- The Public Theater has been awarded 42 Tonys, 40 Drama Desks and 4 Pulitzer Prizes among many awards.
- It won the Special Tony Award 3 times: 1958, 1970 and 1984, when A Chorus Line became the longest-running show in Broadway history.
- The Drama Desk Awards presented the company a special achievement award in 2005, in honor of its 50th anniversary.
23 of its plays, musicals, revivals and one-person shows were either nominated and/or won the Tony for Best in the Category. The winners were:
- 1972: Best Play, Sticks and Bones
- 1972: Best Musical: Two Gentlemen of Verona
- 1973: Best Play, That Championship Season
- 1976: Best Musical, A Chorus Line
- 1981: Best Reproduction of a Musical: The Pirates of Penzance
- 1986: Best Musical: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
- 1993: Best Play: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
- 1994: Best Play: Angels in America: Perestroika
- 2002: Best Theatrical Event: Elaine Stritch: At Liberty!
- 2003: Best Play: Take Me Out
- 2009: Best Revival: Hair
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