The Joe A. Callaway Award
Jonathan Cake, J. Smith-Cameron Earn Equity Classic Theatre Award
Jonathan Cake and J. Smith-Cameron have been selected to receive the 2013 Joe A. Callaway Award presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation. The Award, established by Equity member Joe A. Callaway, encourages participation in the classics and nonprofit theatre and honors the best performance in a professional production of a classic play (one written prior to 1920) in the New York metropolitan area.
Cake was cited for his performance as Benedick in the Theatre for a New Audience production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. On Broadway, Mr. Cake has appeared in The Philanthropist, Cymbeline and Medea, for which he received a Theatre World Award. Off-Broadway credits include Almost an Evening and Parlour Song. In London he appeared in Baby Doll at the Royal National Theatre, in the title role in Coriolanus and in A Flea in Her Ear at the Old Vic, among others.
J. Smith-Cameron was recognized for her performance in the title role of the Irish Rep’s production of Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock. Broadway productions include Crimes of the Heart, Lend Me a Tenor, Our Country’s Good (for which she received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress), Tartuffe, Night Must Fall and After the Night and the Music. She has appeared Off-Broadway at the Public Theater, the Second Stage Theatre and Playwrights Horizons and in Fuddy Meers; Sarah, Sarah and The Starry Messenger. She’s also appeared on TV in, among other shows, True Blood.
The Callaway Award, which includes a $1,000 check plus a crystal plaque for each recipient, was presented at Equity’s Eastern Regional Membership Meeting on January 10, 2014 at the New York City Equity office.
The Judges Panel 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 the Callaway Award include Kate Burton, Frank Langella, Laura Linney, Lily Rabe, Liev Schreiber and, in 2012, Merritt Wever and Michael Shannon.
J. Smith-Cameron (w/ Kenneth Lonergan) accepts her award for the title role in 'Juno & the Paycock'
MUCH ADO director Arin Arbus accepted on behalf of Jonathan Cake
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Established by Equity member Joe A. Callaway in 1989 to encourage participation in the classics and non-profit theatre.