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Updated June 15, 2011

The Richard Seff Award

Deirdre O’Connell, Reed Birney Receive Equity’s Richard Seff Award

Deirdre O’Connell and Reed Birney have received the annual Richard Seff Award presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation. The award honors a veteran female and male character actor for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production.


Deirdre O'Connell, Richard Seff, Reed Birney
photo: John Quilty

Deirdre O’Connell was cited for her performance in Lisa Kron’s IN THE WAKE at the Public Theatre. She made her Broadway debut in the 1986 revival of THE FRONT PAGE and was nominated for the 1991 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in the Off-Broadway production, LOVE AND ANGER. She is the recipient of two Drama-Logue Awards and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for her theatre work in Los Angeles.

Reed Birney was recognized for his performances in A SMALL FIRE at Playwrights Horizons and TIGERS BE STILL, part of Roundabout’s Underground series. Other New York appearances include Playwrights Horizons’ CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, Roundabout’s THE DREAM OF THE BURNING BOY; BLASTED at Soho Rep, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination; STUFF HAPPENS at The Public and HOMEBODY/KABUL at BAM. He has three Obies and a Drama Desk Award.

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

The presentation took place at Equity’s Eastern Regional Board meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at Equity’s office, 165 West 46th Street.

The Judges’ Panel includes: Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Harry Haun, Playbill and David Rosenberg, Back Stage.

 

Award pages:

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


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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