Meet the 2016 Tony Awards Nominees: Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play


This year's nominees come from comedies, dramas, classic plays, and new contemporary masterpieces. The roles nominated range from a Puritan pastor struggling to deal with the Salem Witch trials to the playboy Prince Harry. Many are stage veterans with long careers in the theatre!


Today's Spotlight: Best Performance by an

Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Meet Reed Birney

The Humans (Erik Blake)

Hometown: Seaford, Delaware


Training: Boston University for 2 years, Circle in the Square Theatre School for 3 months


Big Break: Although he made his Broadway debut in Gemini at 22, he had a self-proclaimed dry spell for 30 years (although quite a substantial career in the Off Broadway theatre scene). He garnered major attention for his work in the controversial play Blasted in 2008. He returned to Broadway in Picnic (2013) and was nominated the a Tony Award in this same category in 2014 for Casa Valentina. You may also recognize him as VP Donald Blythe in House of Cards.

Fun Fact: He is married to Constance Shulman who plays Yoga Jones in Orange is the New Black. He also moved to Paris for 5 months and traveled the world at 31, in an attempt to leave the acting business. Thank goodness he came back!

Meet Bill Camp

The Crucible (Reverend John Hale)

Training: The Juilliard School

Big Break: A 2002 Obie Award-winning actor for Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul at New York Theatre Workshop, Bill has performed in classic plays and dramas and has appeared on Broadway many times including The Seagull (1993), Heartbreak House (2006), Coram Boy (2007), and Death of a Salesman (2012). He also has appeared on film and television and you might recognize him as Glenmore in Boardwalk Empire.

Fun Fact: He took a 2 year break from