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The Richard Seff Award

Lois Smith and Bill Camp win the 2016 Richard Seff Award

The annual Actors’ Equity Foundation Award honored Lois Smith for her work in John at Signature Theatre and in Marjorie Prime at Playwrights Horizons and Bill Camp for his performance on Broadway in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

“It’s a privilege for me to be an actor in the theatre,” said Equity member Bill Camp. “And it’s a thing that I’m still coming to and learning about. I love the theatre because it keeps me curious.” 

Equity member Richard Seff, who noted that he received his Equity card 70 years ago, established the award in 2003 to honor a veteran male and female character actor for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production. Previous recipients include Tom Aldredge, Reed Birney, Hallie Foote, Jayne Houdyshell and, in 2015, Julie Halston and Brad Oscar.

Bill Camp was cited for his performance as Reverend Hale in the Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (for which he has been nominated for the 2016 Best Performance by an actor in a Featured Role in a Play Tony Award and the 2016 Drama Desk Award).Other Broadway shows include Death of a Salesman, Coram Boy, Heartbreak House, Jackie, Saint Joan and The Seagull. And that’s just his stage work. Camp has many television and film credit as well.

Lois Smith, winner of multiple theatre awards, including the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement (2016) and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Special Citation (2016), was recognized for her performance in Signature Theatre’s production of Annie Baker’s John for her role as Genevieve. She was also cited for her role as Marjorie in Playwrights Horizon’s Marjorie Prime.

“I know that I’m part of this community,” Smith commented. “I knew that. But, coming here today, certainly the community took care of me today.”

Both recipients commented on their gratefulness to the Foundation as well as the union.

“I’m so grateful for Actors’ Equity,” Smith said. “I often feel like I should stump speeches because I don’t think young actors understand how important it is to be together…and have a pension.”  

The judges’ panel includes:  Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out New York; Susan Haskins, Theater Talk; Harry Haun, Playbill; and David Rosenberg, The Hour Newspapers.

 

Award pages:

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


In 2003 the Actors' Equity Foundation established the Richard Seff Award, an annual award to be given to a male and female character actor who is 50 years old or older and who has been a member of the Actors' Equity for 25 years or longer, for the best performance in a featured or unfeatured supporting role in a Broadway or Off Broadway production.



Recipients of the Richard Seff Award are:

Year Recipient Role Play
2016 Lois Smith   JOHN, MARJORIE PRIME
Bill Camp   THE CRUCIBLE
2015 Julie Halston   YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
Brad Oscar   SOMETHING ROTTEN
2014 Peter Maloney   OUTSIDE MULLINGAR
Mare Winningham   CASA VALENTINA
2013 Lewis J. Stadlen   THE NANCE / CHECKERS
Kristine Nielsen Sonia VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
2012 Patrick Page   SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
Laila Robins   THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE
2011 Deirdre O’Connell   IN THE WAKE
Reed Birney   A SMALL FIRE and TIGERS BE STILL
2010 Helen Stenborg   VIGIL
Stephen McKinley Henderson   FENCES
2009 Lynn Cohen   CHASING MANET
Roger Robinson   JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE
2008 Hallie Foote   DIVIDING THE ESTATE
David Rasche Dr. Dorn THE SEAGULL
2007 Mary Louise Wilson Edith Bouvier Beale GREY GARDENS
David Margulies Rabbi Stephen Wise
Raymond
THE ACCOMPLICES

ALL THAT I WILL EVER BE
2006 Jayne Houdyshell Ann WELL
Jim Dale Mr. Peachum THE THREEPENNY OPERA
2005 Dana Ivey Mrs. Malaprop THE RIVALS
Larry Bryggman   ROMANCE and for TWELVE ANGRY MEN
2004 Margo Martindale Big Mama CAT ON A HAT TIN ROOF
Tom Aldredge Matthew Clark TWENTIETH CENTURY



 
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