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.
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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.