58th Obie Awards will take place on 20 May 2013



The Village Voice, the nation's largest alternative weekly newspaper, has announced the 58th Annual OBIE awards will take place on 20 May 2013 at Webster Hall in the East Village. The co-hosts for the event are still to be announced.

Michael Feingold, critic and longtime judge of the awards will resume his former position as Obie chairman for the 58th Annual Village Voice OBIE Awards, replacing former Chairman Brian Parks who has moved on from The Village Voice.

osh Fromson, Publisher of the Village Voice said,

We are thrilled to have Michael Feingold back as Obie Chariman for our 58th annual Obie Awards ceremony. Michael brings his elevated skill and expertise as an icon of the New York theater community with a deep history and love for the Obies."
Michael Feingold is the Voice's chief theater critic, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a produced playwright and translator. He became OBIE Chairman in 2012 after chairing the OBIE awards from 2006 through 2011. He resumes his role of Chairman again this month.

Alexis Soloski, will assist the committee handling some administrative duties and serve as an advisor for the awards ceremony. Alexis is a Post-Doctoral Lecturer in Literature Humanities at Columbia and a longtime drama critic at The Village Voice.

Joining Feingold and Soloski as this years judge's are: 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.

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.

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 The 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 nomination) and on Broadway.

For the past half-century The Village Voice Obie Awards have honored the best of Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Structured with informal categories that change annually, The Village Voice Obie Awards recognize persons and productions of excellence. Unlike most theater awards, The Village Voice Obie Awards have no nominations.

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