2008 HONOREES LIST

Productions

'Night Mother
Overall
Workhouse Theatre Company

A Prelude to Faust
Overall
Open Eye Figure Theatre

Broken Brain Summit
Innovative Concept & Idea
Interact Center

The Pillowman
Emotional impact
Frank Theatre

Cabaret
Costume Design, Scenic Design, Choreography
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Individual Honorees

Ensemble Acting – Gary Geiken, Katie Guentzel, John Middleton, Carolyn Pool, Matt Rein, Alan Sorenson, Orson's Shadow, Gremlin Theatre
About the production: Orson Welles, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright and Vivien Leigh – giants of stage and film. Orson's Shadow is hilarious, irreverent & poignant theatrical speculation as to what happens when these fragile geniuses are thrown together by critic Kenneth Tynan to produce Ionesco's absurdist piece Rhinoceros. The production was directed by Matt Sciple.

Acting – Jairus Abts, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jungle Theater
Jairus Abts has performed with a number of Twin Cities theater companies including the Loring Playhouse, Theater in the Round and the Youth Performance Company. At the Guthrie he was in A Christmas Carol and Amadeus.

Acting – James A. Williams, Fences, Penumbra Theatre
In 2007 James Williams made his Broadway debut in a production of August Wilson's Radio Golf which ran at the Cort Theatre. He is a founding member of Penumbra Theatre Company where he has been featured in many productions including The African Company presents Richard III, Jitney, Seven Guitars and The Little Celebrated Color Minstrel Show. He is an associate artist with Pillsbury House Theatre where his credits include Jesus Hopped the A Train, Boesman in Lena and Talking Masks. He has also performed with the Children's Theatre Company, The Guthrie Theater, the Playwrights Center, Center Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Union Square Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Carlyle Brown and Company. He was named "Twin Cities Artist of the Year" in 2003 by the Star Tribune.

Acting – Kate Eifrig, 9 Parts of Desire, Guthrie Theater
Kate Eifrig is no stranger to Twin Cities audiences. At the Guthrie she has been featured in The Government Inspector, His Girl Friday, Great Gatsby and The Ugly One. Other credits include Love Janis at the Ordway, Recent Tragic Events at the Jungle Theare, Slither at Eye of the Storm Theatre, St. Joan at Park Square Theatre, Separation and Loot at Fifty Foot Penguin Theater and Little Shop of Horrors, Antigone, Red Noses and The Winter's Tale at Ten Thousand Things Theater.

Choreography – Tamara Kangas, 42nd Street, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Choreographer/dancer Tamara Kangas has also choreographed Chanhassen productions of Grease, Singin' in the Rain, West Side Story, Les Miserables and Easter Parade. Her directorial credits include The Musical of Musicals and Respect also at Chanhassen.

Emerging Artist

Matthew Amendt
A 2004 BFA graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program, Matthew Amendt has appeared in a number of Guthrie Theater productions. Roles include Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice, Nick Caraway in The Great Gatsby, Sweeney in His Girl Friday, William in As You Like It, the Cook in Peer Gynt, Stanley in Death of a Salesman, and Rode in Three Sisters. He has performed with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival and Chautauqua. This past year he authored The Comedian's Tragedy, produced this past year.

Lifetime Achievement

Don Stolz
Actor, writer, producer, and director Don Stolz is best known as the guiding force behind the Old Log Theater, which was founded in 1940. Stolz arrived the following year as an actor and director. In 1960, Stolz was the driving force behind construction of a new facility that includes a dining room for pre-performance meals as well as the 655-seat theater. The Old Log Theater is the oldest professional theater in the upper-Midwest and the longest continuously running stock theater in the entire country.

Stolz is also a radio veteran and played a pioneering role in the growth of television in the Twin Cities. In 1953 he began the roles for which a generation remembers him: the "paws" and off-screen voices of "Towser the Dog" and "Tallulah the Cat" on the beloved WCCO TV children's show "Axel and His Dog." He also appeared as "Vivian Vulture" on the Commodore Cappy children's show.