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The 2020 Obie Awards were streamed on YouTube on July 14th. Cole Escola hosted.



  • Kenny Leon

    ​Much Ado About Nothing​ (The Public Theater)

  • JoAnne Akalaitis

    MUD/Drowning​ (Mabou Mines, Weathervane Productions, The Days and Nights Festival)

  • Whitney White

    Our Dear Dead Drug Lord​ (WP Theater, Second Stage Theater, by special arrangement with Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne)

  • Les Waters

    Sustained Excellence in Direction

Special Obie Citation + Establishment of Michael Feingold Award

  • Michael Feingold

    Special Citation

Lifetime Achievement

  • Vinie Burrows

  • Tim Sanford


  • Will Arbery

    Heroes of the Fourth Turning​ (Playwrights Horizons)

  • Haruna Lee

    for the Conception and Writing of ​Suicide Forest​ (Ma-Yi Theater Company, Bushwick Starr)

  • Michael R. Jackson

    A Strange Loop​ ​(Playwrights Horizons, Page 73)


  • Camille A. Brown

    Sustained Excellence in Choreography


  • Liza Colón-Zayas and Elizabeth Rodriguez

    ​Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven (Atlantic Theater, LAByrinth Theater Company)

  • Emily Davis

    Is This A Room ​(Vineyard Theatre)

  • Edmund Donovan

    ​Greater Clements​ (Lincoln Center Theater)

  • April Matthis

    ​Toni Stone ​(Roundabout Theatre Company) 

  • Joe Ngo

    Cambodian Rock Band ​(Signature Theatre Company)

  • Deirdre O'Connell

    Dana H. ​(Vineyard Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group)


  • Yu-Hsuan Chen

    Set Design, ​Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (​ WP Theater, Second Stage, by special arrangement with Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne)

  • Mikhail Fiksel

    Sound Design, ​Dana H. ​(Vineyard Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group) and ​Cambodian Rock Band (​Signature Theatre Company)

  • Andrea Hood

    Costume Design with Public Works (The Public Theater)

  • Arnulfo Maldonado

    Sustained Excellence in Set Design

  • Jen Schriever

    Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design

Special Citation

  • Creative Team and Ensemble of ​A Strange Loop​ (Playwrights Horizons, ​Page 73​)
 Antwayn Hopper, James Jackson, Jr., L Morgan Lee, John-Michael Lyles, John-Andrew Morrison, Larry Owens, Jason Veasey, Elijah Caldwell (Ensemble), Stephen Brackett (Director), Raja Feather Kelly (Choreographer), Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Design), Montana Levi Blanco (Costume Design), Jen Schriever (Lighting Design), Alex Hawthorn (Sound Design), Cookie Jordan (Hair, Wig, and Makeup Design), Charlie Rosen (Orchestrations), Rona Siddiqui (Music Director), Michael R. Jackson (Vocal Arrangements)

    A Strange Loop​ (Playwrights Horizons, ​Page 73​)

  • Creative Team and Ensemble of ​Heroes of the Fourth Turning​ (Playwrights Horizons)
Jeb Kreager, Julia McDermott, Michele Pawk, Zoë Winters, John Zdrojeski (Ensemble), Laura Jellinek (Set Design), Sarafina Bush (Costume Design), Isabella Byrd (Lighting Design), Justin Ellington (Sound Design), Danya Taymor (Director)

    Heroes of the Fourth Turning​ (Playwrights Horizons)

  • David Cale

    for the Writing and Performance of ​We’re Only Alive For A Short Time​ (The Public Theater)

  • David Neumann and Marcella Murray

    for the Creation and Performance of ​Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed ​(Advanced Beginner Group, Abrons Arts Center, Chocolate Factory Theater, Mabou Mines)

  • Dave Malloy, Or Matias, and Hidenori Nakajo

    for their collaboration on the Music and Sound of​ Octet​ (Signature Theatre)

  • Tina Satter

    for the Conception and Direction of ​Is This A Room​ (Vineyard Theatre)

  • Alexandria Wailes

    for Sustained Excellence as an Artist and Advocate

  • AAPAC (Asian American Performers Action Coalition)

    for advocacy in the field of equity, diversity, and inclusion

Institutional Recognition

  • National Black Theatre

    for Sustained Excellence in Production and continued Advocacy on behalf of Black Artists

  • Page 73

    for Providing Extraordinary Support for Early Career Playwrights

  • The Tank

    for Providing Extraordinary Support for Emerging Artists

Hosts & Presenters


Cole Escola

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Clint Ramos

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Craig Lucas

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Cynthia Erivo

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Dominique Moriseau

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Eisa Davis

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Emilio Sosa

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Heather Hitchens

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Heidi Schreck

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Katrina Lenk

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LaTanya Richardson Jackson

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Liesl Tommy

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Malcolm Gets

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Rachel Chavkin

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Rachel Hauck

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Sahr Ngaujah

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Sam Pinkleton

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Saycon Sengbloh

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