Obies 2019 The 2019 Obie Awards took place at Terminal 5 on Monday May 20th.

2019 Winners

Best New American Play

  • Heidi Schreck

    What the Constitution Means to Me (New York Theatre Workshop)

Playwriting

  • Marcus Gardley

    The House That Will Not Stand (New York Theatre Workshop)

  • Madeleine George

    Hurricane Diane (New York Theatre Workshop)

  • Suzan-Lori Parks

    White Noise (The Public Theater)

Directing

  • Jo Bonney

    Sustained Excellence in Directing

  • Leigh Silverman

    Sustained Excellence in Directing

  • Stevie Walker Webb

    Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public Theater)

Performance

  • Mia Barron

    Hurricane Diane (New York Theatre Workshop)

  • Quincy Tyler Bernstine

    Sustained Excellence in Performance

  • Cherise Boothe

    Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (Signature Theatre Company)

  • Francis Jue

    Wild Goose Dreams (The Public Theater)

  • Heather Alicia Simms

    Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (Signature Theatre Company) and By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature Theatre Company)

Design

  • Dede M. Ayite

    Sustained Excellence in Costume Design

  • Isabella Byrd

    Lighting Design, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop)

  • Palmer Hefferan

    Sustained Excellence in Sound Design

  • Cookie Jordan

    Sustained Excellence in Hair, Wigs, and Makeup

  • Clint Ramos

    Set Design, Wild Goose Dreams (The Public Theater)

  • Louisa Thompson

    Sustained Excellence in Scenic Design

Special Citations

  • Clare Barron (Playwright) and Lee Sunday Evans (Director)

    Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons)

  • Jordan E. Cooper for Playwrighting & Performance,

    Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public Theater)

  • Jackie Sibblies Drury (Playwright) and Lileana Blain Cruz (Director)

    Marys Seacole (LCT3)

  • The Cast and Creative Team, Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson (Playwrights), Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin (Directors), Miriam Buether (Set Design), Catherine Kodicek (Costume Design), Jon Clark (Lighting Design), Paul Arditti (Sound Design), John Pfumojena (Composition), Tristan Shepherd and Duncan McLean (Video Design); Mohammad Amiri, Alexander Devrient, Elham Ehsas, Trevor Fox, Milan Ghobsheh, Ammar Haj Ahmad, Alex Lawther, Jo McInnes, Yasin Moradi, Jonathan Nyati, John Pfumojena, Rachel Redford, Dominic Rowan, Rachid Sabitri, Mohamed Sarrar, Ben Turner, Nahel Tzegai, Vera Gurpinar, Annika Mehta (Ensemble)

    The Jungle (St. Ann’s Warehouse)

  • The Director and Creative Team, Daniel Fish (Director), John Heginbotham (Choreographer), Daniel Kluger (Music Arrangements/Orchestrations), Laura Jellinek (Set Design), Terese Wadden, (Costume Design), Scott Zielinski (Lighting Design), Drew Levy (Sound Design), Joshua Thorson (Production Design)

    Oklahoma! (St. Ann’s Warehouse)

Obie Grants

  • The Movement Theatre Company

  • Target Margin Theater

  • WP Theater

The Ross Wetzsteon Award

  • LCT3

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • James C. Nicola

  • Jeffrey Horowitz

Hosts & Presenters

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Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom currently stars in the final season of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which she co-created and executive produces alongside Aline Brosh McKenna. Bloom stars as Rebecca Bunch, a successful, driven, and arguably crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – partnership at a prestigious law firm, an upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in suburban West Covina, California. The series debuted on The CW Network in October 2015 to positive reviews. For her performance, Rachel won both the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy. She has also been included in myriad “Best Performers of 2015” lists. She recently joined the cast of Angry Birds 2, to be released later this year. Bloom has been prominently featured in The New York Times Magazine, Elle, Entertainment Weekly, Time, and Backstage, among others. Well known for her comedy music videos on YouTube under the name "Racheldoesstuff," her channel currently has over 60,000 subscribers. Bloom released her first Internet music video "F*ck Me, Ray Bradbury" in 2010. The video went viral and was nominated a Hugo Award for "Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form" and won “Best Music Video” at Dragon*Con. Her comedic music videos have appeared on the Onion/AV Club, Jezebel, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Cracked, among others. In 2012, Bloom performed in the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in the "New Faces: Characters" Showcase. She performs all over Los Angeles, and her other touring performance credits include Fun Fun Fun Fest, the Arlington Drafthouse and The Limestone Comedy Festival. Her past acting work includes “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Fuzz”; voice work includes “Bojack Horseman,” “Robot Chicken” and the CW web-series “Very Mallory.” She has written and starred in two live musical sketch comedy shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles and New York: Rachel Bloom is a Triple Threat!!! and Sing Out, Louise! Her writing credits include Adult Swim's “Robot Chicken,” Fox's “Allen Gregory,” and Lucasfilm's upcoming “Star Wars Detours.” She has also released two albums: “Please Love Me” (a compilation of old/new hits) and “Suck It, Christmas!!! (A Chanukah Album).” After attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for theater, where she served as head writer and director of the prestigious Hammerkatz sketch group, Bloom studied improv and sketch at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. She has been named one of Variety’s “10 Scribes To Watch” for 2015, as well as a “Comic to Watch” by Cosmopolitan, Time Out LA and other publications.
She currently resides in Los Angeles.

Presenters

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Eric Bogosian

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Julie White

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Kristine Nielsen

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Beowulf Boritt

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Patti LuPone

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Lily Rabe

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Hamish Linklater

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Liesl Tommy

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Billy Crudup

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Margo Seibert

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Michael John LaChiusa

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Damon Daunno

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Rebecca Taichman

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Rachel Chavkin

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Luke Cresswell

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Riccardo Hernandez

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Mimi Lien

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Marc Kudisch

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William Ivey Long

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Heather Hitchens

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David Henry Hwang

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