The judges are playwright Tony Kushner; set designer Loy Arcenas; composer Diedre Murray; actor James Urbaniak; theatre scholar David Savran; director Evan Yionoulis; and the Voice's own Alisa Solomon and Charles McNulty. Kushner, Arcenas, Murray, Yionoulis and Urbaniak have all won Obie Awards, which honor Off-Broadway theatre.
The delay in the formation of the committee is due to the recent departure of Voice theatre editor Brian Parks. McNulty was named as his successor.
The Obies will be held on May 17, 2004.