Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre has received 11 nominations for the 23rd annual Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards.

The Black Theater Alliance Awards, Inc. was founded in 1995 to honor African-Americans who achieve excellence in theater, dance and all areas of the performing and technical arts in the Chicago area. Stage productions produced and presented during the 12 months ending July 31 were eligible for this season’s awards.

FJT’s award nominations include:

  • Outstanding Stage Production – Yellowman
  • Best Ensemble – Yellowman
  • Best Direction of an Ensemble – Tim Rhoze, Yellowman
  • Best Actor in an Ensemble – Jelani Pitcher, Sweet
  • Best Actor in an Ensemble – Michael Rawls, Yellowman
  • Best Actress in an Ensemble – Shadana Patterson, Yellowman
  • Most Promising Actor – Jelani Pitcher, Sweet
  • Most Promising Actress – Adia Alli, Sweet
  • Best Musical Direction – Christie Chiles Twillie, Yellowman
  • Best Lighting Design – Phoenix and Oliver Ballentine, Sweet
  • Best Set Design – Tim Rhoze, Sweet

Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct, 23, at the BTA Awards held at the Conaway Center at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, in Chicago.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is a City of Evanston-sponsored premier professional theatre with a commitment to diversity and creative excellence.

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  1. Fleetwood – Jourdain Theatre nominated

    This nomination is so deserved. Thanks to Tim Rhoze, actors, support team, financial supports from the City and local business for providing this ” gem ” of a theactoial experience in Evanston. I saw Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill and it was amazing!

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