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.