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Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub in "The Band's Visit" at Atlantic Theater Company. (Photo by Ahron R. Foster)

Actors Equity Announces 2017 Derwent and Seff Award Recipients

Katrina Lenk and Will Pullen receive the Clarence Derwent Award, and Barbara Barrie and Anthony Chisholm receive Richard Seff Award.

NEW YORK CITY: Actors’ Equity Association has announced the recipients of the Clarence Derwent Award and the Richard Seff Award. Katrina Lenk, who appeared in The Band’s Visit at Atlantic Theater Company and Indecent at the Vineyard Theatre and on Broadway, and Will Pullen, who appeared in Sweat at the Public Theater and on Broadway, receive the 2017 Clarence Derwent Award. The award is presented to the most promising female and male performer in the New York metropolitan area.

“I’ve been extremely fortunate thus far to be able to pursue a craft that scares the hell out of me, challenges me, teaches me, depresses me, makes me question everything, and then sometimes, when all of the work and all of the coincidences line up just so, gives me so much joy I think I might perish from it,” Lenk said in a statement. “This makes me sound insane, I realize. More please.”

Barbara Barrie, who appeared in Significant Other on Broadway, and Anthony Chisholm, who appeared in Jitney on Broadway with Manhattan Theatre Club, receive the 2017 Richard Seff Award. The award honors a veteran actor and actress who had a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production that season.

“You know, I’ve been doing it for over 50 years,” said Barrie in a statement. “I have had wonderful times and educated two children with my husband, and I just consider myself very lucky. I’ve had a very interesting career—I’ve been all over the world. I lucked out; I think you can say that, I really lucked out.”

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