Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumnus Ryan Bourque ’09 has won a 2017 Joseph Jefferson Award for Non-Equity Theatre — aka the Jeff Award — for his Fight Choreography for Prowess, presented by Jackalope Theatre Company, an ensemble founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni.
Bourque is a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Acting program. As a student he was active in the Theatre Department’s Stage Combat program, which prepared him for his successful double career as an actor and theatrical fight choreographer. Bourque has won two previous Jeff Awards for Fight Choreography — in 2013 for The Hypocrites’ Coriolanus and in 2015 for The Hypocrites’ All Our Tragic.
Also, composer George Howe, a Columbia College Chicago Music Department staff accompanist, won a 2017 Non-Equity Jeff Award for “New Musical” for Lifeline Theatre’s musical version of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, which Howe wrote in collaboration with playwright Robert Kauzlaric.
The Non-Equity Jeff Awards, the top prize in Chicago’s lively non-Equity theatre scene, were presented Monday, June 5, 2017, at the Athenaeum Theatre, located at 2936 N. Southport, in Chicago’s Belmont Theatre District. The Non-Equity Jeffs celebrate excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. This year’s Non-Equity Jeffs recognized productions that opened between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017. For a complete list of nominees and winners, click here.