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The Patrick Quinn Award

Patrick Quinn Award Created; Jeanna Belkin is First Recipient

Jeanna Belkin

At the Memorial for Patrick Quinn on March 26, 2007, it was announced that Patrick had left a portion of his estate establishing an award to be given to a person who has worked tirelesslly for the betterment of actors. He wanted those who give so much of themselves to improve the lives of actors, to be recognized and rewarded. The honor consists of a check for $1,000 and a crystal award.

The first recipient of the award, AEA Councillor Jeanna Belkin, was announced at the Memorial. Ms. Belkin has been a Councillor for 50 years and Chair of the Equity Pension and Health Trustee Caucus for 40 years, and was a noteworthy choice as she was a mentor to Patrick and had encouraged him to join the Council over 30 years ago. She was presented with the check and a beautiful crystal rendering of a Golden Retriever crafted by Lalique, and generously donated by that company. Craig Zehms, a good friend of Patrick and his partner Marty Casella, works as National Spokesperson at Lalique North America. He found a limited edition, amber colored Golden Retriever which was a perfect choice for the award since Patrick loved those dogs and had a number of them over the years. Jeanna Belkin, visibly moved when the award was presented, said she was pleased and humbled by the choice as the first recipient of the Patrick Quinn Award for Distinguished Service to Actors.

The Award fund is accepting donations in memory of Patrick. If interested, you can send a check made out to the Actors' Equity Foundation with "Patrick Quinn Award" written on the memo line. The check should be sent to Actors' Equity Foundation, 165 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036, Att: Patrick Quinn Award. Questions can be directed to Anne Fortuno, (212 869-8530 x409 or emailed to


Award pages:

Arizona Theatre Service

Quinn served as Equity's President from 2000-2006, and held many leadership positions within the Union. He was a founding member of Equity Fights AIDS, and served as second VP of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He was a Trustee of The Actors' Fund of America, the Equity-League Health, Pension and 401(k) Trust Funds, and First VP of the Actor's Equity Foundation. In 2005, Quinn was honored with the Edwin Forrest Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts by the Walnut Street Theatre, for his work both onstage and as President of Actors' Equity.

Recipients of the Patrick Quinn Award are:

  • 2007 - Jeanna Belkin - AEA Councillor

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