The Joseph Jefferson Committee is an independent non-profit organization which sponsors the Joseph Jefferson Awards
, an annual ceremony honoring excellence in Chicago area theatre. These awards are known as “The Jeffs” The committee gives both equity and non-equity Jeff awards in many categories, including acting, directing, design, ensemble, and production.
The committee sends representatives to the opening night of every eligible show in the Chicago area. The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when, after the opening night of its run, at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed excellent by the opening night judges of the Joseph Jefferson Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.