October 14, 2011
Jeffrey Marks–Media Chair,
312–606–0400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Hires–Equity Chair, email@example.com
Special Jeff Award to Honor Hedy Weiss’s
Career in Chicago Theatre Criticism
14, 2011 - Chicago, IL. A Special Jeff Award will be
presented to Sun-Times theatre critic
Hedy Weiss at the Jeff Awards Ceremony, November 7, in recognition of her
contributions to Chicagoland theatre. In
addition to being an effective and knowledgeable chronicler of the growth of Chicago theatres, Hedy has consistently encouraged and
supported young emerging theatres and artists and been a strong supporter of
new works and new adaptations coming from the diverse Chicago theatre scene.
Hedy Weiss has been Theater and Dance
Critic of the Chicago Sun-Times since 1984, reporting on local, national and
international productions, as well as a wide range of other subjects including
art and architecture, books, travel and international affairs.
Since 2002, she also has served as
Theater and Dance Critic for "Chicago Tonight,"
the nightly news magazine on WTTW-Channel 11, Chicago's PBS station, and she has
contributed frequently to radio programs on WGN and WBEZ radio. A Contributing
Editor to Dance Magazine, Weiss' work also has appeared in the London Observer,
the Boston Globe, the Lincoln Center Playbill, Pointe Magazine and many other
publications. She has served on the Pulitzer Prize panel for Drama three times.
In 1997, during a sabbatical in Europe,
Weiss covered news events in Serbia,
Bosnia, Poland, Hungary,
Germany and other parts of
Eastern and Western Europe for the Sun-Times. The New Europe, her five-part series
inspired by that year abroad, was nominated for several major awards.
In October 2010, Weiss received an award
from the Arts and Business Council of Chicago citing her as one of the top 25
influential forces in the arts in Chicago,
and for making "outstanding and lasting contributions to Chicago¹s lively,
diverse arts landscape."
Born in New York,
Weiss graduated from Hunter College with a degree in English literature and art
history, and early on pursued a career as a dancer and choreographer, with
professional training at the Metropolitan Opera and Joffrey Ballet
Schools. She moved to Chicago in 1980 and
worked for four years as an assistant professor at the Theatre School of DePaul
University before turning to full-time journalism.
The 43rd Annual Jeff Awards ceremony
honoring excellence in professional theatre produced within the immediate Chicago area will be held
on Monday, November 7, at Drury Lane Oakbrook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.
Pre-show Appetizers and Cash Bar will run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the
Awards Ceremony, directed by Michael Weber, will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a
Buffet and Reception immediately following.
Musical numbers featuring cast members from nominated musicals and video
segments from nominated plays will highlight the Jeff Awards ceremony. Advance
purchase tickets, which include the ceremony and buffets, are $75 ($55 for
members of Actors' Equity Association, United Scenic Artists, Stage Directors
and Choreographers Society, Stage Managers’ Association, and The Dramatists
Guild of America). The evening is black tie optional and the public is
cordially invited to attend. To purchase tickets, visit the Jeff Awards website
at www.jeffawards.org. For more information,
contact Equity Chair Diane Hires at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jeff Awards has been honoring
outstanding theatre artists annually since it was established in 1968. With up to 50 members representing a wide
variety of backgrounds in theatre, the Jeff Awards is committed to celebrating
the vitality of Chicago
area theatre by recognizing excellence through its recommendations, awards, and
honors. The Jeff Awards fosters the
artistic growth of area theatres and theatre artists and promotes educational
opportunities, audience appreciation, and civic pride in the achievements of
the theatre community. Each year the
Jeff Awards evaluates over 250 theatrical productions and holds two awards
ceremonies. Originally chartered to recognize only Equity productions, the Jeff
Awards established the Non-Equity Wing in 1973 to celebrate outstanding
achievement in non-union theatre. The next Non-Equity awards ceremony will be
held on June 4, 2012, at the Park West.
SPECIAL NOTICE TO NEWS MEDIA
Your complimentary ticket to the 43rd Annual Equity Jeff Awards
Ceremony will be held at the News Media Table at the Drury Lane Theatre only if you make a reservation
in advance with Jeffrey Marks at 312.606.0400 or email@example.com.
award recipients will be released immediately following the presentation
ceremony November 7 by email and on our website. Photos from the event will
be available on our website.
A Media Curtain is available for your own
photos. We will also have an interview area available to you, and will assist
in bringing interviewees to that area. If you need a quote or interview with
any Jeff Awards committee member, please call or e-mail Jeffrey Marks at
312-606-0400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jeff Awards website, www.jeffawards.org. lists all the current
Equity nominees and statistics, along with previous recipients and nominees and
other Jeff Awards information and news.
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