USA- The Obie Awards are the most crucial awards ceremony for new works. This is because the Obie Awards recognize off-Broadway and off-off Broadway for best outstanding theatrical accomplishments. Unlike most awards, the Obies do not publicize nominations or employ rigid categories. Their conviction is “that creativity is not competitive, the judges select outstanding artists and productions and may even invent new categories to reward artistic merit.” This is why Theatre Chat says the Obie Awards are the most important awards for the future of live theatre.
With a recent article Theatre Chat announced affordable off off Broadway theatres that are giving more options to tourist and NY residents. The Obie Awards are the most important link to affordable theatre and the future success to off-Broadway. Obie Awards give creditable theatre, plays and new works a chance to be spotlighted. Obie Awards bring hope to live thetare works that could move on to big Broadway budgets but better yet bring in an audience to see important compelling works of art.
“Theatre Chat chose the Obie Awards as a favorite ceremony for this reason. The fact that the Obie Awards are honoring off-Broadway and off off Broadway is a commitment in developing new works, production teams and artists. The Obie Awards is the future of live theatre, for our ever growing society.” Theatre Chat.
The Obie Awards ceremony will be held Monday, May 20, 2013 at Webster Hall at 125 East 11th Street Manhattan, NY 10003. The Village Voice alternative weekly newspaper, has announced the judges for the 58th Annual Village Voice Obie Awards. The announcement was made by Obie Awards Chairman Brian Parks, the Arts and Culture editor of the Village Voice, a position that includes editing the paper’s theater section.
The judges joining Brian Parks on the Obie Awards panel this season are Michael Feingold, Alexis Soloski, Erin Courtney, Mia Katigbak, Tom Sellar and Leigh Silverman. Below are credentials for the Obie Awards’ judges and they are are just as impressive as the Tony Awards.
Michael Feingold is the Voice’s chief theater critic, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a theater dramaturge. He became the first Obie Chairman Emeritus, after chairing the Obie Awards from 2006 through 2011. He continues in the role of Chairman Emeritus this year.
Alexis Soloski is a Post-Doctoral Lecturer in Literature Humanities at Columbia. Her academic interests include contemporary drama, performance art, acting technique, the body, and literature and medicine. A theater critic, this year marks her tenth year as a member of the Obie Awards committee. She writes weekly for the Village Voice and occasionally for The New York Times, The Guardian, and other publications. Her academic writing has appeared in Theater magazine and the Hunter Online Review. She occasionally serves as a dramaturge for new theatrical productions.
Erin Courtney is an Obie Award–winning playwright for her work A Map of Virtue. Her other plays include Honey Drop, Black Cat Lost, Alice the Magnet, Quiver and Twitch, and Demon Baby. Her work has been produced and developed by Clubbed Thumb, the Flea, New York Stage and Film, Adhesive Theater, Soho Rep, the Vineyard, and the Public Theater. She is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, a member of 13P, and a member of New Dramatists. Courtney teaches in the MFA playwriting program at Brooklyn College and is a co-founder of Brooklyn Writers Space. MFA, Brooklyn College, 2003. BA, Brown University, 1990.
Mia Katigbak is an award-winning artistic producing director and co-founder of the New York City–based, 22-year-old NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company). She is a founding member of the newly formed Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA), is the current president of its board, and chaired its Strategic Planning Subcommittee. Together with two other founding members, Jorge Ortoll of Ma-Yi Theater and Tisa Chang of Pan Asian Rep, she was one of the organizers of the 1st National Asian American Theater Festival in 2007, and along with Lloyd Suh of Second Generation, spearheaded the 2nd Festival held in October 2009. Both festivals held in New York City.
Tom Sellar is the editor of Theater magazine, published by the Yale School of Drama, where he is also professor of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism. He has been a critic and journalist for Village Voice since 2001.
Leigh Silverman won a double directing Obie Award in 2011 for her work on Lisa Kron’s In the Wake (Public Theater) and David Greenspan’s Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons). She recently directed the West Coast premiere of Chinglish (Berkeley Rep/South Coast Rep) after directing it at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago (Jeff Award nomination) and on Broadway.
Founded in 1955 by Voice cultural editor Jerry Tallmer, The Village Voice OBIE Awards annually honor the best of off-Broadway and off off Broadway. Past winners have included such well-known stars as Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, William Hurt, Morgan Freeman, Mos Def, Felicity Huffman, Kevin Kline, Nathan Lane, Olympia Dukakis, Denzel Washington, Glenn Close, Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates, James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, and Harvey Fierstein, to name a few.
Further details about the 58th Annual Obie Awards Ceremony, including the names of the co-hosts and presenters, along with information about how to purchase tickets, will be forthcoming.
The Village Voice was founded by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, and Norman Mailer in October 1955 and introduced free-form, high-spirited, and passionate journalism into the public discourse. The recipient of three Pulitzer prizes, the National Press Foundation Award, and the George Polk Award, among others, the Voice has earned a reputation for its groundbreaking investigations of New York City politics and for its expert coverage of New York’s cultural scene.
The Village Voice has also created such celebrated events as the Obie Awards, the 4Knots Music Festival, Choice Eats, Brooklyn Pour, the Web Awards, as well as the most anticipated issues and guides of the year—including the annual Pazz and Jop music poll, the annual Film Critics Poll, Best of NYC, and its Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Arts Preview guides. The Voice can be found at www.villagevoice.com. For more information on the Obie Awards please visit: www.obies.villagevoice.com
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