Actress Kate Burton to Receive 2013 Pell Lifetime Achievement Award; Ceremony Set for 6/10

Actress Kate Burton to Receive 2013 Pell Lifetime Achievement Award; Ceremony Set for 6/10

Trinity Repertory Company announced today that celebrated stage and screen actor Kate Burton will be honored with the 2013 Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts at the 17th annual Pell Awards to be held on Monday, June 10, 2013 at Trinity Rep. The annual fundraising event will be co-chaired by Joe & Michele Madden and Elizabeth "Beppie" Huidekoper. Mrs. Nuala Pell will serve as the event's honorary chair.

The Pell Awards honor Senator Claiborne Pell and recognize artistic excellence in Rhode Island and the New England region as well as on the national level. Throughout his life, Senator Pell worked to support the arts and provide new opportunities for artists. He sponsored the landmark legislation that established the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities in 1965, and chaired the Senate Education and Arts subcommittee.

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Kate Burton has amassed a wide range of awards, nominations and accolades from her decades as an actress across the globe in theatre, film and television. Recent film roles include Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts; 2 Days in New York from writer/director Julie Delpy; Danny Boyle's 127 Hours with James Franco and the indie Puncture with Chris Evans. Past film roles include: Remember Me (Alan Coulter), Max Payne (John Moore), What Just Happened (Barry Levinson), Celebrity (Woody Allen), The Ice Storm (Ang Lee), First Wives Club (Hugh Wilson), August (Anthony Hopkins), Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter), Unfaithful (Adrian Lynne), Swimfan (John Polson), Stay (Marc Forester), Sherrybaby (Laurie Collyer), Quid Pro Quo (Carlos Brooks), Upcoming roles include the indie Consent; Barefoot with Evan Rachel Wood, and Mariachi Gringo.

Television audiences can see Kate recur in the latest Shonda Rhimes ABC series Scandal, in addition to her recurring roles on the CBS hit drama The Good Wife, the NBC series Grimm and the HBO series Veep with Julia Louis Dreyfuss. Prior pilots include the ABC drama pilot Boston's Finest and the HBO comedy pilot The Washingtonienne. Past recurring roles also include both Grey's Anatomy (2 Emmy Nominations) and Rescue Me. Recent television guest star roles include Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Eleventh Hour, Justice, The West Wing, The Practice, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, 100 Centre St., and Notes For My Daughter (Emmy award). Kate appeared in HBO's Empire Falls, the Lifetime feature Obsessed (John Badham) with Jenna Elfman and The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer for ABC.

On stage, Kate starred in the new A.R. Gurney play The Grand Manner at Lincoln Center Theatre, playing the legendary Katherine Cornell. Previous theatre credits include the Tony Award winning musical Spring Awakening, the Williamstown production of The Corn is Green directed by Nicholas Martin, starring opposite her son, Morgan Ritchie, and the City Center revival of Applause with Christine Ebersole. Kate received a Tony nomination for her role as the title character in The Constant Wife for the Roundabout Theatre, directed by Mark Brokaw and appeared in The Water's Edge opposite Tony Goldwyn at the Second Stage Theatre. She appeared as Olga in the critically acclaimed West End production of Three Sisters with Kristen Scott Thomas, directed by Michael Blakemoore. Kate received 2 Tony nominations in 2002 on Broadway for her title role in Hedda Gabler, directed by Nicholas Martin, and for the role of Mrs. Kendall in The Elephant Man, directed by Sean Mathias. Kate has also starred on Broadway in The Beauty Queen of Leenane (also UK/Ireland tour), An American Daughter, Jake's Women, Some Americans Abroad (Drama Desk nomination) and Present Laughter (Theater World Award). She has appeared for thirteen seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

The 17th annual Pell Awards will be held on Monday, June 10, 2013 at Trinity Rep. Individual tickets to the full event are $500; a limited number of individual tickets to the ceremony and post-show reception are $250, and corporate sponsorships are available. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Trinity Rep's artistic and educational programs.

Trinity Rep invites the public to nominate outstanding local artists for the 2013 Rhode Island Pell Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Nominations are due by February 17, 2013 and submission forms are available online at The Pell Awards' selection criteria includes excellence in the artist's chosen field; work that significantly advances the artist's chosen art form; and demonstration through artistic presence, or contributions to the betterment of the Rhode Island community and the world at large. To nominate an artist, please submit a completed nomination form to Trinity Rep, Attn: Selection Committee - RI Pell Awards, Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903 or by fax to (401) 751-5577.

Previous Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts honorees include Jane Alexander, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Viola Davis, Olympia Dukakis, Adrian Hall, Arthur Miller, Liza Minnelli, Toni Morrison, Robert Redford, Chita Rivera, Jason Robards, Maurice Sendak, Beverly Sills, Stephen Sondheim and Kevin Spacey. Past honorees for the Pell Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts include Amy Morton and Trinity Rep's Resident Acting Company.

Past Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts honorees include John Benson, Howard BenTré, Dan Butterworth, Bob Colonna, Robert Coover, Umberto "Bert" Crenca, Richard Cumming, Ruth Frisch Dealy, Richard Fleischner, Peter Geisser, Malcolm Grear, Michael Harper, Bunny Harvey, Dorothy Jungels & the Everett Dance Theatre, George Kent, Eugene Lee, David Macaulay, Salvatore Mancini, Dave McKenna, Barbara Meek, Denny Moers, Timothy Philbrick, Duke Robillard, Thomas Sgouros, Sr., Consuelo Sherba, Gretchen Dow Simpson, Maria Spacagna, Judith Lynn Stillman, Chris Van Allsburg, Paula Vogel, Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop, William Warner, Rose Weaver, Steven Weinberg, and Toots Zynsky.

Among those honorees awarded the Pell Award/Charles Sullivan Award for Distinguished Service in/to the Arts are Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr., Adrian Hall, P. William Hutchinson, Virginia Lynch, Lowry Marshall and Elaine Foster Perry. The Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in Arts has been awarded to Mihailo "Misha" Djuric, Roger Mandle, Senator Claiborne Pell, George Wein, J.L. "Lynn" Singleton, and the Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education to Ruth J. Simmons. Additionally, past recipients of the New England Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts were Brian Dennehy, Julie Harris, Lloyd Richards, Gunther Schuller, and John Updike.

Since its founding in 1963, Trinity Repertory Company has been one of the most respected regional theaters in the country. Featuring the last permanent resident Acting Company in America, Trinity Rep presents a balance of world premiere, contemporary, and classic works for an estimated annual audience of approximately 120,000. In its almost 50-year history, the theater has produced 61 world premieres, mounted national and international tours, and, through its MFA program, trained hundreds of new actors and directors. This season marks the 46th year of Project Discovery, Trinity Rep's pioneering educational outreach program. Last season, Trinity Rep's educational programs reached nearly 15,000 Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut students through matinees as well as in-school residencies and workshops. Brown University/Trinity Rep offers professional training for actors and directors in a three-year MFA program. Trinity Rep's 49th Season continues with the world premiere of Social Creatures by Jackie Sibblies Drury and House & Garden, an epic duo of interconnected plays by Alan Ayckbourn performed simultaneously in our upstairs and downstairs theaters. For more information, call the box office at (401) 351-4242 or visit Trinity Rep's website at

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