The Village Voice Obie Awards were created by Jerry Tallmer in 1955, soon after the first publication of the paper, to publicly acknowledge and encourage the growing Off-Broadway theater movement. Just as they are today, the Village Voice Obies were purposely structured with informal categories, to recognize persons and productions worthy of distinction in each theater season. The Obie Awards are an important part of the Voice's long history of championing Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway.
Fifty-five years ago, The Village Voice put downtown theater on the map with in-depth coverage and support. The paper was a forum for heated artistic discussion and played a large role in generating excitement about the emerging theater movement.
The Obies have become a theatrical tradition, a meaningful way of acknowledging the best of Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. This list of actors, directors, writers, and designers whose careers were launched at the Obies is a Who's Who of theater. The categories for the awards change almost annually, but the spirit remains the same. The Village Voice Obie Awards continue to salute a theatrical movement that's as important, vibrant, and dynamic as it was in 1955.
For more information on the Obie Awards, please visit www.villagevoice.com/obies
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