Awards & Press

A W A R D S

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Production-midsize, It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Production-midsize, The Columnist

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Musical-midsize, Little Shop of Horrors

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Production-midsize, The Rainmaker

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Production-large, Native Son

Joseph Jefferson Award for Solo Performance, Grounded 

Joseph Jefferson Award for Musical-midsize, Hank Williams: Lost Highway 

Broadway World Chicago Award nomination for Best Actress, Grounded

Broadway World Chicago Award nomination for Best Musical, Hank Williams: Lost Highway (2014)

Broadway World Chicago Award nomination for Best Musical, Hank Williams: Lost Highway (2013)

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Production-midsize, Collected Stories

Broadway World Chicago Award for Best Actress, Collected Stories

Broadway World Chicago Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play, Collected Stories

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Production-midsize, Tobacco Road

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Solo Performance, the k of d: an urban legend

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Supporting Actress in a Play, St. Scarlet

Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Ensemble, Metamorphoses

Joseph Jefferson Citation nomination for Ensemble, Dream Boy

After Dark Award for Best Production, Dream Boy

After Dark Award for Best Ensemble, Bus Stop

Chicago Internation Film Festival - Silver Plaque Jury Prize & Best Short, Big Canyon

IFP Conference Spotlight Short, Big Canyon

SAIC Excellence in Leadership Award: "Service, Advocacy, Innovation, Community"

Bomb Magazine Annual Prize - Finalist, fiction

Glimmertrain Press Award - Finalist, short fiction

P R E S S

"Gwendolyn Whiteside is an actress who understands that truth lies in the details." Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones

"Scintillating! Incendiary leave-it-all-on-the-table performance." Chicago Tribune, Kerry Reid

"Whiteside's bravura turn [is as] intense as her imaginative gifts." Chicago Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss

"The Players: 50 People Who Really Perform in Chicago." Newcity, Brian Hieggelke

"You do not want to miss one word or look from this brilliant actress." Al Bresloff

"Thriving performance...at the top of [her] game." Stage & Cinema, Tony Frankel

"Delivers [Mary Bailey] will all the charm and charisma that these iconic lead roles require." Newcity, Brian Hieggelke

"Performance that stands out is from Gwendolyn Whiteside." Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones

"Whiteside does a beautiful job allowing us to enter into his dream world." Examiner, Katelyn Coyne

"Whiteside is the heart of this piece. She writhes and floats, her physical command is impressive. She sits behind flat eyes, staring at a world that hates her sight." Chicago Theatre Blog, Scotty Zacher

"Whiteside handles this difficult role with great ease." Steadstyle Chicago, Al Bresloff

"The full weight of the story rests on Ms. Whiteside's narrow shoulders, where it also amazingly takes flight." Talkin' Broadway, Richard Green

"Whiteside fills the stage with her rich, believable portrayals. [She] seamlessly transforms from one character to the next, recreating conversations among four or five people at once; masterful use of voice, body language and mannerisms." And Now Presenting, Sarah R. Gross

"Fresh performance is excellent. She gives one of the finest monologues ever spoken on stage." Inglewood Weekly, Melissa Mayer

"Uber-kinetic Whiteside is way, way over the top.  She's consistently funny and a genuine pleasure." Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones

"She's a skilled comedian with impeccable timing and a strong sense of physicality." Chicago Free Press, Louis Weisberg

"Whiteside is flawless." Copley News Service, Dan Zeff

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