Actors' Equity Foundation grants awards celebrating the talent of individual actors selected by panels of experts.
The Clarence Derwent Awards
Established in 1945, the Clarence Derwent Award is a crystal plaque and $5,000 to a male and a female actor for the most promising performance in a supporting role, as selected by a committee organized by the Foundation. Derwent's will stipulated a Trust Fund for the AEA Foundation to fund the awards. The Derwent Award is given at the end of the theatre season in June.
The Joe A. Callaway Awards
These awards were established in 1989 to honor a male and a female actor for the best performance in a classical play in the New York metropolitan area, selected by a panel of critics. The award is given in January and includes $1000 and a commemorative plaque.
The St. Clair Bayfield Award
This award was established in 1973 to honor an actor giving the most outstanding performance in a supporting role in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area. The award is given in January after a winner is chosen by a panel of critics and members of the theatre community and includes $1000 and a crystal plaque.
Paul Robeson Award
On June 1, 1971, the Council of Actors' Equity Association established what is now known as the Paul Robeson Committee. The Committee presents an annual award to the individual or organization that, during the preceding year or years, best exemplifies and practices the principles and ideals of this great humanitarian, Paul Robeson. The award is administered by the Foundation.
The Patrick Quinn Award
This award was established in 2007 under the auspices of the Actors' Equity Foundation to honor an individual who has worked tirelessly for the betterment of actors. The Patrick Quinn Award for Distinguished Service to Actors was established by his estate which created a fund to recognize and reward those who give so much of themselves to improve the lives of actors. The recipient is selected by a panel chosen by the Foundation and is awarded a crystal piece and $1,000 check.
The Richard Seff Award
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 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. An actor may only be the recipient of this award one time.
The award consists of a $1000 honorarium plus a crystal trophy.