The Roger Sturtevant Award

Named for the beloved casting director who passed away in 2003, this award is given to EMCs who have demonstrated outstanding abilities in the field of musical theater. 


The Roger Sturtevant Award consists of a certificate accompanied by a $1,000 check.


 Allie Babich & Johnny Link

Allie Babich and Johnny Link have been chosen as the 2017 recipients of The Actors’ Equity Foundation’s Roger Sturtevant Award. The Roger Sturtevant Award is given annually to one male and one female Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) who have each demonstrated outstanding talent and skill in musical theatre. The recipients are chosen based on an application, recommendation letters, and a video audition that are then evaluated by a panel of Foundation members and CSA Casting Directors.


Ms. Babich was described by one mentor when she said, “She has one of the most natural and unmannered singing voices I’ve heard in a long time and when she sings her heart and soul pour forth”. A classically trained actress, and recent graduate of University of Minnesota / Guthrie BFA program, she has performed in productions ranging from Shakespeare to Musicals. Regionally, Allie has performed with the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Guthrie Theater, on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat and at Shakespeare's Globe in London, across the southwestern United States and at various theaters in Wisconsin.


A recent BFA graduate of Penn State, Link was praised by a teacher who said, “As a musical theatre performer he possesses depth, sophistication and ease of style that is rarely found in a young performer”. His latest role is as understudy of Prince Topher and Sebastian in the national tour of Cinderella.

Allie Babich

Johnny Link


Past Recipients: 2005 - Present