2019 Obie Awards

The 64th Annual Obie Awards, celebrating Off and Off-Off-Broadway Theater, was a New York Theatre Workshop lovefest, with Obies going to NYTW playwrights Heidi Schreck, Madeleine George, Marcus Gardley, and lighting designer Isabella Byrd, as well as a lifetime achievement Obie to NYTW’s artistic director James Nicola. It was also a tribute to the many women working in the theater in New York. But Obies like to spread the wealth, literally — Four theaters received grants.

Full list below:

(Also check out: New York Theater Awards 2019 Calendar and Guide)


Best New American Play ($1,000 prize)
Heidi Schreck, What The Constitution Means To Me (New York Theatre Workshop)


Madeleine George, Hurricane Diane (New York Theater Workshop)
Marcus Gardley, The House That Will Not Stand (New York Theater Workshop)
Suzan-Lori Parks, White Noise (Public Theater)


Jo Bonney, for sustained excellence
Leigh Silverman, for sustained excellence
Stevie Walker-Webb, for Ain’t No Mo’


Alicia Simms, Fabulation, and Meet Vera Stark (Signature)
Cherise Boothe,Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (Signature Theatre Company)
Francis Jue, Wild Goose Dreams (The Public Theater)
Mia Barron, Hurricane Diane (New York Theatre Workshop)

Quincy Tyler Bernstine, sustained excellence


Dede M. Ayite, Sustained Excellence in Costume Design
Palmer Hefferan,Sustained Excellence in Sound Design
Cookie Jordan, Sustained Excellence in Hair, Wigs, and Makeup
Louisa Thompson, Sustained Excellence in Scenic Design
Isabella Byrd, Lighting Design, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop)
Clint Ramos, Set Design, Wild Goose Dreams (The Public Theater)

Special Citations

Clare Barron (Playwright) and Lee Sunday Evans (Director), Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons)

Jordan E. Cooper, playwriting and performance, Ain’t No Mo’ (Public Theater)

Oklahoma! director and  creative team (St. Ann’s Warehouse); 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)

Jackie Siblies Drury, playwright, and Lileana Blain-Cruz, director , Marys Seacole (Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3)

The Jungle cast and creative team = (St. Ann’s Warehouse);Joe Murphy andJoe 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 Ross Wetzsteon Award ($3,000 prize)

Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3

Obie Grants ($4,000 prize each)

The Movement Theatre Company

Target Margin Theater

WP Theater

Lifetime Achievement

James C. Nicola, New York Theatre Workshop

Jeffrey Horowitz, Theatre for a New Audience

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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