Two-time Tony Award-winning performer Bebe Neuwirth is set to host the 2023 Actors’ Equity Foundation Awards. The ceremony will be held on June 26 at Equity’s National Headquarters in New York City. Live music will be provided by pianist Tina deVaron during the ceremony.
In addition to the previously announced honorees Bonnie Milligan, Alex Newell and Michael Patrick Thornton, Mary K Klinger has been newly announced to receive the Michael McCarty Recognition Award and Brian Stokes Mitchell will be given the Patrick Quinn Award.
The Michael McCarty Recognition Award, named for the late Broadway actor, is given annually to an Actors’ Equity member over the age of 50 who resides in Los Angeles. Klinger, an AEA member for 42 years, has stage-managed across the country and in London. Her Broadway production stage management credits include “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches,” “Angels in America: Perestroika” and “QED.”
The Patrick Quinn Award, named in memory of the late actor, is awarded to an individual who has worked to better the lives of actors. With 11 Broadway credits to his name, Mitchell — a Tony-winning actor and chair of the board of directors at the Entertainment Community Fund — has carved a reputation for advocating for actors and entertainment industry professionals.
Created in 1962, the Actors’ Equity Foundation (separate from Actors’ Equity Association) offers support to industry members through estate bequests and individual donations.