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The St. Clair Bayfield Award

Tina Benko receives Equity Shakespeare Award

Tina Benko has received the annual St. Clair Bayfield Award presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation for her performance as Titania in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Julie Taymor as Theatre for a New Audience’s inaugural production at its new home in Brooklyn. The announcement was made by Arne Gundersen, President of the Actors’ Equity Foundation.

Benko recently played the title roles in Jackie at the Women’s Project, for which she received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination, and Toni Morrison’s Desdemona. Broadway appearances include Irina’s Vow, Top Girls, A Day in the Life of Joe Egg and Hedda Gabler. She also has appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, The New Group and 59E59 in New York.

The St. Clair Bayfield Award was established in 1973 in memory of Equity member St. Clair Bayfield and honors the best performance in a supporting role by an actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area. The recipient receives a $1,000 check and a crystal plaque, which was presented at Equity’s Eastern Regional Membership Meeting on January 10, 2014 at the New York City Equity office.

The Judges Panel for the Bayfield Award includes: Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out New York; Susan Haskins, Theater Talk; Harry Haun, Playbill; and David Rosenberg, nytheaterscene.com.

Previous recipients of Equity’s St. Clair Bayfield Award include: Carmen DeLavalade, Dana Ivey, Charles Kimbrough, Nathan Lane, Brian Murray, Bradley Whitford, and, in 2012, David Furr.


Nick Westrate accepted the Award on behalf of Tina Benko
Photo: Stephanie Masucci

 

Award pages:

ACCA
Arizona Theatre Service
Bayfield
Callaway
Derwent
Diversity on Broadway
Eisenberg
Jordan
Lamkey
LeNoire
Quinn
Robeson
Seff
Sturtevant


Established in 1973 in memory of Equity member St. Clair Bayfield, the Award honors the best performance by an actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area.



Recipients of the St. Clair Bayfield Award are:

Year Recipient Role Play Production
1973 Barnard Hughes Dogberry MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING New York Shakespeare Festival
1974 Randy Kim Trinculo THE TEMPEST New York Shakespeare Festival
1975 John Glover Clown THE WINTER'S TALE New York Shakespeare Festival
1976 Carolyne McWilliams Mariana MEASURE FOR MEASURE New York Shakespeare Festival
1977 No Award
1978 Carmen DeLavalape Emelia OTHELLO New York Shakespeare Festival
1979 Robert Christian Aufidius CORIOLANUS New York Shakespeare Festival
1980 No award
1981 Ralph Drischell Earl of Worchester HENRY IV New York Shakespeare Festival
1982 Tom Spackman Edmund KING LEAR New York Shakespeare Festival
1983 Concetta Tomei Queen Elizabeth RICHARD III New York Shakespeare Festival
1984 Anthony Heald Fluellen HENRY V New York Shakespeare Festival
1985 No award
1986 Nathan Lane Pompey MEASURE FOR MEASURE New York Shakespeare Festival
1987 No Award
1988 Bradley Witford Paris ROMEO AND JULIET New York Shakespeare Festival
1989 Keith David Aufidius CORLIOLANUS New York Shakespeare Festival
1990 Dana Ivey Gertrude HAMLET New York Shakespeare Festival
1991 Bryon Jennings Pericles PERICLES New York Shakespeare Festival
1992 Elizabeth McGovern Rosalind AS YOU LIKE IT New York Shakespeare Festival
1993 Michael Cumpsty Alcibiades TIMON OF ATHENS National Theatre
1994 Malcom Gets Proteus TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA New York Shakespeare Festival
1995 Stephen Spinella Pandarus TROILUS & CRESSIDA New York Shakespeare Festival
1996 Nicholas Kepros Escalus MEASURE FOR MEASURE Theatre for a New Audience
1997 Jayne Atkinson Katherine HENRY VIII New York Shakespeare Festival
1998 Brian Murray Toby Belch TWELFTH NIGHT Lincoln Center
1999 Max Wright Christopher Sly TAMING OF THE SHREW New York Shakespeare Festival
2000 Rachel Botchan Lady Ann RICHARD III Pearl Theatre
2001 Andrew Weems Thersites TROILUS & CRESSIDA Theatre for a New Audience
2002 Ray Virta Benedick MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Pearl Theatre
2003 Dakin Matthews Glendower / Warwick HENRY IV Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre
2004 Carman Lacivita multiple characters ROSE RAGE: HENRY VI, 1,2,3 Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2005 Colm Feore Cassius JULIUS CAESAR  
2006 George Morfogen Duke of York RICHARD II Classic Stage Company
2007 Jay O. Sanders Bottom A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Public Theatre
2008 Stark Sands   THE TEMPEST Classic Stage Company
2009 David Pittu   TWELFTH NIGHT Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park
2010 Charles Kimbrough Prince of Arragon THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Public Theatre
2011 Nick Westrate Berowne LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST Public Theatre
2012 David Furr Orlando AS YOU LIKE IT Public Theatre
2013 Tina Benko Titania A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM THEATRE FOR A NEW AUDIENCE
 
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