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Obie Awards

The Obie Awards honor the highest calibre of off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theatre to recognize brave work, champion new material, and advance careers in theatre.

For more than sixty years, the Village Voice has put off and off-off Broadway on the map by recognizing the artistic power of downtown theatre. The Voice was a forum for heated artistic discussion, including theatre reviews, that sparked awareness and excitement for New York’s emerging theatre movement. Alongside the publication, The Voice developed the Obie Awards in 1955 to celebrate the important work being staged south of Broadway. The Obie Awards honor the boundary-pushing theatre seen in the city’s intimate performing spaces, supporting an incubator for emerging work, with an award that validates off-Broadway as a league of its own.

General Eligibility/ Rules:

Eligibility for the OBIE Awards competition requires that paid advertising was displayed on an out of home advertising location during the prescribed calendar year Identical advertisements entered in any previous OBIE Awards competition are ineligible. For an advertisement to qualify for an OBIE Award, the advertiser (or its agency) must have paid for unit space directly to an out of home media company owning or operating the advertising assets, the only exception to this rule is public service advertisements. Illegal installations or entries that do not comply with standard entry guidelines will be declared ineligible.


  1. Direction,

  2. Special Obie Citation + Establishment of Michael Feingold Award,

  3. Lifetime Achievement,

  4. Playwriting, Choreography,

  5. Performance,

  6. Design,

  7. Special Citation,

  8. Institutional Recognition

Scheduled between: January - March

Fee(s) range: $250 - $350

*Please note that the list provided is not comprehensive and may not include all relevant details about the event. For complete and up-to-date information, we encourage you to visit the official website*


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