|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 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.
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.
The first awards in 1955-1956 for plays and musicals were given to Absalom (Lionel Abel) as Best New Play, Uncle Vanya , Best All-Around Production and The Threepenny Opera as Best Musical.
Other awards for off-Broadway theatre are the Lucille Lortel Awards, the Drama Desk Awards, the Drama League Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Awards.
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 ceremonies have been held at Webster Hall in Manhattan's East Village since the 2010-2011 season.
|1956||Shelley Winters||unknown venue|
|1957||Geraldine Page||The Limelight|
|1959||Kim Stanley||Village Gate|
|1973||Sylvia Miles||unknown venue|
|1974||Madeleine Le Roux||unknown venue|
|1975||Godfrey Cambridge||Village Gate|
|1976||no formal host||Lincoln Center|
|1977||Paul Sorvino, Gilda Radner, Marilyn Sokol||The Bottom Line|
|1980||no formal host||Roxy NYC|
|1981||Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver|
|1982||Swoosie Kurtz, Tommy Tune||Savoy|
|1983||Harvey Fierstein, Julie Bovasso||First City Cabaret|
|1984||no formal host||Cat Club|
|1985||Ellen Stewart, Harvey Fierstein||Puck Building|
|1986||Christopher Durang, Swoozie Kurtz||unknown venue|
|1987||Morgan Freeman, Christine Lahti||unknown venue|
|1988||Morgan Freeman, Lee Breuer||unknown venue|
|1989||no formal host||unknown venue|
|1990||Julie Bovasso, Olympia Dukakis||unknown venue|
|1991||Stockard Channing, Alan Arkin||Palladium Ballroom|
|1992||Jerry Zaks, Kate Nelligan|
|1993||no formal host||unknown venue|
|1994||Mary McDonnell, James McDaniel||unknown venue|
|1995||Hector Elizondo, Anne Meara||unknown venue|
|1996||Nicky Silver||unknown venue|
|1997||no formal host||unknown venue||Fyvush Finkel, Kathleen Chalfant, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Peter Francis James, Shirley Knight, Camryn Manheim, Mary Louise Parker, Roger Guenveur Smith, Julie Taymor, Marisa Tomei, Rip Torn, Ming Cho Lee, Karin Coonrod, and Scott Elliot|
|1998||Eric Bogosian, Kristen Johnson||Webster Hall||Danny Hoch, Woodie King Jr., Mac Wellman, Mary Louise Wilson, Lea DeLaria, Ellie Covan, Tsai Chin, Greg Germann, and Liz Diamond|
|1999||Lea DeLaria, Paul Rudnick||Betty Buckley, Kathleen Chalfant, Stephen DeRosa, David Henry Hwang, Swoosie Kurtz, Elizabeth Marvel, John Cameron Mitchell, Everett Quinton, Phylicia Rashad, and Roger Rees|
|2000||Claudia Shear, Mary Testa||Ping Chong, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Cynthia Nixon, Frances Sternhagen, Mary Testa, Carmelita Tropicana, James Urbaniak|
|2001||Brian Murray, Marian Seldes||Darius De Haas, David Gallo, Linda Lavin, Marion McClinton, Debra Monk, Mark Russell, J. Smith-Cameron, and Daphne Rubin-Vega|
|2002||Karen Evans Kandel, Ruben Santiago-Hudson||Elizabeth Franz, Mary Louise Parker, Ellen McLaughlin, Rinde Eckert, Richard Maxwell, Suzan-Lori Parks, and George C. Wolfe|
|2003||Bill Irwin, Charlayne Woodard||Edward Albee, Linda Emond, Juliana Francis, Martha Plimpton, Jackie Hoffman, Eddie Izzard, John Ortiz, and Liev Schreiber|
|2004||Swoosie Kurtz, Raul Esparza||Viola Davis, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, and Denis O'Hare|
|2005||Stockard Channing, Brian F. O'Byrne||Elaine Stritch and Frances Sternhagen|
|2006||Lili Taylor, Eric Bogosian||Skirball Center for the Performing Arts||Christine Lahti, Christine Ebersole, Edward Hibbert, Douglas Carter Beane, Phylicia Rashad, and Oskar Eustis|
|2007||Cynthia Nixon, T.R. Knight||Michael Cerveris, Angela Lansbury, William Ivey Long, Camryn Manheim, Stephanie March, Terrence McNally, Liev Schreiber, and Anika Noni Rose|
|2008||Elizabeth Marvel, Bill Camp||Webster Hall||Jonathan Groff, Priscilla Lopez, S. Epatha Merkerson, Marisa Tomei, Julie White and Bradley Whitford|
|2009||Daniel Breaker, Martha Plimpton||Anne Hathaway, Brian d’Arcy James, Gavin Creel, John Shea, Karen Olivo, Kate Mulgrew, Marc Kudisch, and Nilaja Sun|
|2010||Anika Noni-Rose and Michael Cerveris||J. Smith-Cameron, Marin Ireland, Linda Lavin, Hamish Linklater, Michael Shannon and Jennifer Westfeldt|
|2011||S. Epatha Merkerson and David Hyde Pierce||Nina Arianda, Alec Baldwin, Margaret Colin, Mamie Gummer, Rose Hemingway, John Larroquette, Patina Miller, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Arian Moayed, Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells, Liev Schreiber, and Frank Wood|
|2012||no formal host||Eric McCormack, Grace Gummer, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Justin Bartha, Leslie Odom Jr., Lily Rabe, Michael McKean, Tonya Pinkins, Topher Grace, and Tracee Chimo|
|2013||Jessica Hecht and Jeremy Shamos||Bobby Cannavale, Tracee Chimo, Cyndi Lauper, Judith Light, Krysta Rodriguez, Duncan Sheik, Meryl Streep, and Courtney B. Vance|
|2014||Tamara Tunie and Hamish Linklater||Betsy Aidem, Harvey Fierstein, Lena Hall, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Andy Karl, David Bar Katz, Cristin Milioti, Kelli O'Hara, Lily Rabe, and Stephen Trask|
|2015||Lea DeLaria||Sting, Jessie Eisenberg, Stockard Channing, Billy Crudup, Tony Kushner, Lisa Kron, and William Ivey Long|
|2016||Lea DeLaria||Savion Glover, Elizabeth Marvel, Colman Domingo, Danai Gurira, Tovah Feldshuh, Lisa Kron, Maura Tierney, Kate Burton, Carrie Preston, Norm Lewis, and Marlo Thomas|
|2017||Lea DeLaria||Chris Cooper, Rose Byrne, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Jayne Houdyshell, Lena Hall, Jefferson Mays, LaChanze, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Taylor Mac, Darius de Haas, Mike Faist, J. Smith-Cameron, David Henry Hwang, Derek McLane, William Ivey Long, Emilio Sosa, Peter Barbey|
|2018||John Leguizamo||Terminal 5||Andrew Garfield, Lucy Liu, Matthew Broderick, Oliver Platt, Laura Benanti, Laura Osnes, Beth Malone, David Morse, Itamar Moses, Arian Moayed, Stephen Trask, Gideon Glick, Rebecca Taichman, William Ivey Long, Natasha Katz, David Henry Hwang, David Zinn, Emilio Sosa, Lilli Cooper, Pixie Aventura, Heather Hitchens, Peter Barbey, Michael Feingold|
|2019||Rachel Bloom||Terminal 5||Eric Bogosian, Julie White, Kristine Nielsen, Beowulf Boritt, Patti LuPone, Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Heather Hitchens, David Henry Hwang, Billy Crudup, Margo Seibert, Michael John LaChiusa, Liesl Tommy, Damon Daunno, Rachel Chavkin, Rebecca Taichman, Luke Cresswell, Riccardo Hernandez, Mimi Lien, Marc Kudisch|
|2020||Cole Escola||YouTube||Clint Ramos, Craig Lucas, Cynthia Erivo, Dominique Morisseau, Eisa Davis, Emilio Sosa, Heather Hitchens, Heidi Schreck, Katrina Lenk, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Liesl Tommy, Malcolm Gets, Rachel Chavkin, Rachel Hauck, Sahr Ngaujah, Sam Pinkleton, Saycon Sengbloh,|
|2019|| Heidi Schreck (Best New American Play - What the Constitution Means to Me ); Daniel Fish, John Heginbotham, Daniel Kluger, Laura Jellinek, Terese Wadden, |
Scott Zielinski, Drew Levy, Joshua Thorson (Special Citations- Oklahoma! )
|2018||Rajiv Joseph (Best New American Play-Describe the Night); Will Swenson (Performance Award); Jessica Hecht (Performance Award);|
|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); Allen Moyer (Sustained Excellence of Set Design); 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); Sarah Jones (Performance Award - Bridge & Tunnel ); 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:
|The Production Company|
|The Richard Allen Center|
|The Split Britches Company|
|Billie Holiday Theatre|
|1987||The Irish Arts Center|
|Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Association (BACA)|
|The New Theatre of Brooklyn|
|Theatre for a New Audience|
|1989||Cucaracha Warehouse Theater|
|The Living Theater|
|BACA New Works Project|
|52nd Street Project|
|1991||En Garde Arts|
|Hearts and Voices|
|Mettawee River Theater Company|
|1992||Downtown Art Company|
|Soho Repertory Company|
|1993||Nuyorican Poets Cafe|
|HERE Arts Center|
|1995||Archives at LaMama|
|Blueprint Series at Ontologic-Hysteric Theatre|
|The TEBA Group|
|1997||St.Paul's Community Baptist Church Drama Ministry|
|Great Small Works|
|1998||Housing Works Theater Project|
|Caught in the Act annual one-act festival presented (Threshold Theater Co.)|
|1999||The POINT Community Development Corporation|
|National Asian American Theater|
|Big Dance Theater|
|Classical Theater of Harlem|
|Mint Theater Company|
|2002||Ma-Yi Theater Company|
|Salt Theater Company|
|The Immigrant Theatre Project|
|THAW (Theaters Against War)|
|Epic Theatre Company|
|Little Theater at Tonic|
|Gina Gionfriddo Distinguished Emerging Playwright|
|Margo Skinner Memorial Acting Scholarship|
|2007||Peculiar Works Project|
|The Play Company|
|Young Jean Lee|
|Theater of a Two-Headed Calf|
|2009||The Chocolate Factory|
|The Classical Theatre of Harlem|
|Lark Play Development Center|
|2010||Harlem School of the Arts|
|2012||The Bushwick Starr|
|The Debate Society|
|2014||48 Hours in Harlem|
|2015||Horse Trade Theater Group / The Fire This Time Festival|
|JACK (Arts Center)|
|Prospect Theater Company|
|2017||Irish Repertory Theatre|
|Pearl Theatre Company|
|The Playwrights Realm|
|2018||Pan-Asian Repertory Theatre|
|York Theatre Company|
|2019||The Movement Theatre Company|
|Target Margin Theatre|
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|
|2018||Ma-Yi Theater Company|
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