OBIES Hosts

Hosts

  • Daniel Breaker

    is currently playing Donkey in Shrek The Musical at the Broadway Theatre. Other Broadway: Passing Strange (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Theatre World Award, AUDELCO Award), Cymbeline (Lincoln Center Theater), Well. Off-Broadway: Passing Strange (Obie Award) (Public Theater), Fabulation (Playwrights Horizons), Pericles (Red Bull, Culture Project). London: How to Act Around Cops (Soho Theatre). Regional: Life Is a Dream (South Coast Rep), The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Theatre Company; Helen Hayes nomination), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (South Coast Rep), The Tempest (STC; Helen Hayes nomination), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (STC), The Rivals (STC), The Silent Woman (STC), HMS Pinafore (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Black Sheep (Barrington Stage), Sundance Theater Lab, 2005. Film:

    Passing Strange

    (dir. Spike Lee). TV: Law & Order: Criminal Intent. BFA, Juilliard.

  • Martha Plimpton

    recently appeared as Gladys Bumps in the Broadway revival of Pal Joey, and received Tony and Drama League nominations last year for her work in MTC’s acclaimed revival of Top Girls. Other Broadway: Cymbeline, The Coast of Utopia (Drama Desk, Outer Critics awards; Tony nomination), Shining City, 16 Wounded. Off-Broadway:

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hurlyburly, The False Servant, Flesh & Blood, Boston Marriage, Hobson’s Choice

    (Obie Award), suburbia, Pericles. Regional: Uncle Vanya, Sisters Rosensweig, Heidi Chronicles (Seattle Rep), Absolution (dir.), The Glass Menagerie, The Libertine (Steppenwolf),

    Hedda Gabler, Playboy of the Western World

    (Steppenwolf, Long Wharf). Member of Steppenwolf Theater Company ensemble. She has appeared in over 35 films and was nominated for an Emmy award for her appearance on Law & Order: SVU.

Presenters

  • Anne Hathaway

    is continuing to emerge as one of Hollywood’s most engaging talents, Hathaway shot to stardom starring opposite Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. Anne was recently seen in Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married, for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, and SAG Award nominations; she was awarded Best Actress by the National Board of Review, the Chicago Film Critics Association, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. She was most recently seen in the Fox hit romantic comedy Bride Wars with Kate Hudson, directed by Gary Winick, and she recently completed production on Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton. She was also recently seen in 2008’s Get Smart, starring alongside Steve Carell. Other recent roles include Becoming Jane, a Jane Austen biopic in which she plays the title role, opposite Maggie Smith and James McAvoy; Passengers, with co-star Patrick Wilson, directed by Rodrigo Garcia; Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, and Michelle Williams. Hathaway and the rest of the cast were nominated for Best Ensemble Cast at the 2005 IFP/Gotham Awards, and earned a 2006 SAG Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The film also garnered seven Golden Globe nominations and eight Academy Award nominations, including a win for Ang Lee for Best Director. Hathaway has been involved with the Step Up Women’s Network, a foundation created to strengthen community resources for women and girls, and is on the advisory board for Lollipop Theater Network, an organization that screens movies in hospitals for pediatric patients suffering from chronic or life-threatening illness. Hathaway studied acting at the Paper Mill Playhouse and at the Barrow Group. Her theater credits include: City Center Encores! series presentation of Carnival, for which she won the prestigious 57th Annual Clarence Derwent Award; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s workshop of Woman in White; and Forever Your Child. Hathaway will appear as Viola in this summer’s Central Park production of Twelfth Night, produced by the Public Theater.

  • Brian d'Arcy James

    is currently appearing at the Broadway Theatre as the title character in Shrek The Musical. Broadway: The Apple Tree, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Sweet Smell of Success (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Titanic, Carousel, Blood Brothers. Off-Broadway: Port Authority, Next to Normal, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Pavilion, Flight, The Good Thief (Keen Company; Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critics Circle nomination, L.A. Weekly Award), Pardon My English, The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), Public Enemy, Floyd Collins, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Film/TV: Ghost Town, Enchanted, Cashmere Mafia, Rescue Me, Neurotica, Exiled, Sax and Violins. Solo debut album: From Christmas Eve to Christmas Morn.

  • Gavin Creel

    is a multi-faceted performer who is currently starring on Broadway in the leading role of Claude in the smash-hit revival of Hair. Creel earned a Best Actor Tony nomination for his Broadway debut in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Since then, he has solidified his reputation as one of the business’s top performers. He starred as Bert in the West End production of Mary Poppins and as Jean-Michel in the Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles. He has appeared in the world premiere of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Bounce (dir. Hal Prince), Bat Boy (Off-Broadway), Hair (City Center Encores!), Honk! (American premiere), The Mystery Plays (Second Stage/Yale Rep), and also can be seen alongside Julie Andrews in the television movies Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime. Creel can be heard on numerous recordings, such as Hair (2009), Bright Lights Big City, Thoroughly Modern Millie, It’s Only Life, and the Actors’ Fund Benefit recordings of Hair, Fine and Dandy, and Fame. Creel also has a thriving music career, playing to sold-out crowds at venues across New York, such as Irving Plaza, Joe’s Pub, and Arlene’s Grocery. Creel’s debut album, Goodtimenation, is now available in advance limited release and features 13 original songs that Creel co-wrote with producer/composer Robbie Roth.

  • John Shea

    recently finished shooting Marilyn Agrelo’s An Invisible Sign of My Own with Jessica Alba and Sonia Braga; Scott Dacko’s political thriller The Insurgents is currently in release. He appeared in Costa-Gavras’s 1982 Academy Award-winning Missing, which won the Palme D’Or at Cannes. Other film credits include Hussy opposite Helen Mirren; Windy City opposite Kate Capshaw; the French thriller Lune de Miel (Honeymoon) opposite Nathalie Baye; Alan Alda’s romantic comedy A New Life; Disney’s comedy Honey, I Blew Up the Baby; Stealing Home with Jodie Foster; Uri Barbash’s Israeli epic Unsettled Land; and the Sundance indie film The Adventures of Sebastian Cole. He made his Broadway debut in Isaac B. Singer’s Yentl, garnering the Theatre World Award for Most Promising Actor. Among his many theater credits since are Arthur Kopit’s End of the World, directed on Broadway by Hal Prince; MTC’s production of Steven Poliakoff’s American Day (Drama Desk nomination as Best Actor); Peter Parnell’s The Sorrows of Stephen at the Public; the West End production of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart; and A.R. Gurney’s Off-Broadway hit The Dining Room. On TV, Shea most recently starred in Mutant X (Gemini Award nomination, Best Actor). He currently appears on Gossip Girl. He won an Emmy Award for his role in the miniseries Baby M.

  • Karen Olivo

    is a Broadway and Television actor, well known for originating the role of Vanessa in the Tony Award winning musical In the Heights, both on and off Broadway. She was recently nominated for an Outer Critic’s Circle Award for her critically acclaimed performance in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story as Anita, which opened at the Palace Theatre on March 19, 2009. She also received a Tony nomination for her performance in West Side Story May 5, 2009. Karen also received her second Astaire Award Nomination for Best Female Dancer for her work in West Side Story, after previously winning the same award in 2008 for her work in In The Heights.

  • Kate Mulgrew

    New York: Equus (Broadway), The American Dream and The Sandbox (Cherry Lane), Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature Theatre, Obie Award), Our Leading Lady (MTC), Tea at Five (Promenade Theatre; Outer Critics Circle & Lucille Lortel nominations), Black Comedy (Roundabout Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Delacorte Theatre). London: The Exonerated. Regional: The Royal Family (Ahmanson Theatre), Hedda Gabler, Measure for Measure, Aristocrats (Mark Taper Forum), What the Butler Saw (La Jolla Playhouse), The Film Society (LATC), Another Part of the Forest, Major Barbara, The Misanthrope (Seattle Rep). Film: Star Trek: Nemesis, The Response, Throw Momma From the Train, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Lovespell, A Stranger Is Watching. Television: Ryan’s Hope, Mrs. Columbo (Golden Globe nomination), Cheers, The Black Donnelly’s, Mercy, seven seasons as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager (Golden Satellite Award, Saturn Award).

  • Marc Kudisch

    is currently on Broadway in 9 TO 5 for which he just received a Tony nomination. Broadway: -Pirates of Penzance (NYC Opera), The Apple Tree, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Tony, Outer Critics Circle nomination), Roundabout’s Assassins (Drama Desk nomination), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), A Little Night Music (NYC Opera), Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party, The Scarlet Pimpernel (3.0), High Society, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph...Dreamcoat. Recent Off-Broadway: The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center), See What I Wanna See (Drama Desk nomination). Recent regional: Witches of Eastwick (Signature, Helen Hayes Award), Summer and Smoke (Hartford), Zorba (Reprise!, L.A. Outer Critics, Ovation nominations), A Little Night Music (L.A. Opera). Film/TV: Sex and the City, Letterman, ATWT, Break In (Lifetime), AMC, Bye Bye Birdie.

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