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The St. Clair Bayfield Award
This award was established in 1973 to honor an actor giving the most outstanding performance in a supporting role in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area. The award is given in January after a winner is chosen by a panel of critics and members of the theatre community and includes $1000 and a crystal plaque.

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The Joe A. Callaway Awards
These awards were established in 1989 to honor a male and a female actor for the best performance in a classical play in the New York metropolitan area, selected by a panel of critics. The award is given in January and includes $1000 and a commemorative plaque.

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The Clarence Derwent Awards
Established in 1945, the Clarence Derwent Award is a crystal plaque and $2,000 to a male and a female actor for the most promising performance in a supporting role, as selected by a committee organized under the auspices of Actors' Equity. Derwent's will stipulated a Trust Fund for the AEA Foundation to fund the awards. The Derwent Award is given at the end of the theatre season in June.

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Lucy Jordan Award
The Award was started in 1992 to honor the legacy of Lucy Finney Jordan, a former ballerina and chorus “gypsy” who, for many years, was the “face” of Actors’ Equity in the Western Region as the Union’s Outside Field Rep. The award is given to those who demonstrate a “a lifetime commitment to the theatre and especially, helping other theatre artists.”

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The Rosetta LeNoire Award
The Rosetta LeNoire Award was established by Actors' Equity Association's Council on December 13, 1988 in order to recognize those members that adhere to the union's policy regarding non-traditional casting, and increasing diversity within the theatre, but were unrecognized for efforts in this arena. In addition, Council felt that holding up as a positive example those theatres and/or producers that do create ethnically diverse casting opportunities, that it would serve as an incentive for other theatres to also make strides in this area.

The award was named in honor of the actress Rosetta LeNoire, who was also the first recipient, not only because of her body of work in the theatre - and her work with the then-titled Actors' Equity Association's Ethnic Minorities Committee - but also for founding the AMAS Repertory Theatre Company, an organization dedicated to maintaining an "interracial company" of actors. In addition to her film and television work, Ms. LeNoire made her Broadway debut in Mike Todd's 1939 production of HOT MIKADO and went on to appear in such other hits as ANNA LUCASTA, BLUES FOR MR. CHARLIE, THE SUNSHINE BOYS, and MISTER JOHNSON.

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Paul Robeson Citation Award
On June 1, 1971, the Council of Actors' Equity Association established what is now known as the Paul Robeson Committee, and designated Frederick O'Neal as Chair. The Committee resolved to present annual citations to the individual or organization that, during the preceding year or years, best exemplified and practiced the principles and ideals of this great humanitarian, Paul Robeson.

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The Richard Seff Award
In 2003 the Actors' Equity Foundation established the Richard Seff Award, an annual award to be given to a male and female character actor who is 50 years old or older and who has been a member of the Actors' Equity for 25 years or longer, for the best performance in a featured or unfeatured supporting role in a Broadway or Off Broadway production. These actors may not be stars as determined by Equity, and an actor may only be the recipient of this award one time.

The award consists of a $1000 honorarium plus a crystal trophy. The first 2004 awards were presented at the Council meeting in July of that year.

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Max McQueen

The Arizona Theatre Service Award
The Arizona Theatre Service Award is given by Equity members in Arizona, to recognize individuals who have contributed to the health and visibility of live theatre in their state. "Arizona is possessed of a rich cultural community and is blessed with partners who are deeply deserving of public appreciation for their work in bringing theatre to the people of our communities," said Equity liaison committee members Charles St. Clair and Mark DeMichele. The award is presented in the Fall.

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The Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award
The Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award, given under the auspices of the Actors' Equity Foundation, is available to current Equity Membership Candidates (EMC) who have demonstrated outstanding abilities in the musical theatre field. The award, consisting of a $1,000 check and a certificate, is presented to one male and one female EMC based on a videotape audition, written recommendations, and a completed application. A panel including actor/members of the Actors' Equity Foundation and members of the Casting Society of America choose the recipients of the award and announce the winners each April. The judging panel strictly adheres to the principles of non-traditional casting and actively encourages actors of all cultural backgrounds to apply.

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 Click here for Award application (Document Library - EMC page)

Patrick Quinn

The Patrick Quinn Award
This award was established in 2007 under the auspices of the Actors' Equity Foundation to honor an individual who has worked tirelessly for the betterment of actors. The Patrick Quinn Award for Distinguished Service to Actors was established by his estate which created a fund to recognize and reward those who give so much of themselves to to improve the lives of actors. The recipient is selected by a panel chosen by the Foundation and is awarded a crystal piece and $1,000 check.

Quinn served as Equity's President from 2000-2006, and held many leadership positions within the Union. He was a founding member of Equity Fights AIDS, and served as second VP of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He was a Trustee of The Actors' Fund of America, the Equity-League Health, Pension and 401(k) Trust Funds, and First VP of the Actor's Equity Foundation. In 2005, Quinn was honored with the Edwin Forrest Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts by the Walnut Street Theatre, for his work both onstage and as President of Actors' Equity.

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ACCA Award
AEA's Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA) has chosen the winner of the new ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus in the 2011-2012 season: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. This is the first industry award of its type to honor the distinctive talents and contributions made by the chorus of a Broadway musical. The award ceremony will be held at the Friday, November 18, 2011 at Equity's headquarters in New York City

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Alan Eisenberg

Eisenberg Award
The Actors' Equity/Alan Eisenberg Award was established in 2007 in recognition of the Mr. Eisenberg's twenty-five years of dedicated service to AEA as the Union's Executive Director. The $5000 award goes to a graduating senior from the University of Michigan's Musical Theatre Department to recognize outstanding talent and career potential. The winner is selected by Brent Wagner, Chair of the Department.

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Broadway Diversity Award

Broadway Diversity Award
The "Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award" was created in 2007 to recognize casting in Broadway productions that reflect the true tapestry of the American cultural landscape and reinforce the ways that theatre can spearhead inclusion. The award is given periodically by the Eastern Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.

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Spirit Award

Kathryn V. Lamkey Award
The Kathryn V. Lamkey Award Spirit honors Central Region members of color, minority-based and focused theatres, and theatres that make non-traditional casting a priority all season long.

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Award pages:

Arizona Theatre Service
Diversity on Broadway

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