Trinidadian born actor Paul Pryce, who recently earned widespread critical acclaim for his performance in the leading role of Shakespeare’s Pericles at the prestigious Elm Shakespeare Company in Connecticut, has been named one of the 40 Under 40 Caribbean American Achievers of 2014 by Caribbean Life newspaper.
Pryce and 39 other Caribbean American luminaries will be feted at the publication’s Second Annual Under 40 Awards Gala, to be held at Sirico’s Hall, Brooklyn, on Thursday November 20, where they will each receive engraved awards honoring their career achievements to date.
Caribbean Life is the largest and most popular Caribbean publication in the eastern United States.
Its Second Annual Under 40 Awards Gala will recognize forty US based individuals of Caribbean descent who are under the age of forty and who have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavor, including arts and entertainment, business , education, and entrepreneurship. Twenty individuals were honored at last year’s successful event and the number has been doubled for 2014.
In an acting career that is not yet a decade old, former model Pryce – who won the title of Oprah Winfrey’s Sexiest Caribbean Man in a spectacular modeling competition televised on The Oprah Show in 1999- has been carving a niche for himself as one of the most promising and exciting classical actors working today.
His career highlights include appearances in such diverse Off Broadway productions as Pecong at the National Black Theater of Harlem – featuring Tony Award winner Lillias White- Harry The Hunk On His Way Out at the Cherry Lane Theater and originating the part of Rob X in John Prescod’s premiere of his play, Pre-Disposal.
His career and reputation gained considerable momentum when he enrolled at the renowned Yale School of Drama, where he was awarded the Eldon Elders Fellowship (2012) and Oliver Thorndike Award for Acting (2013). During the Yale years he earned consistently excellent notices for his work in Othello, Angels in America: Perestroika, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar among numerous other new and contemporary plays and projects.
His success in those roles lead to his appearance in The Yale Repertory Production of Hamlet,in which he played Fortinbras and The Player King opposite Oscar nominated actor Paul Giamatti.
Upon graduating in 2013, he earned high praise for his Marc Antony in Julius Caesar with Connecticut’s Elm Shakespeare Company, who then, a year later, cast him in the leading role as the title character in their magnificent, swashbuckling 2014 production of Pericles.
“I am deeply honored, humbled and tremendously excited to be recognized by Caribbean Life with this incredible honor at this point in my career,” Pryce stated.
“Having been out of grad school for such a relatively short time, the award for me is far less about the work I have done, but moreso encouragement towards what I have yet to accomplish. And if this in any way also inspires my fellow Caribbean actors and artists to strive to achieve their own goals, then it is a double blessing of the highest order.”
In addition to Pryce, this year’s list of honorees includes Omar Hawthorne- Director of Franchise Development for Golden Krust Restaurant, Professor Anika Hylton- Professor at Brooklyn College and Actress/ Dancer Keisha Clarke Gray, who has appeared in Disney’s The Lion King.
New York – October 28, 2014