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.