The Obie Awards or Off-Broadway Theater Awards are annual awards originally given by The Village Voice newspaper to theatre artists and groups in New York City. In September 2014, the awards were jointly presented and administered with the American Theatre Wing. As the Tony Awards cover Broadway productions, the Obie Awards cover Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions.
|Awarded for||Excellence in Off-Broadway theatre|
|Location||New York City, New York|
|Presented by||American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice|
The Obie Awards were initiated by Edwin (Ed) Fancher, publisher of The Village Voice, who handled the financing and business side of the project. They were first given in 1956 under the direction of theater critic Jerry Tallmer. Initially, only Off-Broadway productions were eligible; in 1964, Off-Off-Broadway productions were made eligible. The first Obie Awards ceremony was held at Helen Gee's cafe.
With the exception of the Lifetime Achievement and Best New American Play awards, there are no fixed categories at the Obie Awards, and the winning actors and actresses are all in a single category titled "Performance." There are no announced nominations. Awards in the past have included performance, direction, best production, design, special citations, and sustained achievement. Not every category is awarded every year. The Village Voice also awards annual Obie grants to selected companies; in 2011, these grants were $2,000 each to Metropolitan Playhouse and Wakka Wakka Productions. There is also a Ross Wetzsteon Grant, named after its former theater editor, in the amount of $2,000 (in 2009; in 2011 the grant was $1,000), for a theatre that nurtures innovative new plays.
As of September 2014, the Obie Awards are jointly presented by the American Theatre Wing and the Village Voice, with the Wing having "overall responsibility for running" the Awards.
- Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress
- Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actor
- Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Ensemble
- Sustained Achievement Award
- Best New American Theatre Work Award
- Playwriting Award
- Design Award
- Special Citations
- Obie Grants
- The Ross Wetzsteon Award
- Winners from Infoplease.com
- "OBIE winners, 2011–2012", playbill.com
- "OBIE winners, 2012–2013", playbill.com
- "OBIE winners, 2013–2014", playbill.com
- "OBIE winners, 2014–2015", playbill.com
- "OBIE winners, 2015–2016", playbill.com
- OBIE winners, 2017
- OBIE winners, 2018
|2017||Lynn Nottage (Playwriting Award - Sweat); J.T. Rogers (Playwriting Award - Oslo); Matthew Broderick (Performance Award); Michael Urie (Performance Award)|
|2016||Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul (Musical Theatre Award - Dear Evan Hansen); Ben Platt (Performance Award); Lupita Nyong'o (Performance Award)|
|2015||Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alex Lacamoire, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler (Best New American Theatre Work - Hamilton)|
|2014||Sydney Lucas (Performance Award - Fun Home); Sonya Tayeh (Choreography Award)|
|2013||Dave Malloy and Rachel Chavkin (Special Citations - Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812); Annie Baker (Playwriting Award - The Flick)|
|2012||Steven Hoggett, Martin Lowe, John Tiffany (Special Citations - Once); Mimi Lien (Set Design Award)|
|2011||Laurie Metcalf (Performance Award - The Other Place); Leigh Silverman (Directing Award - In the Wake, Go Back to Where You Are)|
|2010||Sam Gold (Directing Award - Circle Mirror Transformation, The Alien); Reed Birney (Performance Award - Circle Mirror Transformation)|
|2009||Lynn Nottage (Best American Play - Ruined); Stephen Sondheim (Music and Lyrics Award - Road Show); Jonathan Groff (Performance Award - Prayer for my Enemy)|
|2008||Adrienne Kennedy (Lifetime Achievement Award); Annie Dorsen (Best New Theatre Piece - Passing Strange); Kate Mulgrew (Performance Award - Iphigenia 2.0); Jane Greenwood (Sustained Excellence of Costume Design Award); David Henry Hwang (Playwrighting Award - Yellow Face|
|2007||Young Jean Lee (Obie Grant Award); Lin-Manuel Miranda (Music and Lyrics Award - In the Heights); Beowulf Boritt (Sustained Excellence in Set Design); Anne Kauffman|
|2006||Dana Ivey (Performance Award - Mrs. Warren's Profession); Christine Ebersole (Performance Award - Grey Gardens); Robert O'Hara (Special Citation - In the Continuum); Danai Gurira (Special Citation - In the Continuum); Adam Rapp (Special Citation - Red Light Winter)|
|2005||LaChanze (Performance Award - Dessa Rose); Cherry Jones (Performance Award - Doubt); Deirdre O'Connell (Sustained Excellence in Performance Award); Rui Rita (Design Award - Engaged); Caryl Churchill (Playwrighting Award - A Number); Lynn Nottage (Playwriting Award - Fabulation); Ivo van Hove (Directing Award - Hedda Gabler)|
|2004||Derek McLane; Moises Kaufman (Directing Award - I am My Own Wife); Viola Davis (Performance Award - Intimate Apparel); Jefferson Mays (Performance Award - I am My Own Wife); Tony Kushner (Special Citation - Caroline, or Change); Jeanine Tesori (Special Citation - Caroline, or Change); Alex Timbers (Special Citation - A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant)|
|2003||Mac Wellman (Lifetime Achievement Award); Mos Def (Performance Award - Fucking A); Fiona Shaw (Performance - Medea); Edward Norton (Performance - Burn This); Denis O'Hare (Performance Award - Take Me Out); Christine Ebersole (Performance Award - Talking Heads); Kenneth Posner (Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design); David Greenspan (Special Citation - She Stoops to Comedy)|
|2002||Kevin Adams (Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design); Tony Kushner (Playwrighting Award - Homebody/Kabul); Caryl Churchill; Charles L. Mee|
|2001||Brian d'Arcy James (Performance Award - The Good Thief); Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Special Citation - Lackawanna Blues); Justin Vivian Bond (Special Citation - Kiki and Herb: Jesus Wept); Kirsten Childs (Music and Lyrics Award - The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin); Neil Patel (Design Award - War of the Worlds, Resident Alien, Race, I Will Bear Witness); José Rivera (Playwrighting Award - References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hot)|
|2000||Cynthia Hopkins (Performance - Another Telepathic Thing); Byron Jennings (Performance Award - Waste); Maria Irene Fornes (Special Citation - Letters From Cuba); Susan Hilferty (Sustained Excellence in Costume Design)|
Obie Grants are awarded each year to select theatre companies. Previous recipients include:
|1985||The Production Company|
|1985||The Richard Allen Center|
|1985||The Split Britches Company|
|1986||Billie Holiday Theatre|
|1987||The Irish Arts Center|
|1987||Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Association (BACA)|
|1987||The New Theatre of Brooklyn|
|1988||Theatre for a New Audience|
|1989||Cucaracha Warehouse Theater|
|1989||The Living Theater|
|1990||BACA New Works Project|
|1990||52nd Street Project|
|1991||En Garde Arts|
|1991||Hearts and Voices|
|1991||Mettawee River Theater Company|
|1992||Downtown Art Company|
|1992||Soho Repertory Company|
|1993||Nuyorican Poets Cafe|
|1994||HERE Arts Center|
|1995||Archives at LaMama|
|1995||Blueprint Series at Ontologic-Hysteric Theatre|
|1996||The TEBA Group|
|1997||St.Paul's Community Baptist Church Drama Ministry|
|1997||Great Small Works|
|1998||Housing Works Theater Project|
|1998||Caught in the Act annual one-act festival presented (Threshold Theater Co.)|
|1999||The POINT Community Development Corporation|
|1999||National Asian American Theater|
|2000||Big Dance Theater|
|2001||Classical Theater of Harlem|
|2002||Ma-Yi Theater Company|
|2002||Salt Theater Company|
|2003||The Immigrant Theatre Project|
|2004||THAW (Theaters Against War)|
|2005||Epic Theatre Company|
|2005||Little Theater at Tonic|
|2005||Gina Gionfriddo Distinguished Emerging Playwright|
|2005||Margo Skinner Memorial Acting Scholarship|
|2007||Peculiar Works Project|
|2007||The Play Company|
|2007||Young Jean Lee|
|2008||Theater of a Two-Headed Calf|
|2009||The Chocolate Factory|
|2009||The Classical Theatre of Harlem|
|2009||Lark Play Development Center|
|2010||Harlem School of the Arts|
|2012||The Bushwick Starr|
|2012||The Debate Society|
|2014||48 Hours in Harlem|
|2015||Horse Trade Theater Group / The Fire This Time Festival|
|2015||JACK (Arts Center)|
|2016||Prospect Theater Company|
|2017||Irish Repertory Theatre|
|2017||Pearl Theatre Company|
|2017||The Playwrights Realm|
Ross Wetzsteon Award is a $2,000 grant awarded to a theatre that nurture innovative new plays. Previous recipients include:
|1998||The Vineyard Theater|
|2001||Theatre For A New Audience|
|2003||Soho Think Tank's Ice Factory series at the Ohio Theatre|
|2004||St. Ann's Warehouse|
|2006||Soho Repertory Theater|
|2008||Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project|
|2009||HERE Arts Center|
|2011||Belarus Free Theatre|
|2014||Abrons Arts Center|
|2016||NAATCO / National Asian American Theatre Company|
|2017||Theatre For a New Audience|
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