Tracee Chimo and Santino Fontana Presented with Clarence Derwent Awards June 14

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14 Jun 2011

Tracee Chimo
Tracee Chimo
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Arne Gundersen, president of the Actors' Equity Foundation, announced May 12 that The Clarence Derwent Awards for most promising female and male performers on the New York metropolitan scene went to, respectively, Tracee Chimo (Bachelorette) and Santino Fontana (The Importance of Being Earnest).

Presentation of the awards take place at Equity's Eastern Regional Board meeting at 3 PM June 14 at the Equity offices in Manhattan.

The Derwent Award is the oldest award on Broadway, established in 1945 by Clarence Derwent, distinguished actor and president (1946-1952) of Actors' Equity. Past recipients include Nina Arianda, Annette Bening, Kristin Chenoweth, Morgan Freeman, Allison Janney, Frances Sternhagen, Christopher Walken and Fritz Weaver.

The Judges' Panel included Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Harry Haun, Playbill; and David Rosenberg, Back Stage.

Before appearing in Bachelorette, part of Second Stage Theatre Uptown’s series, Chimo was seen Off-Broadway in Circle Mirror Transformation. She made her Broadway debut in Irena’s Vow.

Santino Fontana received a Drama Desk Award for his performance on Broadway in the revival of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs. Other credits include the original Broadway cast of Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park With George at the Roundabout, the original revival cast of The Fantasticks and regional theatre performances at the Guthrie and Old Globe theatres, among others.