Rachel Bloom to Host the 2019 Obie Awards

American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President and CEO) and The Village Voice (Peter Barbey, CEO) are thrilled to announce that Golden Globe® winning “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” creator and star Rachel Bloom will host the 64th Annual Obie Awards. Audible, the world’s leading producer and provider of audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, will be the Presenting Sponsor. As previously announced, the 64th Annual Obie Awards will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street). Tickets to the 2019 Obie Awards can be purchased at www.ObieAwards.com

“I am THRILLED to be hosting The Obies this year and can confirm that a tiny hat will be incorporated into my wardrobe,” said Rachel Bloom.

“I’m excited to expand on The Wing’s existing relationship with Rachel, who hasbrought her unique brand of comedy backstage at the Tony Awards for the last twotelecasts. She’s a giant talent and, as evidenced by her casting choices on ‘Crazy Ex- Girlfriend,’ a huge supporter and treasured member of our New York theater community,” said Heather Hitchens, President & CEO of the American Theatre Wing.

The judges’ panel for the 64th Annual Obie Awards, chaired as in previous years by longtime Village Voice critic Michael Feingold, includes Obie-winning director Arin Arbus, Obie-winning scenic designer Rachel Hauck, Obie-winning scenic designerRiccardo Hernandez, two-time Obie-winning playwright Rajiv Joseph, Obie-winning actress Kecia Lewis, and New York Stage Review theater critic Jesse Oxfeld. Productions that wish to invite consideration from the judges should visitwww.ObieAwards.com/about and click on the link to submit your show via the Online Portal. Please direct questions regarding Obie consideration toObieInvites@AmericanTheatreWing.org.

Audible, the Presenting Sponsor of the 2019 Obie Awards announced the Minetta Lane Theatre as its creative home for live performances in New York last year, andBilly Crudup’s performance of Harry Clarke, the company’s inaugural live show at theMinetta Lane, won an Obie Award in 2018.

For more information, visit www.ObieAwards.com.