James Turano and Andrea Uppling star in “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”  at the Invictus Theater Company.

A “Barber” and “Woolf” led the pack Monday night at the Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony in Park West.

The awards, which recognize excellence in non-equity theater in the Chicago area, honored 35 winners, selected from 167 nominations representing 28 artistic/technical categories.

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” from Kokandy Productions received six awards, including best production (musical or revue), director (musical or revue, Derek Van Barham), musical director (Nick Sula), lead actor (musical or revue, Caitlin Jackson and Kevin Webb) and a supporting cast (musical or revue, Patrick O'Keefe).

“Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” received four awards for the Invictus Theater Company, including best production (play), director (Charles Askenaizer), supporting actor (Rachel Livingston) and scenic design (Kevin Rolfs). The company won one additional award for the main character (play, Tekeisha Yelton-Hunter) in “Ruined.”

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theater's productions “Refuge” and “8-Track: The Sounds of the '70s” took home top honors for best ensemble in drama and musical performance, respectively, a rare recognition for a single company, according to Jeff. Award. “Refuge” is also awarded for original music in a play (Satya Jnani Chávez) and artistic/puppet design specialties (Adolfo Romero and Lonnae Hickman).

The Story Theater “Marie Antoinette & the Magical Negroes” received three awards including best ensemble (short term), new work (short term) and director (short term, Terry Guest).

Also receiving three awards was the Chicago Latin Theater Alliance, in partnership with the National Museum of Art of Mexico, for “Tebas Land,” including best short-run production, lead actor (short-run, Tommy Rivera-Vega) and artistic/lighting design specialty ( short term, Daphne Agosin).

The ceremony also posthumously presented Myrna Salazar, the late co-founder and executive director of CLATA (Chicago Latino Theater Alliance) and co-founder of Destinos, the Chicago International Latin Theater Festival, with a Special Non-Equity Award for her lifetime accomplishments in the theater industry and her advocacy. for Latino artists.

Below is a complete list of award recipients.

2023 Non-Equity Jeff Award Recipient

Production — Play

James Turano and Andrea Uppling star in “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at the Invictus Theater Company.

Aaron Reese Boseman photography

  • “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” — Invictus Theater Company

Production — Musical or Revue

  • “Sweeney Todd: The Devil's Barber on Fleet Street” — Kokandy Productions

Production — Short Term

  • “Tebas Land” — Chicago Latino Theater Alliance, in partnership with the National Museum of Mexican Art
Cast of “Refuge” at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre.

Cast of “Refuge” at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre.

Ensemble — Play

  • “Running” – Theo Everywhere Cabaret Theatre

Ensemble — Musical or Revue

  • “8-Track: The Sound of the 70's” — Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Keith Illidge, Nathaniel Andrew, Maya Vinice Prentiss, Danyelle Monson, Brenna DiStasio, and Amber Washington at the premiere of Marie Antoinette and the Magical Negroes at The Story Theater in Chicago.

Keith Illidge (from left), Nathaniel Andrew, Maya Vinice Prentiss, Danyelle Monson, Brenna DiStasio, and Amber Washington at the premiere of “Marie Antoinette and the Magical Negroes” at The Story Theater in Chicago.

Ensemble — Short Run

  • “Marie Antoinette and the Magical Negroes” — Story Theatre

Director — Play

  • Charles Askenaizer – “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” — Invictus Theater Company

Director — Musical or Revue

  • Derek Van Barham — “Sweeney Todd: The Devil's Barber on Fleet Street” — Kokandy Productions

Director — Short Term

  • Terry Guest — “Marie Antoinette and the Magical Negroes”— Story Theatre

Actors in Main Roles — Play

  • Ana Santos-Sánchez (Ana Morgana) — “The Great Tyrant (drama download)” — ​​Aguijón Theater Company
  • Tekeisha Yelton-Hunter (Mama Nadi) — “Ruined” — Invictus Theater Company

Performers in Leading Roles — Musical Performances

Caitlin Jackson and Kevin Webb in this revival of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” by Kokandy Productions.

Caitlin Jackson and Kevin Webb in this revival of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” by Kokandy Productions.

  • Caitlin Jackson (Mrs. Lovett) — “Sweeney Todd: The Devil's Barber on Fleet Street” — Kokandy Productions
  • Kevin Webb (Sweeney Todd) — “Sweeney Todd: The Devil's Barber on Fleet Street” — Kokandy Productions

Actors in Leading Roles — Short Term

  • Tommy Rivera-Vega (Martín) — “Slash Land” — Chicago Latino Theater Alliance partners with National Museum of Mexican Art

Actors in Supporting Roles — Play

  • Rachel Livingston (Honey) – “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” — Invictus Theater Company
  • Todd Wojcik (Narrator) — “The Pavilion” — Artistic House

Performers in Supporting Roles — Musical or Revue

  • LJ Bullen (Kate) — “The Wild Party” — Empty Theater Company
  • Patrick O'Keefe (Tobias Ragg) — “Sweeney Todd: The Devil's Barber on Fleet Street” — Kokandy Productions
Tyler Anthony Smith, Brian Shaw and Dakota Hughes in Hell at the world premiere

Tyler Anthony Smith, Brian Shaw and Dakota Hughes in Hell at the world premiere of “Frankenstreisand” from Handbag Productions.

Actors in Supporting Roles — Short Term

  • Dakota Hughes (Hunchback) — “Frankenstreisand” — Hell in a Handbag Productions

Solo Show — Short Run

  • Flaco Navaja — “Sonero Evolution” — Urban Theater Company

New job

  • Siah Berlatsky — “Malapert Love”— The Artistic Home
  • Tina Fakhrid-Deen — “Pulled Punches” — MPAACT, Ma'at Production Association of African Centered Theater

New Job — Short Term

  • Terry Guest — “Marie Antoinette and the Magical Negroes” – Story Theatre

Landscape Design

  • Kevin Rolfs — “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” — Invictus Theater Company

Costume design

  • Beth Laske-Miller & Bill Morey — “A Fine Feathered Murder” — Hell in a Handbag Productions

Sound design

  • Eric Backus — “Solaris” — Griffin Theater Company
John Payne and Alex Benito Rodriguez at the premiere of

John Payne (left) and Alex Benito Rodriguez at the premiere of “Botticelli in the Fire” at the First Floor Theater in Chicago.

Lighting Design

  • Benjamin Carne — “Botticelli in the Fire” — First Floor Theatre

Choreography

  • Lauryn Schmelzer – “Wild Party” – Empty Theater Company

Original Music in a Drama

  • Satya Jnani Chavez — “The Refuge” — Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Music Direction

  • Nick Sula – “Sweeney Todd: The Devil's Barber on Fleet Street” – Kokandy Productions

Projection Design

  • Erin Pleake — “Chagall in School” — Grippo Stage Company

Artistic Specialization

The stuffed dog is shown in

The stuffed dog is featured in “Refuge” at Theo Ubique Cabaret. Doll design by Adolfo Romero.

  • Jabberwocky Marionettes (Puppet Design) — “After the Blast” — Broken Nose Theatre
  • Adolfo Romero & Lonnae Hickman (Puppet Design) – “Refuge” – Theo Everywhere Cabaret
  • Augusto Yanacopulos Theater (Property Design) — “The Great Tyrant (Dramatic Release)” — Aguijón Theater Company

Artistic Specialization — Short Term

  • Daphne Agosin (Lighting Design) — “Tebas Land” — Chicago Latino Theater Alliance partners with National Museum of Art of Mexico

Special Non-Equity Awards