Actors’ Equity Association, the stage actors’ union, has announced the winners of its annual Richard Seff and Clarence Derwent Awards. The Richard Seff Awards is given to “a veteran male and female character actor for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production.” The Clarence Derwent Award is given to the most promising male and female performers on the New York metropolitan scene.
Peter Maloney of Outside Mullingar and Mare Winningham of Casa Valentina are the recipients of the 2014 Richard Seff Awards. The award was established by Equity member Seff in 2003. Previous winners include Reed Birney, Dana Ivey, Patrick Page, Jim Dale, and Hallie Foote.
Stephen Boyer of Hand to God and Whitney Bashor of The Bridges of Madison County are the winners of the Clarence Derwent Award. The award was established in 1945 by Derwent, the president of Actors’ Equity from 1946-52. Previous winners include George C. Scott, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Billy Crudup, Allison Janney, Calista Flockhart, Kristen Chenoweth, Anne Hathaway, Anika Noni Rose and Nina Arianda.
Presentations for both awards — consisting of a check and a silver trophy — will be made during Equity’s eastern regional board meeting on June 10. The judges’ panel for the Derwent and Seff awards comprised of Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out New York; Susan Haskins, Theater Talk; Harry Haun, Playbill; and David Rosenberg, The Hour Newspapers.