The St. Clair Bayfield Award
AEA Announces 2012 Bayfield Award:
David Furr Receives Equity Shakespeare Award
David Furr has received the annual St. Clair Bayfield Award presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation for his performance as Orlando in the Public Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT presented at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. The announcement was made by Arne Gundersen, President of the Foundation.
The award, which was established in 1973 in memory of Equity member St. Clair Bayfield, honors the best performance in a supporting role by an Actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area. The recipient received a $1,000 check and a crystal plaque, which was presented at Equity’s Eastern Regional Membership Meeting on Friday, January 11, 2012 at the Equity office, 165 West 46th Street, New York City.
Mr. Furr has appeared on Broadway in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, ACCENT ON YOUTH, CYMBELINE, THE RIVALS, KING LEAR and WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, in which he also played in the National Tour. He’s appeared Off-Broadway, in numerous regional theatres and Shakespeare productions and made frequent television and film appearances.
The Judges Panel for the Bayfield Award includes: Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, ime Out NY, Harry Haun, Playbill; and David Rosenberg, Back Stage.
Previous recipients of Equity’s St. Clair Bayfield Award include: Carmen DeLavalade, Dana Ivey, Charles Kimbrough, Nathan Lane, Brian Murray, Bradley Whitford, and, in 2011, Nick Westrate.
Dana Ivey and David Furr
(L-R): David Furr, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Lily Rabe in the Shakespeare In The Park production of AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Daniel Sullivan.
Photo: Joan Marcus
Arizona Theatre Service
Diversity on Broadway
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.