Aaron Tveit
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Aaron Tveit
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Aaron Tveit and Quincy Tyler Bernstine are winners of the 2009 Clarence Derwent Awards, given by Actors Equity Association each year to the most promising performers on the New York stage, while Lynn Cohen and Roger Robinson are the winners of this year's Richard Seff Awards, given to outstanding character actors in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production. The awards will be presented on Tuesday, June 9.

Tveit currently plays the role of Gabriel in Next to Normal, which he also performed in the show's productions at Second Stage and Arena Stage. His previous stage credits include Hairspray, Saved, and Wicked, and he will soon star in the Broadway-bound musical Catch Me If You Can, which debuts this fall at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.

Bernstine portrays Salima, a woman who reluctantly turns to a prostitution in Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined. Her other New York credits include The Misanthrope and A Small Melodramatic Story.

Cohen starred in Primary Stages' production of Chasing Manet. Her many other stage credits include Macbeth, Hamlet, Ivanov, and Uncle Vanya; she is well known for her role as Magda on Sex and the City.

Robinson currently stars in Joe Turner's Come and Gone, for which he has received a Tony Award nomination. He was previously nominated for Seven Guitars, and his many other stage credits include Drowning Crow, The Iceman Cometh, and Macbird.