The Joseph Jefferson Awards, which recognize the best in Chicago theatre, have announced the 2002 nominations. Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire led the pack with 16 nominations apiece; Court Theatre received 11 nods, Writers' Theatre had 10, and Steppenwolf got nine.

The awards ceremony will be held November 4 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, IL.

The nominees in the design categories are as follows:

Lighting Design
Kevin Adams, Richard II, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Brian MacDevitt, The Visit, The Goodman Theatre
Howard Werner, As You Like It, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Robert Wierzel, The Tempest, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Diane Ferry Williams, Miss Saigon, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire

Scenic Design
John Lee Beatty, Maria Arndt, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Geoffrey M. Curley & Ray Vlcek, Misalliance, Writers' Theatre
James Leonard Joy, As You Like It, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Derek McLane, Glengarry Glen Ross, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
James Schuette, The Royal Family, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Joey Wade, The Price, Writers' Theatre

Costume Design
Mara Blumenfeld, Pacific Overtures, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Mara Blumenfeld, The Royal Family, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Nan Cibula-Jenkins, The Tempest, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Mariann Verheyen, As You Like It, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Kaye Voyce, Mary Stuart, Court Theatre

Sound Design
Duncan Robert Edwards, Miss Saigon, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire
Joseph Fosco, Bug, A Red Orchid Theatre
Lindsay Jones, The Chairs, Court Theatre
Lindsay Jones, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Robert Neuhaus, The Tempest, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre