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The Joe A. Callaway Award

Equity Foundation Presents Classic, Shakespeare Awards

Three acting awards were presented by the Equity Foundation at the Eastern Regional Membership Meeting on January 8, 2010. Foundation President Arne Gundersen was on hand to talk about the Foundation, and Councillor Francis Jue emceed the presentation.

Kate Forbes and John Douglas Thompson received the Joe A. Callaway Award honoring the best performance by a female and male actor in a professional production of a classic play (one written prior to 1920) in the New York metropolitan area. Ms. Forbes was recognized for her performance in the Theatre for a New Audience production of OTHELLO. Mr. Thompson was cited for his performances both in OTHELLO and in the title role of THE EMPEROR JONES presented by The Irish Repertory Theatre.

Ms. Forbes was unable to attend the meeting. Nevertheless, Jeffrey Horowitz, Artistic Director of Theatre for a New Audience, spoke on her behalf. He was pleased to do so because as a young actor he had studied the classics in England and always had a dream of supporting the classics in the United States. Ms. Forbes, he said, has “a magnificent gift of language.” Although she is from the South, her voice “has a natural musicality” to it. Mr. Horowitz called her “an extraordinary artist,” and said TFNA was “fortunate to have had her with us.” In a letter, Ms. Forbes said she was “deeply grateful” for the award.


Andre De Shields, John Douglas Thompson

Equity Councillor André De Shields presented John Douglas Thompson’s award. He noted that “it takes more than a chocolate veneer to be Othello, it takes tremendous truth, nobility and innocence,” all traits, Mr. De Shields said, possessed by Mr. Thompson. He called Mr. Thompson’s performance in THE EMPEROR JONES, “incandescent.”

Mr. Thompson said he came late to acting and had started out as a computer salesperson. But he saw a production of August Wilson’s JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE and fell in love “with this noble profession.” He said that the award meant he had “arrived” as an actor. He thanked his fellow cast members, saying “I can’t do my work without the work of others.”

 

Award pages:

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


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
2014 Suzanne Bertish Madame Argent THE HEIR APPARENT Classic Stage Company
Paxton Whitehead Geronte THE HEIR APPARENT Classic Stage Company
2015 Kelley Curran Hippolita 'TIS A PITY SHE'S A WHORE Red Bull Theater
Thomas Jay Ryan Dr. Shpigelsky A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY Classic Stage Company
2016 Corey Stoll Ulysses TROILUS AND CRESSIDA Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park
Lisa Harrow Volumnia CORIOLANUS Red Bull Theater

 
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