Lynne Soffer Wins Actors' Equity Humanitarian Award

News   Lynne Soffer Wins Actors' Equity Humanitarian Award
Actors' Equity Association announced March 9 that Lynne Soffer, an actress, acting coach, teacher and dialect coach, is the winner of the 2011 Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award.

The Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award was established by the Stage Managers Committee in 1992 to commemorate the "unflagging spirit of former Western Region Business Field Rep, Lucy Jordan, who passed away unexpectedly that year. The LJHA is given to honor any members of the extended theatrical family who go above and beyond the call of duty," according to press notes.

The award will be presented to Soffer April 28 at the Equity Membership Meeting in San Francisco.

An Equity member since 1981, Soffer most recently appeared in the San Jose Repertory production of The Dresser. Other stage credits include Enchanted April, Heartbreak House, Slavs and Rabbit Hole. As a dialect coach, Soffer has worked on over 135 productions for such theatres as Berkeley Rep, A.C.T., Seattle Rep, San Jose Rep, The Old Globe (San Diego), Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre and PCPA Theaterfest. She was a dialect coach for the world premiere of Moises Kaufman’s The Laramie Project.

Soffer, according to Equity, is also "known for her generosity of spirit, and her selfless dedication to those in the theater world who have been ill and in need."

* Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the oldest performing arts union in the nation and represents more than 49,000 professional stage actors and stage managers. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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