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The St. Clair Bayfield Award

Equity's Bayfield Award, for Distinguished Shakespearean Performance, Presented to CARMAN LACIVITA for "Rose Rage"

Carman Lacivita

Carman Lacivita, received the annual St. Clair Bayfield Award, presented by Actors’ Equity Association, on Friday, January 7th at the Eastern Regional Board Meeting at the Union’s national headquarters in New York City.

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. Lacivita’s portrayal of multiple characters in the Chicago Shakespeare Theater Production of ROSE RAGE: HENRY VI, 1,2,3, which moved to The Duke on West 42nd Street, garnered the young actor the honor. The Award, administered by the Actors’ Equity Foundation, is a yearly event and comes with a $1000 honorarium and commemorative plaque.

Carman has performed in a range of Shakespearean roles in regional theatres and Off Broadway, including: Macbeth/MACBETH, Tybalt/ROMEO AND JULIET, Simple/THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, France/KING LEAR, Puck and Flute/A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM. He holds an MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University and has appeared in productions at Crossroads, The Flying Fig, Connelly Theatre, and the Majestic.

Among the past recipients of the Bayfield Award are: Nathan Lane, Elizabeth McGovern, Dana Ivey, Malcolm Gets, Brian Murray, Stephen Spinella and Dakin Mathews. For a complete list of previous winners, see below.

The Judges' Panel for the award includes Irene Backalenick, Back Stage; Betty Corwin, Director of Special Projects, Theatre on Film & Tape Archive of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts; Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press; David Rosenberg, Back Stage; Douglas Watt, The Daily News, and Carl Harms, President of the Foundation.




 

Award pages:

Bayfield
Callaway
Derwent
Jordan
LeNoire
Robeson
Seff
Arizona Theatre Service
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.



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
 
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