The Callaway prize, which is bestowed on the best performances in a professional production of a classic play, has been bestowed on Earl Hindman, Kathryn Meisle and Carol Schultz for their work in, respectively, Julius Caesar, presented by Theatre for a New Audience; Tartuffe, presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company; and The Rivals, presented by the Pearl Theatre Company.
Meisle previously won a Tony Award nomination for Tartuffe—her first such nod.
The St. Clair Bayfield Award, meanwhile, which honors the best performance by an actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area, has been given to Dakin Matthews, who plays both Chief Justice Warwick and Owen Glendower in the Lincoln Center Theater staging of Henry IV. Matthews also authored the four-hour adaptation of Shakespeare's two-part history play.
Presentation will take place at the eastern regional membership meeting of Actors' Equity on Jan. 9, 2004 at the Equity offices, 165 West 46th Street, New York City.
The judges' panel for the award included Betty Corwin, Director of Special Projects, Theatre on Film & Tape Archive of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts; Charles Isherwood, Variety; Dana Ivey, Actor; Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press; David Rosenberg, Backstage; Douglas Watt, The Daily News, and Carl Harms, President of the Foundation.