On September 12, the nominees for the 2005 Joseph Jefferson Awards, celebrating excellence in the Chicago area's Equity theatre community, were unveiled. A total of 120 Equity productions by 51 Chicago producing companies were judged during the 2004-05 Equity season, running Aug. 1, 2004, through July 31, 2005.

Marriott Theatre led other theatre companies with 22 nominations for three productions. Other companies with numerous nominations are Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, 13; Steppenwolf Theatre, 11; and Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago, 10.

The nominees in the design categories are:

Scenic Design
Scott Bradley, Silk, Goodman Theatre
Santo Loquasto, The Dresser, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Jack Magaw, Seven Guitars, Congo Square Theatre Company
James Noone, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Keith Pitts, Vincent in Brixton, Apple Tree Theatre

Costume Design
Mara Blumenfeld, Lookingglass Alice, Lookingglass Theatre Company and Actors Gymnasium
Mara Blumenfeld, Silk, Goodman Theatre
Jacqueline Firkins, The Importance of Being Earnest, Court Theatre
Fritz Masten, Diva Diaries, The Diva Company LLC
Nancy Missimi, Beauty and the Beast, Marriott Theatre
Mariann Verheyen, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Sound Design
Andy Brommel and Andre Pluess, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Next Theatre Company
Joshua Horvath and Andre Pluess, 1984, Lookingglass Theatre Company
Lindsay Jones, Kabuki Lady Macbeth, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Lindsay Jones, Kid-Simple, American Theater Company
Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman, Red Herring, Northlight Theatre

Lighting Design
Chris Binder, Lookingglass Alice, Lookingglass Theatre Company and Actors Gymnasium
T. J. Gerckens, Silk, Goodman Theatre
Michael Rourke, Kabuki Lady Macbeth, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Diane Ferry Williams, Beauty and the Beast, Marriott Theatre
Diane Ferry Williams, Sunset Boulevard, Marriott Theatre

The winners will be announced at the 37th annual awards ceremony Nov. 7 at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place.

For a complete list of nominees, click here.