Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

2016 Obie Award Winners Announced

Last night, the 2016 Obie Awards were announced at Webster Hall.  Congratulations to all of the winners.

Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed in Atlantic Theater Company's world premiere of Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed in Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Carmen de Lavallade

Carmen de Lavallade

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Carmen de Lavallade

AR. Gurney

BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY (w/$1000 prize)

Rajiv Joseph, GUARDS AT THE TAJ (Atlantic Theater)

Lucas Hnath

Lucas Hnath

PLAYWRITING

Lucas Hnath, THE CHRISTIANS (Playwrights Horizons) and RED SPEEDO (NYTW)

Stephen Karam, THE HUMANS (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

MUSICAL THEATRE

Steven Levenson (book), Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (music & lyrics), DEAR EVAN HANSEN (Second Stage)

DIRECTION

Rachel Chavkin, THE ROYALE (Lincoln Center Theater / Newhouse)

Michael Leibenluft, I’LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN (Bushwick Starr)

PERFORMANCE

Khris Davis, THE ROYALE (Lincoln Center Theater / Newhouse)

Emily Donahoe, THE CHRISTIANS (Playwrights Horizons)

Georgia Engel, JOHN (Signature Theater)

Ensemble, ECLIPSED (Public Theater)

Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, Lupita Nyong’o, Saycon Sengbloh

Jayne Houdyshell, THE HUMANS (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed, GUARDS AT THE TAJ (Atlantic Theater)

Ben Platt, DEAR EVAN HANSEN (Second Stage)

Lucas Caleb Rooney, RED SPEEDO (NYTW)

Tamara Tunie, FAMILIAR (Playwrights Horizons)

DESIGN

Rachel Hauck, sustained excellence of set design

Jason Lyons, sustained excellence of lighting design

James Ortiz, puppet design, THE WOODSMAN (New World Stages)

Bray Poor, sustained excellence of sound design

Kaye Voyce, sustained excellence of costume design

SPECIAL CITATIONS: COLLABORATION

Annie Baker (playwright), Sam Gold (director) and the design team of JOHN (Signature):

Mark Barton (lighting), Ásta Bennie Hostetter (costumes), Mimi Lien (set), Noah

Mease (props), Bray Poor (sound)

Dominique Morisseau (playwright) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson (director), SKELETON

CREW (Atlantic Theater)

OBIE GRANTS ($4000 each)

Bedlam Theatre

Noor Theatre

Prospect Theater Company

NAATCO'S Associate Producer Peter Kim and NAATCO'S Artistic Producing Director Mia Katigbak at The Public Theater in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

NAATCO’S Associate Producer Peter Kim and NAATCO’S Artistic Producing Director Mia Katigbak at The Public Theater in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

THE ROSS WETZSTEON AWARD ($3000)

NAATCO /National Asian American Theatre Company

JUDGES: Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Oliver Butler, Clint Ramos, Juliet Rylance, Michael Sommers, Marilyn Stasio; Michael Feingold, chairman

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Coverage: Hangin’ with the Winners of the 61st Annual Obie Awards!

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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