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Actors Equity Foundation Awards Presented to De Shields, Burke, Sykes, Stiles
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:21 pm EDT 06/11/19

Actors’ Equity Foundation Presents Awards to:
ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS EPHRAIM SYKES
MARYLOUISE BURKE SARAH STILES

The Actors’ Equity Foundation presented its annual veteran
actor award (Richard Seff Award) and breakout performer award (Clarence Derwent Award) at
the Actors’ Equity Association’s Eastern Regional Board meeting today.

These recent Tony nominees/winners were introduced by their colleagues at an intimate and
heartfelt ceremony which bookends the arc of actors’ careers.

Santino Fontana, 2019 Tony winner for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, introduced Sarah Stiles
who was honored for her role as Sandy in Tootsie. Sarah was a 2019 Tony nominee, Outer
Critics Circle nominee and Drama desk nominee this year as well.

Sergio Trujillo, 2019 Tony winner for Choreography introduced Ephraim Sykes who was
honored for his role as David Ruffin in Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.
Ephraim was a 2019 TONY nominee, and Outer Critics Circle nominee this year as well.

Both Sykes and Stiles are recipients of the Clarence Derwent Award which is presented to an
actor who has shown the most promise this season. Previous recipients of this award include
George C. Scott, Ann Reinking, Morgan Freeman, Dianne Weist, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and
Santino Fontana who was introducing one of this year’s winners.

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire introduced Marylouise Burke who was
honored for her role in True West for her role as Mom.

André De Shields, 2019 Tony winner for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, was introduced by
Rachel Chavkin, 2019 Tony winner for Best Direction of a Musical. De Shields was honored for
his role as Hermes in Hadestown. De Shields, winner of numerous awards over his career was
also the recipient of the 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award for
Featured Actor in a Musical.

Both Burke and De Shields are veteran stage, screen and TV actors and were honored today with
the Richard Seff Award. Equity member Richard Seff, who was in the audience, established this
award in 2003. It is considered a lifetime achievement award for an actor who is over the age of
50 and has been an Equity member for 25 years or more. Previous recipients include: Margo
Martindale, Jayne Houdyshell, Dana Ivey, Kristine Nielsen, Patrick Page, Stephen McKinley
Henderson, Bill Camp, and Michael Potts.

The Actors’ Equity Foundation, a philanthropic and humanitarian nonprofit organization, was
created in 1962 to aid and assist the 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.
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