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Posted May 6, 2010

The Richard Seff Award

Helen Stenborg, Stephen McKinley Henderson Receive Equity’s Richard Seff Award

New York, NY, May 6, 2010 - Helen Stenborg and Stephen McKinley Henderson have been named to receive the annual Richard Seff Award presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation. The award, a $1,000 check and crystal trophy for each, honors a veteran female and male character actor for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production.


Richard Seff Award Recipient Helen Stenborg and Malcolm Gets in VIGIL

Helen Stenborg was cited for her performance in the two-hander, VIGIL, presented at Off-Broadway’s DR2 Theatre. Previously Ms. Stenborg appeared on Broadway in WAITING IN THE WINGS, for which she received a Tony nomination; THE CRUCIBLE; A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY; and A LIFE. She and her late husband, Barnard Hughes (the recipient of Equity’s St. Clair Bayfield Award in 1973), toured the country in Da, and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Drama Desk in 2000. Ms. Stenborg also has appeared Off-Broadway, in films, on TV and for 16 seasons was at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference.


Pictured (L-R) Denzel Washington and Richard Seff Award Recipient Stephen McKinley Henderson in the Broadway Production of August Wilson's FENCES.
Photo By 2010 Joan Marcus

Stephen McKinley Henderson was recognized for his performance in the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s FENCES. Other Broadway credits include August Wilson’s KING HEDLEY II and the revival of MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM; DRACULA AND DROWNING CROW. He was also a member of MR. WILSON’S JITNEY ensemble, which received a 2002 Olivier Award for Outstanding Drama. He has appeared at the Public Theatre, Yale Rep, the Signature Theatre and the Kennedy Center. Professor and former chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Buffalo, he is a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company, the Actor’s Center and is a Fox Foundation Fellow.

Equity member Richard Seff established this award in 2003. Previous recipients include: Tom Aldredge, Larry Bryggman, Lynn Cohen, Jim Dale, Hallie Foote, Jayne Houdyshell, Dana Ivey, David Margulies, Margo Martindale, David Rasche, Roger Robinson and Mary Louise Wilson.

The Judges’ Panel includes Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Susan Haskins, Theatre Talk; Harry Haun, Playbill; 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.



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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