New York City’s theater world is home to many awards honoring stage veterans, but the Clive Barnes Award seeks to recognize the accomplishments of theater’s newest stars. With the awards ceremony slated for the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center on Monday, Dec. 10, the 2012 Clive Barnes Award nominees in the acting category include Joaquina Kalukango, Derek Klena, Rob McClure, and Stephen Tyrone Williams. For dance, the contenders are the New York City Ballet’s Lauren Lovette and Steven Melendez, and Dance Theater of Harlem’s Ashley Murphy. The winners will be announced during the ceremony and New York Post theater writer Michael Reidel will serve as host for the evening. This year’s presenters include Paloma Herrera and Frederic Franklin.
Named after her late husband, critic and dance writer Clive, Valerie Taylor Barnes formed the Clive Barnes Foundation in 2009. A former Royal Ballet soloist, Taylor Barnes sought to provide encouragement and financial support to talented young professionals. The finalists are chosen by a panel of experts in each field and previous recipients have included Nina Arianda for “Venus in Fur” and Mj Rodriguez for “Rent.”
This year’s acting nominees represent both Broadway and Off-Broadway. Klena is being recognized for his performance in Second Stage Theatre’s production of “Dogfight.” McClure appeared in “Chaplain” at the Barrymore Theatre, and Williams is nominated for his role in “My Children, My Africa” with the Signature Theatre Company. Kalukango also appeared at the Signature Theatre Company, in a production of Katori Hall’s “Hurt Village.”