The Ivey Awards celebration event is staged each fall and honors productions from September 1st - August 31st of the following year. The festive evening includes entertainment provided by the Twin Cities theater community, locally and nationally noted hosts, and recognition of theater organizations and individuals. The 2013 Ivey Awards event will be held on Monday, September 23rd at the Historic State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.

The recognition ceremony includes the following awards:
  • Recognition for work in the areas of production, design, direction, performance, and special citations (determined by a group of volunteer evaluators)
  • Recognition of an emerging artist (determined by the participating theaters); and
  • Recognition of lifetime achievement (determined by the participating theaters)
The system used to evaluate the hundreds of productions staged each year has been developed to include many perspectives. The work of almost 150 volunteer evaluators representing a variety of interests and backgrounds is incorporated in the process using both objective ratings and subjective commentary. Because creativity is not viewed as a competition, there are no nominees, pre-determined award categories or set number of awards.

In addition, all members of the theater-going public can submit their views about each production attended. The combined responses from these theater fans form the basis for special recognitions bestowed at the annual ceremony.

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