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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

 

Award pages:

ACCA
Arizona Theatre Service
Bayfield
Callaway
Derwent
Diversity on Broadway
Eisenberg
Jordan
Lamkey
LeNoire
Quinn
Robeson
Seff
Sturtevant


Established by Equity member Joe A. Callaway in 1989 to encourage participation in the classics and non-profit theatre.



Recipients of the Joe A. Callaway Award are:

Year Recipient Role Play Production
1989 Alfre Woodard Paulina THE WINTER'S TALE New York Shakespeare Festival
Victor Garber Richard Dudgeon THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE Circle in the Square
1990 Philip Bosco Harpagon THE MISER Circle in the Square
Mary Alice Margaret RICHARD III New York Shakespeare Festival
1991 Campbell Scott Pericles PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE New York Shakespeare Festival
Mary Beth Hurt Emilia OTHELLO New York Shakespeare Festival
1992 Jake Weber Orlando AS YOU LIKE IT New York Shakespeare Festival
Maryann Plunkett Masha
Kaja
Marcelle Paillardin
THE SEAGULL
MASTER BUILDER
A LITTLE HOTEL ON THE SIDE
National Actors Theatre
1993 Robert Sean Leonard Marchbanks CANDIDA Roundabout
Maryann Plunkett Joan of Arc SAINT JOAN National Actors Theatre
1994 Robert Stattel Titus Andronicus TITUS ANDRONICUS Theatre for a New Audience
Laura Linney Thea Elvsted HEDDA GABLER Roundabout Theatre
1995 Brian Bedford Sganarelle THE MOLIERE COMEDIES Roundabout
Laila Robins Portia THE MERCHANT OF VENICE New York Shakespeare Festival
1996 Frank Langella The Captain THE FATHER Roundabout
Kathleen Chalfant Mistress Quickly
Queen of France
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
HENRY V
New York Shakespeare Festival
1997 Max Wright Pavel Lebedev IVANOV Vivian Beaumont
Helen Carey Lady Gay Spanker LONDON ASSURANCE Roundabout
1998 Liev Schreiber Iachimo / Jupiter CYMBELINE New York Shakespeare Festival
Zoe Wanamaker Electra ELECTRA Barrymore Theatre
1999 Anne Dudek Iphigenia IPHIGENIA Theater for a New Audience
No male choice
2000 Byron Jennings Henry Trebell WASTE Theatre for a New Audience
Myra Carter Eleanor KING JOHN Theatre for a New Audience
2001 Larry Pine The Doctor THE SEAGULL Shakespeare in the Park
Kate Burton Hedda Gabler HEDDA GABLER Ambassador Theatre
2002 Evan Robertson Claudio MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Pearl Theatre
Celeste Ciulla Miss Kate Hardcastle SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER Pearl Theatre
2003 Earl Hindman Julius Caesar JULIUS CAESAR Theatre For A New Audience
Kathryn Meisle Elmire TARTUFFE Roundabout Theatre
Carol Schultz Mrs. Malaprop THE RIVALS Pearl Theatre Co.
2004 Joanne Camp Toinette THE IMAGINARY INVALID Pearl Theatre Company
Robert Hock Argan THE IMAGINARY INVALID Pearl Theatre Company
2005 Elizabeth Marvel Hedda Gabler HEDDA GABLER NY Theatre Workshop
Sean McNall Mr. Paris THE GENTLEMAN DANCING-MASTER Pearl Theatre Company
2006 Lily Rabe Ellie Dunn HEARTBREAK HOUSE Roundabout Theatre Co.
Michael Stuhlbarg   THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE Atlantic Theatre Co.
2007 Lauren Ambrose Juliet ROMEO AND JULIET The Public Theatre
Byron Jennings Bastien André IS HE DEAD?  
2008 Kathryn Meisle   WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN Red Bull Theatre
Everett Quinton   WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN Red Bull Theatre
2009 Kate Forbes   OTHELLO New Audience
John Douglas Thompson   OTHELLO / THE EMPEROR JONES New Audience / The Irish Repertory Theatre
2010 Lily Rabe Portia THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Public Theatre
Matthew Rauch Bosola THE DUCHESS OF MALFI Red Bull Theater
2011 Danai Gurira Isabella MEASURE FOR MEASURE Public Theatre
Derek Smith Dog THE WITCH OF EDMONTON Red Bull Theater
2012 Merritt Wever Sonya UNCLE VANYA Soho Rep
Michael Shannon Astrov UNCLE VANYA Soho Rep
2013 Jonathan Cake Benedick MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Theatre for a New Audience
J. Smith-Cameron JUNO JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK Irish Rep

 
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