October 2, 2019

BTAA Ethel Waters Award Nomination For Best Actress in an Ensemble

BTAA AWARDS! “Court Theater’s production of Ntozake Shange’s FOR COLORED GIRLS/who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf has been nominated for 5 Black Theater Alliance Awards; including Best Direction of an Ensemble (Seret Scott), Best Choreography (Leah Casey), Best Costumes (Samantha C. Jones), and Best Actress in an Ensemble (Melissa DuPrey and AnJi White)


The Black Theater Alliance Awards, Inc. (BTAA) announces nominations for the 25th Annual Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards. Productions produced and presented on the Chicago stages between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019 were eligible for this season's nomination consideration. 

In a season that the city of Chicago deemed as 2019 Year Of Chicago Theatre. BTAA saw 70 productions, and from that became 28 categories created, and 143 BTAA nominees. BTAA reviews equity and non-equity productions and performances, and are considered in the same category to compete. In 1995, BTAA established a policy that only African American theater companies, and organizations are solely considered for Best Play, Best Musical, Best Music/Dance Program, and Outstanding Stage Production.

The Black Theater Alliance Awards, Inc. has inducted two legendary Chicago names to 2 of BTAA categories, and they are Joel Hall, Founder of The Joel Hall Dancers and Center, and Joseph Holmes, Founder of The Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre. The Best Choreography in a Music/Dance Program will be The Joel Hall Award, and The Best Music/Dance Program will be The Joseph Holmes Award.

Included as part of the 25th annual BTA Awards program is The Henry L. English Black Theater Alliance Award of Merit to Shepsu Aakhu, Founder and Executive Director of MPAACT Productions, and Kevin Iega Jeff, Founder and Artistic Director of Deeply Rooted Productions. Both are founders of their organizations, and both are currently running their organizations.

The 25th Annual Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards is a business attire event, and the recipients in each of the 28 BTAA categories will be announced on Monday, October 14, 2019 at Columbia College Chicago in The Conaway Center on the main floor, located at 1104 S. Wabash Avenue in Chicago, IL.  There will be a reception with food, wine, and beverages starting at 7pm, followed by the 25th Annual Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards presentation at 8pm.