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
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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.