Lifetime Achievement Recipient

Annalee Jefferies

Ms. Jefferies is a performing artist who has worked in theater, film, and television spanning 43 years. She began her career as a company member for three seasons at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. She spent twenty years as a company member at the Alley Theater in Houston, Texas. Some of her outstanding roles at the Alley Theater include “Angels in America” which also toured to the Venice Viennale, “Bad Dates”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Hedda Gabler”, “Danton’s Death” (directed by Robert Wilson), “A Moon for the Misbegotten”. She also performed in the nine-hour trilogy of Horton Foote’s “Orphans Home Cycle” in New York City, which won the Drama Desk and Tony Awards for “Theatrical Event of the Season” 2010. Her characters in plays by Tennessee Williams include Violet in “Suddenly Last Summer” (Westport Country Playhouse), Hannah in “Night of the Iguana”, four characters in “Eight by Tenn”, Blanche in “A Streetcar Named Desire”, “A Lovely Sunday at Creve Coeur” (Hartford Stage), Carol in “Orpheus Descending” (Alley Theater),

Amanda in “The Glass Menagerie” (directed by David Cromer at the Kansas City Repertory Theater). She toured England in John Barton’s ten-hour epic, “Tantalus” (directed by Sir Peter Hall with the Royal Shakespeare Company). Her film performances include “Hellion”, (directed by Kat Candler (Sundance and SXSW), “Arlo and Julie” (SXSW), “The Sideways Light” (written and directed by Jen Harlow), “Monsters” (directed by Gareth Edwards with Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able), “As Far as the Eye Can See”, “The Girl” (directed by David Riker with Will Patton), “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”(directed by David Lowery), “Violets are Blue”(with Sissy Spacek), and “No Mercy”(with Richard Gere). Her television credits are “Charlie’s Angels”, “LA Law”, “Dallas, ‘Ned Blessing” (written and directed by Bill Wittliff), War of the Worlds (PBS American Experience), and three seasons (OWN 2018-2020) as Frances Boudreaux in Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar”.

She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.

Annalee Jefferies has managed the family farm for 20 years in Brenham Texas where she currently lives.