Last month, CST Founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines emceed the 50th Annual Equity Jeff Awards with Jackie Taylor, the Founder and CEO of Black Ensemble Theater. The Jeff Awards celebrates the vitality of professional theater produced within the greater Chicago area by recognizing excellence through its recommendations, awards, and honors. Three of Chicago Shakespeare’s 2017/18 productions received ten total nominations in nine categories, including winners Thom Weaver and André Pluess for their lighting and sound design of Macbeth, and Susan E. Mickey for her costume design of The Taming of the Shrew. This makes a grand total of 88 Jeff Awards for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.