Chaplin star Rob McClure could be penguin-walking his way to Lincoln Center to accept a Clive Barnes Award, according to The New York Times. McClure is among the 2012 nominees in theater alongside Derek Klena (Dogfight), Joaquina Kalukango (Hurt Village) and Stephen Tyrone Williams (My Children, My Africa).
The Clive Barnes Foundation awards the honor to one young professional in the field of dance and one in the field of theater each year. The foundation was created in memory of legendary theater and dance critic Clive Barnes, who died at the age of 81 in 2008. Previous Barnes Award winners include Nina Arianda, Isabella Boylston, Chase Finlay and MJ Rodriguez.
McClure’s Broadway credits include Avenue Q and I’m Not Rappaport. Klena has also starred off-Broadway in Carrie. Kalukango served as an understudy in Broadway's Godspell. Williams currently stars in off-Broadway’s Harper Regan, and has appeared in Burning.
The nominees in dance include Steven Melendez of the New York Theater Ballet and Ashley Murphy of the Dance Theater of Harlem. The award winners will be honored at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater on December 10.