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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Obies Judges Chosen for 2013


Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway’s Highest Honor Salutes Outstanding Theatrical Accomplishment

New York, NYThe Village Voice, the nation’s first and largest alternative weekly newspaper, has announced the judges for the 58th Annual Village Voice OBIE Awards. The announcement was made by OBIE Awards Chairman Brian Parks, the Arts and Culture editor of The Village Voice, a position that includes editing the paper’s theater section.
Below, the judges that will join Brian Parks on the Obie Awards panel this season:
Michael Feingold. Michael is the Voice’s chief theater critic, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a theater dramaturge. He became the first OBIE Chairman Emeritus, after chairing the OBIE awards from 2006 through 2011. He continues in the role of Chairman Emeritus this year.
Alexis Soloski. Alexis is a Post-Doctoral Lecturer in Literature Humanities at Columbia. Her academic interests include contemporary drama, performance art, acting technique, the body, and literature and medicine. A theater critic, this year marks her tenth year as a member of the OBIE Awards committee. She writes weekly for The Village Voice and occasionally for The New York Times, The Guardian, and other publications. Her academic writing has appeared in Theater magazine and the Hunter Online Review. She occasionally serves as a dramaturge for new theatrical productions.
Erin Courtney. Erin 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. She is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, a member of 13P, and a member of New Dramatists. Courtney teaches in the MFA playwriting program at Brooklyn College and is a co-founder of Brooklyn Writers Space. MFA, Brooklyn College, 2003. BA, Brown University, 1990.
Mia Katigbak. Mia 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. Together with two other founding members, Jorge Ortoll of Ma-Yi Theater and Tisa Chang of Pan Asian Rep, she was one of the organizers of the 1st National Asian American Theater Festival in 2007, and along with Lloyd Suh of Second Generation, spearheaded the 2nd Festival held in October 2009. Both festivals occurred in New York City.
Tom Sellar. Tom 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. Leigh won a double directing OBIE Award in 2011 for her work on Lisa Kron's In the Wake (The 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.
Founded in 1955 by Voice cultural editor Jerry Tallmer, The Village Voice OBIE Awards annually honor the best of Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Unlike most theater awards, the Obies do not publicize nominations or employ rigid categories. In the conviction that creativity is not competitive, the judges select outstanding artists and productions and may even invent new categories to reward artistic merit. Past winners have included such well-known stars as Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, William Hurt, Morgan Freeman, Mos Def, Felicity Huffman, Kevin Kline, Nathan Lane, Olympia Dukakis, Denzel Washington, Glenn Close, Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates, James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, and Harvey Fierstein, to name a few. 
Further details about the 58th Annual OBIE Awards Ceremony, including the names of the co-hosts and presenters, along with information about how to purchase tickets, will be forthcoming.
About The Village Voice
Founded by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, and Norman Mailer in October 1955, The Village Voice introduced free-form, high-spirited, and passionate journalism into the public discourse. As the nation's original and largest alternative newsweekly, the Voice maintains the same tradition of no-holds-barred reporting and criticism it first embraced when it began publishing 57 years ago. The recipient of three Pulitzer prizes, the National Press Foundation Award, and the George Polk Award, among others, the Voice has earned a reputation for its groundbreaking investigations of New York City politics and for its expert coverage of New York's cultural scene. Writing and reporting on local and national politics, with opinionated culture, music, art, dance, film, and theater reviews, daily Web dispatches, comprehensive entertainment listings, and unrivaled classifieds, the Voice is the authoritative source on all that is New York.
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