The Roger Sturtevant Award


Current Recipients: Kara Arena & Julio Iguina-Pascal

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Kara Arena and Julio Iguina-Pascal have been chosen as the 2019 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.


Kara, a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory, is described as an artist who possesses the mature understanding that  an artist never stops learning - a performer with obvious natural gifts but also with an inner fire that sparks her to be the best she can possibly be as a storyteller through music and theatre. She is equally kind and encouraging to all she encounters in the studio, in auditions and casts. She embodies the qualities Roger valued most -  love for the craft, love for others, and a relentless and resilient spirit. Kara has begun her professional career with credits at Bay State Theater, Goodspeed New Works Festival, and Vital Theater Company to name a few.


Julio, who is graduating Penn State University's Musical Theatre Program in June 2019, already has credits at Lyric Opera Chicago, Ogonquit Playhouse . His professors identify his emotional flexibility, sensitive and insightful grasp of complex characters, facility with accents, and physical prowess as rare in one so young. He is a  true collaborator, whether playing the lead or as an ensemble member.

Jamie Zeidman

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Rodd Farhadi


Past Recipients: 2005 - Present