Inside the 2015 Obie Awards
The American Theatre Wing and the Village Voice newspaper presented the 60th Annual Obie Awards at a ceremony held Monday at Webster Hall. The Obies are presented to encourage off-Broadway theater and to acknowledge its achievements.
The ceremony was hosted by Broadway and television vet Lea DeLaria (Orange Is the New Black). Individual winners included Usman Ally for his performance in Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand and Bridget Everett for her solo show Rock Bottom. The acclaimed musical Hamilton took home the award for Best New American Theatre Work. The full list of winners can be found here.
In addition, James Houghton, the founding artistic director of Signature Theatre, will receive a special Obie for Sustained Achievement. Signature Theatre is the first nonprofit theater company in the United States to devote each season of productions to the work of a single living playwright. Under Houghton's leadership, the theater recently opened the Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center and expanded programming, including two additional playwrights' residency programs.
The Obie Awards judging panel is led by longtime Obie committee chairman and TheaterMania contributor Michael Feingold, and included playwright Adam Bock, orchestrator Bruce Coughlin, director Lear deBessonet, scenic designer Mimi Lien, critic David Rooney, Village Voice critic Tom Sellar, and director Liesl Tommy.