The Joe A. Callaway Award

Current Recipient: Danielle Brooks and John Keating

The Joe A. Callaway Award honors the two best performances (one female, one male) in a professional production of a classical play - one written prior to World War ll - in the NYC metropolitan area. Danielle Brooks was honored for her role as Beatrice in The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing for which she also won the 2019 AUDELCO Award for Lead Actress in a Musical.John Keating was honored for his multiple roles in the Irish Rep’s 2019 O’Casey Cycle: The Plough and the Stars, Shadow of a Gunman, and Juno and the Paycock.


The Actors’ Equity Foundation is a philanthropic and humanitarian nonprofit organization that was created in 1962 to aid and assist members of the acting profession and to promote the theatre arts. It is separate from Actors’ Equity Association and is funded by estate bequests and individual donations.


Past Recipients: 1989 - Present