The 2009 Clarence Derwent and Richard Seff awards were presented June 9 by the Actors' Equity Foundation.
Derwents, which honor "the most promising female and male performers on the New York metropolitan scene," were awarded to Aaron Tveit and Quincy Tyler Bernstine for their performances in Next to Normal and Ruined, respectively. The Seff Awards "honor a female and male character actor, 50 years of age or older, for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production." This year's recipients were Lynn Cohen for her performance in Chasing Manet and 2009 Tony winner Roger Robinson for his work in the revival of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone.
The afternoon ceremony was held in Manhattan at Equity's Eastern Regional Board meeting.