Posted May 13, 2009
The Richard Seff Award
Lynn Cohen, Roger Robinson Received Equity’s Richard Seff Award
Lynn Cohen (Primary Stages’ CHASING MANET) and Roger Robinson (August Wilson’s JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE) received the annual Richard Seff Award presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation. The announcement was made by Arne Gundersen, President of the Foundation. The awards, a $1,000 check and crystal trophy for each, honor a veteran female and male character actor for the
Lynn Cohen has appeared in New York in MACBETH and HAMLET at the Public Theatre, in IVANOV at Lincoln Center, and in UNCLE VANYA, among other Off-Broadway productions. Regional theatres include the Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown, and the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. She’s done films and TV, as well. Ms. Cohen is a Fox Fellow, a recipient of a Bowden Award from New Dramatists and a member of the Actors Studio, New York Theatre Workshop, EST and Actors Center.
Roger Robinson has appeared on Broadway in DROWNING CROW, SEVEN GUITARS (Tony nomination), AMEN CORNER THE MUSICAL, AIN’T SUPPOSED TO DIE A NATURAL DEATH, THE ICEMAN COMETH, THE MIXER, and DOES A TIGER WEAR A NECKTIE? Off-Broadway, he’s been seen in THE CHERRY ORCHARD, THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, OF MICE AND MEN, DO LORD REMEMBER ME?, LADY DAY and MACBIRD, among others. For the film Brother to Brother, he received the Sundance 2004/Special Jury Prize and a Spirit Award nomination. He also has extensive TV credits.
Equity member Richard Seff established this award in 2003. Previous recipients include: Tom Aldredge, Larry Bryggman, Jim Dale, Hallie Foote, Jane Houdyshell, Dana Ivey, David Margulies, Margo Martindale and Mary Louise Wilson.
The presentation took place at Equity’s Eastern Regional Board meeting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at Equity’s offices, 165 West 46th Street, New York.
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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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.