Alumni, Faculty Shine at Jeff Awards

The red Jeff Awards logo on a white backgroundImage courtesy of The Joseph Jefferson Awards
Columbia College Chicago Theatre alumni and faculty were honored at Chicago’s top theatre awards.

Columbia College Chicago’s influence was strongly felt at the Joseph Jefferson Awards for Non-Equity Theatre.  Theatre Department alumni and faculty were honored for their outstanding contributions to the Chicago theatrical community at the 49th Anniversary Non-Equity ceremony on March 27.

The ceremony was directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo '15, a graduate of the Theatre Directing program.  

The awards recognized works from the 2021-2022 theatre season. The following faculty and alumni were winners at one of Chicago theatre’s biggest nights:  


  • Dakota Hughes '15, for Performer in a Supporting Role—Short Run Production for her work in Frankenstreisand by Hell in a Handbag Productions. Hughes is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Performance BFA programFrankenstreisand was written by alum Tyler Anthony Smith '17 and was directed by alum and faculty member Stephanie Shaw '92, MFA '09.  
  • Kevin Rolfs '17 for Scenic Design for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf for Invictus Theatre Company. Rolfs is a graduate of the Theatre Design program. 
  • Benjamin Carne '18 for Lighting Design for Botticelli in the Fire for First Floor Theatre. Carne is a graduate of the Theatre Design program. 
  • Theatre faculty member Tommy Rivera-Vega for Performer in a Principal Role–Short Run Production for Tebas Land, presented by the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance in partnership with the National Museum of Mexican Art.