2016 Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominations

‘Byhalia, Mississippi,’ ‘Murder Ballad’ and ‘Rent’ lead the nominations for the 43rd annual Non-Equity Jeffs

As it did last year, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre again dominated the list of nominees for the Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards, announced Tuesday night. The company received 15 nominations, including six for its production of the musical Rent and four for A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook.

Rent's six noms were matched by Bailiwick Chicago's musical Murder Ballad and by the new play Byhalia, Mississippi, a co-production of the New Colony and Definition Theatre Company. Also showing strong with five nominations a piece were Kokandy Productions' Heathers: The Musical and Loving Repeating, Griffin Theatre Company's Pocatello and Oracle Productions' The Hairy Ape.

The Jeff Awards' Non-Equity Wing honors work that's not produced under contract with Actors' Equity Association. Between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016, Jeff committee members considered 148 productions by 67 non-Equity companies. In the end, the nominations are spread across 53 productions from 32 producing companies, which the committee says is a record high. The complete list of nominations follows. The 2016 Non-Equity Jeff Awards will be presented Monday, June 6, at Park West.

2016 Non-Equity Jeff Award nominees

PRODUCTION—PLAY

PRODUCTION—PLAY

Byhalia, Mississippi - The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company
Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys - Raven Theatre
London Wall - Griffin Theatre Company
Pocatello - Griffin Theatre Company
Posh - Steep Theatre Company

Byhalia, Mississippi photograph: Joe Mazza

PRODUCTION—MUSICAL OR REVUE

PRODUCTION—MUSICAL OR REVUE

Heathers: The Musical - Kokandy Productions
Loving Repeating - Kokandy Productions
A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Murder Ballad - Bailiwick Chicago
Rent - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Heathers: The Musical photograph: Emily Schwartz

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ENSEMBLE

ENSEMBLE

Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys - Raven Theatre
The Drowning Girls - Signal Ensemble Theatre
The Hairy Ape - Oracle Theatre
Incident at Vichy - Redtwist Theatre
Posh - Steep Theatre Company
Rent - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Posh photograph: Lee Miller

DIRECTOR—PLAY

DIRECTOR—PLAY

Jonathan Berry - Pocatello - Griffin Theatre Company
Jonathan Berry - Posh - Steep Theatre Company
Monty Cole - The Hairy Ape - Oracle Theatre
Michael Menendian - Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys - Raven Theatre
Tyrone Phillips - Byhalia, Mississippi - The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company
Robin Witt - London Wall - Griffin Theatre Company

London Wall photograph: Michael Brosilow

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DIRECTOR—MUSICAL OR REVUE

DIRECTOR—MUSICAL OR REVUE

Fred Anzevino - Blood Brothers - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
James Beaudry - Heathers: The Musical - Kokandy Productions
James Beaudry - Murder Ballad - Bailiwick Chicago
Courtney Crouse - A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Allison Hendrix - Loving Repeating - Kokandy Productions
Scott Weinstein - Rent - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Blood Brothers photograph: Adam Veness

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE—PLAY

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE—PLAY

Travis Delgado (the Foundling Father) - The America Play - Oracle Theatre
Michael McKeogh (Eddie) - Pocatello - Griffin Theatre Company
Julian Parker (Yank) - The Hairy Ape - Oracle Theatre
Brian Parry (George) - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Redtwist Theatre
Mike Tepeli (Raleigh) - Last Train to Nibroc - Haven Theatre
Stephen Walker (Teach) - American Buffalo - Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.

The Hairy Ape photograph: Joe Mazza

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ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE—MUSICAL

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE—MUSICAL

Matt Frye (Hunter) - [title of show] - The Brown Paper Box Co.
Quinton Guyton (Mama) - Lawd the CVS is Burning...A Gospel Musical Stage Play - MPAACT
Christopher Logan (Peter Allen) - The Boy From Oz - Pride Films and Plays
Tommy Novak (Max Bialystock) - The Producers - NightBlue Performing Arts Company
Patrick Rooney (Roger) - Rent - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Rent photograph: Adam Veness

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE—PLAY

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE—PLAY

Amanda Drinkall (May) - Last Train to Nibroc - Haven Theatre
Jacqueline Grandt (Margie) - Good People - Redtwist Theatre
Jacqueline Grandt (Martha) - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Redtwist Theatre
Liz Sharpe (Laurel) - Byhalia, Mississippi - The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company
Eliza Stoughton (Lila Green) - A Loss of Roses - Raven Theatre
Jenifer Tyler (Miss Buncle) - Miss Buncle's Book - Lifeline Theatre

Miss Buncle's Book photograph: Suzanne Plunkett

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ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE—MUSICAL

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE—MUSICAL

Kyrie Anderson (Mrs. Johnstone) - Blood Brothers - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Amanda Giles (Young Gertrude) - Loving Repeating - Kokandy Productions
Emily Goldberg (Rose) - Dogfight - BoHo Theatre
Courtney Mack (Veronica) - Heathers: The Musical - Kokandy Productions

Heathers: The Musical photograph: Emily Schwartz

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE—PLAY

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE—PLAY

Stephen Cefalu Jr. (Nick) - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Redtwist Theatre
Dennis Grimes (Sam) - Lips Together, Teeth Apart - Eclipse Theatre Company
Steve Love (Helen) - Miracle! - Hell in a Handbag Productions
JP Pierson (Mendy) - The Lisbon Traviata - Eclipse Theatre Company
Michael Woods (Trigorin) - The Seagull - Eclectic Full Contact Theatre

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? photograph: Jan Ellen Graves

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ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE—MUSICAL OR REVUE

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE—MUSICAL OR REVUE

Justin Adair (Performer) - Fugitive Songs - BoHo Theatre
Carl Herzog (Ensemble) - My Way - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Christopher Logan (Tom) - Murder Ballad - Bailiwick Chicago
Aubrey McGrath (Angel) - Rent - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Jordan Phelps (Narrator) - Blood Brothers - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Murder Ballad photograph: Michael Brosilow

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE—PLAY

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE—PLAY

Marzena Bukowska (Babushka/Baba Yaga/Yaroslava) - The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls - Trap Door Theatre
Simina Contras (Masha) - The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls - Trap Door Theatre
Ann James (Janet) - Rolling - Jackalope Theatre Company
Becca Savoy (Becky) - Pocatello - Griffin Theatre Company
Cecelia Wingate (Celeste) - Byhalia, Mississippi - The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company

Rolling photograph: Joel Maisonet

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ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE—MUSICAL OR REVUE

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE—MUSICAL OR REVUE

Cara Chumbley (Ulla) - The Producers - NightBlue Performing Arts Company
Emily Goldberg (Alice B. Toklas) - Loving Repeating - Kokandy Productions
Stephanie Hansen (Featured Singer) - A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Amanda Horvath (Sara) - Murder Ballad - Bailiwick Chicago
Michelle Lauto (Liza Minnelli) - The Boy From Oz - Pride Films and Plays

Loving Repeating photograph: Michael Brosilow

SOLO PERFORMANCE

SOLO PERFORMANCE

Anna Dauzvardis (April, et al.) - Liberty City - eta Creative Arts Foundation
Charlie Irving (Daisy Fay) - The Summer of Daisy Fay - New American Folk Theatre i/a/w Redtwist Theatre
Nelson Rodriguez (Man on the Verge) - Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown - Pride Films and Plays

Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown photograph: Carolyn Reynolds

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NEW WORK

NEW WORK

Peter Gwinn and Jody Shelton - The Story of a Story (The Untold Story) - Underscore Theatre Company
Hansol Jung - No More Sad Things - Sideshow Theatre Company
Evan Linder - Byhalia, Mississippi - The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company
Cody Lucas - Truth in Context - The Agency Theater Collective
Carla Stillwell - Lawd the CVS is Burning...A Gospel Musical Stage Play - MPAACT
Isaiah Werner - Scissortail - Adapt Theatre Productions i/a/w Redtwist Theatre
Calamity West - Rolling - Jackalope Theatre Company

No More Sad Things photograph: Jonathan L. Green

NEW ADAPTATION

NEW ADAPTATION

Zachary Baker-Salmon - This House Believes the American Dream is at the Expense of the American Negro - Oracle Theatre
Christina Calvit - Miss Buncle's Book - Lifeline Theatre
Elizabeth Lovelady - D.O.A. - Strawdog Theatre Company
Aaron Todd Douglas - Upstate - MPAACT

D.O.A. photograph: Tom McGrath

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CHOREOGRAPHY

CHOREOGRAPHY

Kim Green and Jenna Schoppe - The Producers - NightBlue Performing Arts Company
Christopher Logan - A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Stephen Schellhardt - Dogfight - BoHo Theatre
Sawyer Smith - Heathers: The Musical - Kokandy Productions
Cameron Turner - The Boy From Oz - Pride Films and Plays

Dogfight photograph: Amy Boyle

ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A PLAY

ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A PLAY

Leif Olsen - Beast on the Moon - Raven Theatre
Danny Rockett - How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients -Trap Door Theatre
Andrew Rovner - The December Man - Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.

The December Man photograph: Emily Schwartz

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MUSIC DIRECTION

MUSIC DIRECTION

Kory Danielson - Heathers: The Musical - Kokandy Productions
Kory Danielson - Loving Repeating - Kokandy Productions
Nicholas Davio - Murder Ballad - Bailiwick Chicago
Jeremy Ramey - My Way - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Jeremy Ramey - Rent - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Rent photograph: Adam Veness

SCENIC DESIGN

SCENIC DESIGN

William Boles - Barefoot in the Park - Step Up Productions
Jeffrey D. Kmiec - A Loss of Roses - Raven Theatre
Kevin Hagan - Lips Together, Teeth Apart - Eclipse Theatre Company
Mike Mroch - After Miss Julie - Strawdog Theatre Company
Joe Schermoly - Pocatello - Griffin Theatre Company
John Wilson - Byhalia, Mississippi - The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company

Pocatello photograph: Michael Brosilow

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LIGHTING DESIGN

LIGHTING DESIGN

Michael C. Smith - The Drowning Girls - Signal Ensemble Theatre
Charles Cooper - Murder Ballad - Bailiwick Chicago
Diane D. Fairchild - No More Sad Things - Sideshow Theatre Company
John Kelly - D.O.A. - Strawdog Theatre Company
Eric Watkins - Porcelain - Prologue Theatre Company

No More Sad Things photograph: Jonathan L. Green

COSTUME DESIGN

COSTUME DESIGN

Raquel Adorno - D.O.A. - Strawdog Theatre Company
John Nasca - The Boy From Oz - Pride Films and Plays
John Nasca - Design for Living - Pride Films and Plays
Kate Setzer Kamphausen - Miracle! - Hell in a Handbag Productions
Rachel M. Sypniewski - London Wall - Griffin Theatre Company

London Wall photograph: Michael Brosilow

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SOUND DESIGN

SOUND DESIGN

Joe Court - Last Train to Nibroc - Haven Theatre
Cooper Forsman - A Perfect Ganesh - Eclipse Theatre Company
Jeffrey Levin - The Hairy Ape - Oracle Theatre
Jeffrey Levin - The Long Christmas Ride Home - Strawdog Theatre Company
Danny Rockett - The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls - Trap Door Theatre

Last Train to Nibroc photograph: Brian Jarreau

ARTISTIC SPECIALIZATION

ARTISTIC SPECIALIZATION

Breon Arzell - Step Master - The Hairy Ape - Oracle Theatre
R&D Choreography - Violence Design - D.O.A. - Strawdog Theatre Company
Stephanie Diaz - Puppet Design - The Long Christmas Ride Home - Strawdog Theatre Company
David Knezz - Mask Design - Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys - Raven Theatre

The Long Christmas Ride Home photograph: KBH Media

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