Actors’ Equity Association and Actors’ Equity Foundation have announced Carmen Morgan and Futaba Shioda as the winners of the 2020 Paul Robeson Award, the only award administered jointly by the organizations. The award goes to individuals who exemplify the principles to which Robeson dedicated his life and includes an honorarium funded by the Foundation.
“Among the record-breaking number of incredible applications the committee read, the work of Carmen Morgan and Futaba Shioda resonated deeply with the committee,” said Allyson Tucker, chair of the Paul Robeson Award Committee, in a statement. “By embracing progressive and innovative approaches to reach people that push the boundaries of traditional definitions of humanitarian efforts, Carmen and Futaba each ensure that the spaces we will inhabit going forward will be more inclusive, purposeful, and compassionate. The Paul Robeson committee thanks Carmen Morgan and Futaba Shioba for sharing their heart’s work with us, and congratulates them on being the 2020 recipients of the Paul Robeson Award.”