The Clarence Derwent Award
Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Aaron Tveit Received Equity’s Clarence Derwent Award
Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Aaron Tveit received the annual Clarence Derwent Award presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation to honor the most promising female and male performers on the New York metropolitan scene. The prizes are $2,000 each plus an engraved crystal trophy. The announcement was made by Arne Gundersen, President of the Equity Foundation.
Quincy Tyler Bernstine
Quincy Tyler Bernstine was recognized for her performance in Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, RUINED. Other New York credits include THE MISANTHROPE, CHICKEN, A SMALL MELODRAMATIC STORY, ‘NAMI, (I AM) NOBODY’S LUNCH, THE LADIES, PARIS COMMUNE, MATT & BEN (also national tour), among others. Regional theatres include Woolly Mammoth, Williamstown,
Aaron Tveit was honored for his performance as Gabe in NEXT TO NORMAL, a performance for which he received Helen Hayes and Lucille Lortel Award nominations. He’s also appeared on Broadway in WICKED and HAIRSPRAY, Off-Broadway in SAVED at Playwrights Horizons and he has toured in HAIRSPRAY and RENT.
The presentation took place at Equity’s Eastern Regional Board meeting at 2 PM on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at the Equity offices, 165 West 46th Street, New York.
The Derwent Awards are the oldest awards on Broadway, having been established in 1945 by Clarence Derwent, distinguished actor and president (1946-1952) of Actors’ Equity. Past recipients include Annette Bening, Kristin Chenoweth, Morgan Freeman, Allison Janney, Frances Sternhagen, Christopher Walken and Fritz Weaver.
The Judges’ Panel includes Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Susan Haskins, Theatre Talk; Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press and David Rosenberg, Back Stage.
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Diversity on Broadway
Unknown to anyone but his sister and lawyer, Clarence Derwent had stipulated in his will that two five hundred dollar prizes were to be given out annually to the best individual supporting performances on Broadway. He had originally planned to have the awards given out only after his death, but, he reflected, “The amount of fun one can have from one’s money when underground is strictly limited…” So the Derwent Awards began in 1945.
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