The Joe A. Callaway Award
Equity's Callaway Award Goes to Lauren Ambrose, Byron Jennings
Lauren Ambrose and Byron Jennings have been selected to receive this year's Joe A. Callaway Award presented by the Actors' Equity Foundation. The announcement was made by Arne Gundersen, President of the Foundation.
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Ms. Ambrose was recognized for her performance as Juliet in The Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park production of ROMEO AND JULIET, her debut appearance with The Public. Other theatre credits include AWAKE AND SING! (Lincoln Center Theatre) and BURIED CHILD (National Theatre). On television for five seasons, Ms. Ambrose played Claire Fisher on the HBO series, Six Feet Under, receiving two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Byron Jennings was cited for his role as Bastien André in IS HE DEAD?, the "new comedy" by Mark Twain. Mr. Jennings' other Broadway shows include INHERIT THE WIND, NOISES OFF, HEARTBREAK HOUSE, A TOUCH OF THE POET, TWELVE ANGRY MEN, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY, HENRY IV, DINNER AT EIGHT and THE INVENTION OF LOVE. He also appeared in The Public Theatre production of PERICLES. Mr. Jennings also received the Callaway Award in 2000.
The award, a $1,000 check plus an engraved plaque for each recipient, honors the best performances in a professional production of a classic play (one written prior to 1920) in the New York metropolitan area. It was established by Equity member Joe A. Callaway to encourage participation in the classics and non-profit theatre.
The award was presented at Equity's Eastern Regional Membership Meeting on Friday, January 11, 2008 at the Equity offices, 165 West 46th Street, New York.
The Judges' Panel included: Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Harry Haun, Playbill Magazine; Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press and David Rosenberg, Back Stage.
Previous recipients of the award include Laura Linney, Frank Langella, Liev Schreiber and Kate Burton.
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Established by Equity member Joe A. Callaway in 1989 to encourage participation in the classics and non-profit theatre.