdog – Shattered Globe Theatre
Sarah D. Espinoza – The Boys in the Band – Windy City Playhouse

Sound Design – Large

Andre Pluess and Christopher LaPorte – Oedipus Rex – Court Theatre
Mikhail Fiksel – Dana H. – Goodman Theatre
Josh Schmidt – Bug – Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Jeffrey Levin – Kill Move Paradise – TimeLine Theatre Company
Christopher M. LaPorte – King Hedley II – Court Theatre

Lighting Design – Large

Keith Parham – Oedipus Rex – Court Theatre
Heather Gilbert – Bug – Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Lee Fiskness – Into the Woods – Writers Theatre
Keith Parham – The Great Leap – Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Jesse Klug – Beauty and the Beast – Paramount Theatre
Lee Fiskness – An American in Paris – Drury Lane Productions

Lighting Design – Midsize

Rachel Levy – The Gulf – About Face Theatre
Jason Lynch – Sheepdog – Shattered Globe Theatre
Mike Durst – Howards End – Remy Bumppo Theatre Company
Erik S. Barry – The Boys in the Band – Windy City Playhouse
Mike Durst – Grey House – A Red Orchid Theatre

Projection Design

Mike Tutaj – The Secret of My Success – Paramount Theatre
Kevan Loney – An American in Paris – Drury Lane Productions
Mike Tutaj – Oslo – TimeLine Theatre Company (Chestnut)
Anthony Churchill – Sunset Boulevard – Porchlight Music Theatre
Kevan Loney – Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins – Drury Lane Productions
Hana Kim – The King’s Speech – Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Artistic Specialization

Steve Cuiffo – Dana H. – Goodman Theatre
Wendy A. Huber and Margaret Garofalo – Sherlock’s Last Case – First Folio Theatre
Matt Hawkins – How to Defend Yourself – Victory Gardens Theater
Micah Figueroa – The Leopard Play, or Sad Songs for Lost Boys – Steep Theatre Company
Erin Kilmurray – Oedipus Rex – Court Theatre
Breon Arzell – Kill Move Paradise – TimeLine Theatre Company

Further information from the Jeff Awards and to see the full list of honorees: www.jeffawards.org

 

The Jeff Awards have honored theatre artists annually since 1968 and are committed to celebrating the vitality of Chicago theatre. The Jeff Awards established a non-Equity wing in 1973 to celebrate achievements in non-union theatre.

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