Nick Westrate Wins Actors' Equity St. Clair Bayfield Award
07 Dec 2011
Arne Gundersen, president of Actors' Equity Foundation, announced Dec. 7 that Nick Westrate is the winner of the annual St. Clair Bayfield Award for his performance as Berowne in Shakespeare's Love’s Labor’s Lost, which was part of the 2011-2012 Public Lab season at the Public Theater.
The award, which was established in 1973 in memory of Equity member St. Clair Bayfield, honors "the best performance in a supporting role by an Actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area," according to Equity.
Westrate will receive a $1,000 check and a crystal plaque, which will be presented at Equity’s Eastern Regional Membership Meeting Jan. 6, 2012, at the Equity office in Manhattan.
Westrate has appeared on Broadway in A Moon for the Misbegotten and Off–Broadway in Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage Company) and The Little Foxes (New York Theatre Workshop), and he received a Drama Desk nomination as Featured Actor in the Transport Group’s production of The Boys in the Band.
The judges panel for the Bayfield Award included Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Harry Haun, Playbill; and David Rosenberg, Back Stage.
Previous recipients of Equity’s St. Clair Bayfield Award include Carmen DeLavalade, Dana Ivey, Nathan Lane, Brian Murray, Bradley Whitford and, in 2010, Charles Kimbrough.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.