The St. Clair Bayfield Award
Amanda Quaid Garners Equity Foundation Shakespeare Award
Amanda Quaid received the annual St. Claire Bayfield Award presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation for her performance in Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre presented by the Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit. The production toured mental health shelters, recreational centers and correctional facilities in Manhattan’s five boroughs before settling in for a run at the Public’s Lafayette Street home.
The award was presented during Equity’s Eastern Regional Membership Meeting on January 9, 2015, at the Equity office in New York City.
Established in 1973 in memory of Equity member St. Clair Bayfield, the award honors the best performance in a supporting role by an Actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York City metropolitan area. The recipient receives a $1,000 check and an engraved crystal plaque.
No stranger to Shakespeare, Amanda Quaid got her Equity card playing Rosalind in As You Like It at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. She made her Broadway debut in 2008 in Equus. Quaid starred Off-Broadway in the U.S. premiere of Mike Bartlett’s Cock and was nominated for the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in Luck of the Irish at Lincoln Center/LCT3. Other credits include the world premiere of Christopher Durang’s Not a Creature Was Stirring at the Flea theatre, as well as performances at Playwright Horizons, Signature Theater, Soho Rep, Classic Stage Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Irish Rep, The Old Globe and Culture Project.
“I was told that acting, at best, is a public service,” she said upon accepting the award. “I believe that. This award is a great reminder that every audience, on some level, is at need for what we do.”
Previous recipients of the St. Clair Bayfield Award include: Carmen de Lavallade, Dana Ivey, Charles Kimbrough, Nathan Lane, Brian Murray, Bradley Whitford, and, in 2013, Tina Benko.
The Actors’ Equity Foundation, a philanthropic and humanitarian non-profit organization, was created in 1962 to aid and assist the members of the acting profession and to promote the theatre arts. It is separate from Actors’ Equity Association and is funded by estate bequests and individual donations.
2014 Joe A. Callaway Award recipient Suzanne Bertish, 2014 St. Claire Bayfield Award recipient Amanda Quaid, Actors’ Equity Foundation President Arne Gunderson, 2014 Joe A. Callaway Award recipient Paxton Whitehead and AEA President Nick Wyman.
Photo: Stephanie Masucci
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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.