Iveys Present Local Theater Awards


(Photo courtesy of Guthrie Theater)

By Colleen Steppa, Theater Reviewer

Minneapolis recently celebrated the 12th annual Ivey Awards to recognize great talents in local theater over the past year. The awards show took place in the historic backdrop of the State Theater. The show in its entirety will be available for viewing on 45TV on Saturday, September 24 at 7 pm and KSTP-TV at 1 am on Sunday, September 25.

The Ivey Award winners were selected on the combined evaluations of the public and volunteer theater evaluators, selected from 1200 performances, taking place between September 2015 and August 2016 in the Twin Cities metro area.

Trevor Bowen’s touching win for the Emerging Artist Award was well-deserved, a costume designer who has worked at numerous theaters in the Twin Cities including Park Square, Latte Da, Mixed Blood, and the Guthrie. Graydon Royce was also notably honored with the Lifetime Acheivement Award for his legendary work as a theater critic for the Star Tribune, with a tongue-in-cheek glimpse into the theater community “therapy room” where playwrights recover from his sharp reviews with darts to the face of his cardboard likeness.

Several performances were also selected to exemplify the best and brightest of this year’s theater productions, including Kevin Fanshaw’s exhilarating scene from Equus, who was visibly breathless when he returned to the stage minutes later to accept his award for the performance. Another surprise of the night was New Epic Theater’s win for Now or Later, as Joseph Stodola stood at the podium and reminded us, “Um, this was a Fringe show…”

The full list of winners courtesy of Anne Ulseth


The Wizard of Oz (Children’s Theatre Company) – Overall Excellence
Glensheen (History Theatre) – Overall Excellence
Le Switch (Jungle Theater) – Overall Excellence


– Victor Zupanc – Sound Design and Music: Pinocchio (Children’s Theatre Company)
– Kevin Fanshaw and Charles Numrich – Acting: Equus (Theatre Coup d’Etat)
– Warren C. Bowles – Direction: The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife  (Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company)
– Kate Sutton-Johnson – Set Design: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  (Theater Latté Da)
– Jasmine Hughes – Acting: Sunset Baby (Penumbra Theatre)
– Ensemble – Acting: Trouble in Mind (Guthrie Theater)
– Ensemble – Acting: Now or Later (New Epic Theater)


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