NIU School of Theatre and Dance Associate Professor Brandon Wardell has been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award in the category of lighting design for his work in the Steep Theatre production of “Lela and Co.”

The Non-Equity Jeff Awards recognize outstanding achievement in professional productions of Chicago area theaters not operating under union contracts.  The ceremony for the 45th Annual Jeff Awards will be held Monday, June 11 at the Athenaeum Theatre and hosted by Veronica Garza.

Wardell is head of BFA and MFA Lighting Design programs at NIU and has taught in the School of Theatre and Dance since 2010.