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First awarded
1956 (1956)

Ceremony date
23 May 2016

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Awarded for
Excellence in Off-Broadway theatre

New York City, New York

Guards at the TajRajiv Joseph, Guards at the Taj, Best New American Play, Best New American Play, Carmen de Lavallade, Carmen de Lavallade, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, A R Gurney, A R Gurney, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Stephen KaramThe Humans, Stephen Karam, Playwriting Award, Playwriting Award, Lucas HnathThe Christians - Red Speedo, Lucas Hnath, Playwriting Award, Playwriting Award, Mimi LienJohn, Mimi Lien, Special Citations, Special Citations, Bray PoorJohn, Bray Poor, Special Citations, Special Citations, Ásta Bennie HostetterJohn, Ásta Bennie Hostetter, Special Citations, Special Citations, Ruben Santiago-HudsonSkeleton Crew, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Special Citations, Special Citations, Mark BartonJohn, Mark Barton, Special Citations, Special Citations, Dominique MorisseauSkeleton Crew, Dominique Morisseau, Special Citations, Special Citations, Noah MeaseJohn, Noah Mease, Special Citations, Special Citations, Annie BakerJohn, Annie Baker, Special Citations, Special Citations, Sam GoldJohn, Sam Gold, Special Citations, Special Citations, Lupita Nyong'oEclipsed, Lupita Nyong'o, Performance Award, Performance Award, Pascale ArmandEclipsed, Pascale Armand, Performance Award, Performance Award, Ben PlattDear Evan Hansen, Ben Platt, Performance Award, Performance Award, Omar MetwallyGuards at the Taj, Omar Metwally, Performance Award, Performance Award, Arian MoayedGuards at the Taj, Arian Moayed, Performance Award, Performance Award, Khris DavisThe Royale, Khris Davis, Performance Award, Performance Award, HamiltonLin-Manuel Miranda - Alex Lacamoire - Thomas Kail -, Hamilton, Best New American Play, Best New American Play, Jim Houghton, Jim Houghton, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Clare BarronYou Got Older, Clare Barron, Playwriting Award, Playwriting Award, Suzan-Lori ParksFather Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1 - 2 & 3), Suzan-Lori Parks, Playwriting Award, Playwriting Award, Ayad AkhtarThe Invisible Hand, Ayad Akhtar, Playwriting Award, Playwriting Award, Benja Kay ThomasBootycandy, Benja Kay Thomas, Special Citations, Special Citations, Jessica Frances DukesBootycandy, Jessica Frances Dukes, Special Citations, Special Citations, Kate BensonA Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, Kate Benson, Special Citations, Special Citations, Lee Sunday EvansA Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, Lee Sunday Evans, Special Citations, Special Citations, Andrew Dinwiddie, Andrew Dinwiddie, Special Citations, Special Citations, Robert O’HaraBootycandy, Robert O’Hara, Special Citations, Special Citations, Bush MoukarzelLippy, Bush Moukarzel, Special Citations, Special Citations, Dead CentreLippy, Dead Centre, Special Citations, Special Citations, Lance Coadie WilliamsBootycandy, Lance Coadie Williams, Special Citations, Special Citations, Bridget EverettRock Bottom, Bridget Everett, Special Citations, Special Citations, Caleb Hammons, Caleb Hammons, Special Citations, Special Citations, Jesse PenningtonBootycandy, Jesse Pennington, Special Citations, Special Citations, Jeff Larson, Jeff Larson, Special Citations, Special Citations, Andrew SchneiderYouarenowhere, Andrew Schneider, Special Citations, Special Citations, Phillip James BrannonBootycandy, Phillip James Brannon, Special Citations, Special Citations, AppropriateBranden Jacobs-Jenkins, Appropriate, Best New American Play, Best New American Play, An OctoroonBranden Jacobs-Jenkins, An Octoroon, Best New American Play, Best New American Play, Estelle Parsons, Estelle Parsons, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Will EnoThe Open House, Will Eno, Playwriting Award, Playwriting Award, Rattlestick Playwrights TheaterScarcity - Ashville - Where We’re Born -, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Special Citations, Special Citations, Jiyoun ChangThe World is Round, Jiyoun Chang, Special Citations, Special Citations, Hannah WasileskiThe World is Round, Hannah Wasileski, Special Citations, Special Citations, Lucy ThurberScarcity - Ashville - Where We’re Born -, Lucy Thurber, Special Citations, Special Citations, Heather ChristianThe World is Round, Heather Christian, Special Citations, Special Citations, Mallory CatlettThis Was The End, Mallory Catlett, Special Citations, Special Citations, K Todd FreemanFetch Clay - Make Man, K Todd Freeman, Performance Award, Performance Award, Sydney LucasFun Home, Sydney Lucas, Performance Award, Performance Award, John Ellison ConleeThe (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, John Ellison Conlee, Performance Award, Performance Award, Larry PineA Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Larry Pine, Performance Award, Performance Award, Chris MyersAn Octoroon, Chris Myers, Performance Award, Performance Award, John JelksSunset Baby - Fetch Clay - Make Man, John Jelks, Performance Award, Performance Award, Johanna DayAppropriate, Johanna Day, Performance Award, Performance Award, Mia KatigbakAwake and Sing!, Mia Katigbak, Performance Award, Performance Award, Marylouise Burke, Marylouise Burke, Sustained Excellence of Performance, Sustained Excellence of Performance, Abrons Arts Center Theater Program, Abrons Arts Center Theater Program, Ross Wetzsteon Award, Ross Wetzsteon Award, Grimly HandsomeJulia Jarcho, Grimly Handsome, Best New American Play, Best New American Play, DetroitLisa D'Amour, Detroit, Best New American Play, Best New American Play, Frances Sternhagen, Frances Sternhagen, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Lois Smith, Lois Smith, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Ayad AkhtarDisgraced, Ayad Akhtar, Playwriting Award, Playwriting Award, Annie BakerThe Flick, Annie Baker, Playwriting Award, Playwriting Award, David LevineHabit, David Levine, Special Citations, Special Citations, Marsha GinsbergHabit, Marsha Ginsberg, Special Citations, Special Citations, Rachel ChavkinNatasha - Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Rachel Chavkin, Special Citations, Special Citations, Nature Theater of OklahomaLife and Times: Episodes 1-4, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Special Citations, Special Citations, Dave MalloyNatasha - Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy, Special Citations, Special Citations, Shuler HensleyThe Whale, Shuler Hensley, Performance Award, Performance Award, Brandon J DirdenThe Piano Lesson, Brandon J Dirden, Performance Award, Performance Award, Paul ThureenBlood Play, Paul Thureen, Performance Award, Performance Award, Matthew Maher, Matthew Maher, Sustained Excellence of Performance, Sustained Excellence of Performance, Eisa Davis, Eisa Davis, Sustained Excellence of Performance, Sustained Excellence of Performance, Eric TingWe Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Eric Ting, Direction Award, Direction Award, Ruben Santiago-HudsonThe Piano Lesson, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Direction Award, Direction Award, Lear DeBessonetGood Person of Szechwan, Lear DeBessonet, Direction Award, Direction Award, John RandoAll in the Timing, John Rando, Direction Award, Direction Award, 4000 MilesAmy Herzog, 4000 Miles, Best New American Play, Best New American Play, Caridad Svich, Caridad Svich, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement, Kirsten GreenidgeMilk Like Sugar, Kirsten Greenidge, Playwriting Award, Playwriting Award, Mark BennettAn Iliad, Mark Bennett, Special Citations, Special Citations, Stephen SpinellaAn Iliad, Stephen Spinella, Special Citations, Special Citations, Denis O'HareAn Iliad, Denis O'Hare, Special Citations, Special Citations, Steven HoggettOnce, Steven Hoggett, Special Citations, Special Citations, Ethan Lipton + his OrchestraNo Place to Go, Ethan Lipton + his Orchestra, Special Citations, Special Citations, Ken Rus SchmollA Map of Virtue, Ken Rus Schmoll, Special Citations, Special Citations, Erin CourtneyA Map of Virtue, Erin Courtney, Special Citations, Special Citations, Lisa PetersonAn Iliad, Lisa Peterson, Special Citations, Special Citations, Elevator Repair Service, Elevator Repair Service, Special Citations, Special Citations, John TiffanyOnce, John Tiffany, Special Citations, Special Citations, Martin LoweOnce, Martin Lowe, Special Citations, Special Citations, Daniel KitsonIt's Always Right Now - Until It's Later, Daniel Kitson, Special Citations, Special Citations, Santino FontanaSons of the Prophet, Santino Fontana, Performance Award, Performance Award, Gabriel Ebert4000 Miles, Gabriel Ebert, Performance Award, Performance Award, Cherise BootheMilk Like Sugar, Cherise Boothe, Performance Award, Performance Award, Susan PourfarTribes, Susan Pourfar, Performance Award, Performance Award, Linda LavinThe Lyons, Linda Lavin, Performance Award, Performance Award

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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.


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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.

Award structure

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With the exception of the Lifetime Achievement and Best New American Play awards, there are no fixed categories and the winning actors and actresses are 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.

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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.

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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.

Obie Award 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.

Award categories

  • Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress
  • Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actor
  • Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Ensemble
  • Obie Award for PLAYWRITING
  • Obie Award for DESIGN
  • Obie Award for SPECIAL CITATIONS
  • Ceremony

    The ceremony for the 2010–11 season was held on May 16, 2011 at Webster Hall (New York City), hosted by S. Epatha Merkerson and David Hyde Pierce. The ceremony for 2011–12 was held on May 21, 2012 at Webster Hall. The ceremony for the 2012-2013 season was held at Webster Hall on May 20, 2013, with hosts Jessica Hecht and Jeremy Shamos. The ceremony for the 2013-2014 season was held at Webster Hall on May 19, 2014, with hosts Tamara Tunie and Hamish Linklater. The ceremony for the 2014-2015 season was held at Webster Hall on May 18, 2015. The ceremony for the 2015-2016 season was held on May 23, 2016 at Webster Hall, hosted by Lea DeLaria.

    Lists of winners

  • 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
  • References

    Obie Award Wikipedia