2015 Obie Awards: Hamilton, Ars Nova, Signature Theater’s James Houghton, Booty Candy, Ayad Akhtar, Suzan-Lori Parks, etc.

ObieAwardslogoHamilton won the best new American play Obie at the 60th annual Obie Award for achievement Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. James Houghton, who’s departing next year as the artistic director of the Signature Theater, won the Sustained Achievement Award. Ars Nova won the Ross Wetzsteon Award for its strong commitment to innovative theater.

Complete list of winners:


Brooke Bloom, You Got Older (produced by Page 73 at HERE Arts Center)

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy (Atlantic Theater Company & Second Stage Theatre)

John Douglas Thompson, Tamburlaine (Theatre for a New Audience) & The Iceman Cometh (BAM)

Usman Ally, The Invisible Hand (New York Theatre Workshop)

April Matthis, Sustained Excellence of Performance

Ayad Akhtar
Ayad Akhtar


Ayad Akhtar, The Invisible Hand (New York Theatre Workshop)

Clare Barron, You Got Older (produced by Page 73 at HERE Arts Center)

Suzan-Lori Parks, Father Comes Home From the Wars Parts I, II, & III (The Public Theater)


Trip Cullman, Punk Rock (MCC Theater)

Anne Kauffman, Sustained Excellence of Direction


Abigail DeVille, Prophetika: An Oratorio (La MaMa)

Christine Jones, Sustained Excellence of Set Design

Ben Stanton, Sustained Excellence of Lighting Design

Japhy Weideman, Sustained Excellence of Lighting Design


Special Citations

Bootycandy, writer/director Robert O’Hara, actors Philip James Brannon, Jessica Frances Dukes, Jesse Pennington, Benja Kay Thomas, Lance Coadie Williams (Playwrights Horizons)

Bridget Everett, Rock Bottom (Public Theater)

Kate Benson (writer) and Lee Sunday Evans (director), A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes (New Georges)

Catch (performance series), Andrew Dinwiddie, Caleb Hammons, Jeff Larson

Bush Moukarzel and Dead Centre, Lippy (Abrons Arts Center)

Andrew Schneider, Youarenowhere (PS 122 / COIL Festival)

HamiltoncreativeteamBest New American Theatre Work (includes $1,000 check)

Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, direction by Thomas Kail, arrangements/orchestrations/music direction by Alex Lacamoire (The Public Theater)

Sustained Achievement Award

James Houghton (artistic director, Signature Theater)

OBIE Grants ($2,500 to each theater)

Horse Trade Theater Group / The Fire This Time Festival

JACK (Arts Center)

The Ross Wetzsteon Award (includes $2,500)

Ars Nova

2015 Obie Award winners on stage at Webster Hall
2015 Obie Award winners on stage at Webster Hall

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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