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.