2020 Jeff Awards Puts Spotlight on Chicago Asian American Theatre Artists

2020 Jeff Awards Nominate Three for Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap

2020 Jeff AwardsThe 2020 Jeff Awards announces the nominees for the 52nd annual awards for theater excellence that include 142 theater artists across 30 artistic and technical categories. The awards will be presented in an online program on Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:00PM.

The traditional Equity season runs August 1st through July 31st however, this year, it ended March 13th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of the 2019-2020 season, Jeff Awards members attended the openings of 78 productions. From these, 64 productions became “Jeff Recommended.” With two productions having runs so short (due to the pandemic shutdown), a total of 62 productions became eligible for 2020 award nominations.

The Asian American nominees include:

Performer in a Supporting Role – Play
James Seol (Wen Chang) – “The Great Leap” – Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Scenic Design – Large
Takeshi Kata – “Bug” – Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Projection Design
Hana Kim – “The King’s Speech” – Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Lighting Design – Large
Keith Parham – “The Great Leap” – Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Original Music in a Play
Pornchanok Kanchanabanca – “The Great Leap” – Steppenwolf Theatre Company


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