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The 1960s saw the beginnings of Edward Albee with his first play, The Zoo Story, receiving an Obie. Colleen Dewhurst, Samuel Beckett, and Robert Duvall were just a few who garnered the award, while an up and coming Dustin Hoffman received the Obie for his performance in The Exhaustion of Our Son's Love.


Best Actor

  • Al Pacino

    The Indian Wants the Bronx

Best Actress

  • Billie Dixon

    The Beard

Best Musical

  • Gertrude Stein and Al Carmines

    In Circles

Best Director

  • Michael A. Schultz

    Song of the Lusitanian Bogey

Best Foreign Play

  • Vaclav Havel

    The Memorandum

Best Design

  • Robert LaVigne

    "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Endecott and the Red Cross"

Distinguished Plays

  • Sam Shepard

    "Forensic and the Navigator" and "Melodrama Play"

  • John Guare


  • Israel Horovitz

    The Indian Wants the Bronx

Distinguished Direction

  • Rip Torn

    The Beard

  • John Hancock

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

Distinguished Performances

  • Roy R. Scheider

    Stephen D.

  • Peggy Pope


  • Moses Gunn

    The Negro Ensemble Company repertory

  • Mari Gorman

    "The Memorandum" and "Walking to Waldheim"

  • John Cazale

    "Line" and "The Indian Wants the Bronx"

  • Jean David


  • James Coco


  • Cliff Gorman

    The Boys in the Band

Special Citations

  • The Negro Ensemble Company

    for Sustained Excellence in Repertory Theatre and the development of new theatrical talent

  • The Fortune Society

    for expanding public awareness of the problems of the ex-convict and the prison system in America

  • San Francisco Mime Troupe

    for uniting theatre and revolution and grooving in the park

  • El Teatro Campesino

    for creating a workers' theatre to demonstrate the politics of survival

Obie Committee

  • Clive Barnes, John Lahr, Michael Smith

Hosts & Presenters


Estelle Parsons