The St. Clair Bayfield Award
Andy Grotelueschen Receives Equity Foundation Shakespeare Award
Andy Grotelueschen received the annual St. Clair Bayfield Award presented by the Actors Equity Foundation for his performance as Launce in the Fiasco Theater’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona. The award was presented at Actors’ Equity Association’s Eastern Regional Membership Meeting at 2 p.m. on January 8, 2016, 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.
Presenting the award to Grotelueschen, director and Theatre for a New Audience founder Jeffrey Horowitz said, “When you say [Grotelueschen] is winning for supporting, this guy’s herculean when he supports. He created characters that had an incredible love for a feast of language [in Two Gentlemen of Verona]. He took 17th century humor and he made it incredibly funny. That’s a great gift.”
The multi-talented Grotelueschen, who admits to having such special skills as playing several stringed and percussion instruments, speaking in various regional dialects and doing “scary backward talking,” has appeared in regional theatres from New York (The Acting Company) to Minneapolis (The Guthrie) and previously acted in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and Henry V. Earlier, in 2015, he pulled triple duty playing three roles (Milky White, Florinda and Rapunzel’s Prince) as a member of the ten-person cast of Roundabout Theatre’s presentation of the McCarter Theatre/Fiasco Theater production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
Having just celebrated 10 years as a union member, Grotelueschen thanked all of those who have helped him get to this point in his career. “To my favorite artists and dearest friends,” he said, “you make me dream for the future and proud of my past. I’m grateful each day for you.”
The judges for the Bayfield Award are: Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News: Adam Feldman, Time Out New York; Susan Haskins, Theater Talk; Harry Haun, Playbill; and David Rosenberg, The Hour Newspapers.
Photo: Stephanie Masucci
2015 Joe A. Callaway Award recipient Andy Grotelueschen, with director and Theatre for a New Audience founder Jeffrey Horowitz.
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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.