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NEWS: Ivey Awards Roundup

The Ivey Awards ceremony at the State Theatre in Minneapolis last night brought a sold-out house of actors, designers, and other theatre professionals and aficionados together to celebrate theatre in the greater Twin Cities region. Designers were especially well-represented this year, a recognition that some interpreted as a conscious rejection of the Tony Awards’ reduced coverage of technical theatre.

Iveys were awarded in the following categories:

  • Overall Excellence
  • Outstanding Ensemble
    • The cast of the Guthrie Theater’s production of Trouble in Mind
    • The cast of New Epic Theater’s Fringe show Now or Later
  • Outstanding Duo
    • Kevin Fanshaw and Charles Numrich in Theatre Coup d’Etat’s production of Equus
  • Individual Achievement
    • Warren Bowles for directing The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company)
    • Jasmine Hughes for her performance in Sunset Baby (Penumbra Theatre)
    • Kate Sutton-Johnson for her set design for Theater Latté Da’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    • Victor Zupanc for music and sound design for Pinocchio (Children’s Theatre Company)
  • Emerging Artist
    • Costume designer Trevor Bowen (Park Square Theatre’s Nina Simone: Four Women, Theatre Latte Da’s Lullaby, and Mixed Blood Theatre’s DJ Latinidad)
  • Lifetime Achievement
    • Theatre critic Graydon Royce (Star Tribune)

Preshow music was provided by the ensemble of the Old Log Theater’s Million Dollar Quartet (a show whose run was recently extended by four weeks). Other featured performances included excerpts from Savage Umbrella’s June, Park Square’s Nina Simone (“Sinnerman”), Latté Da’s Gypsy (“You Gotta Have A Gimmick”), Theatre Coup d’Etat’s Equus, and Urban Spectrum Theatre’s Warm Dark Dusk.

Twin Cities Arts Reader