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FOUNDER SCOTT MAYER STEPS DOWN FROM 

IVEY AWARDS

(MINNEAPOLIS; December 21, 2016) – The Ivey Awards Board of Directors and Advisory Committee announced today that Iveys founder Scott Mayer is leaving his role as organizer and producer of the annual event.

In anticipation of Mayer’s 2016, year-end transition, the Ivey Awards Board of Directors has also announced that Amy Newton of Arts ink, Inc., who is currently an Ivey Awards Board member, will be acting as the interim leader for the transition team as it defines the necessary steps to maintain a viable and sustainable model for the future.

 

Mayer notes, “I’m grateful that Amy Newton, the Board and the committee understand my interest in relinquishing my role. Each of them are skilled, talented professionals, and I know they have the best interests of the theater community and the Ivey Awards in mind.”

 

The Ivey’s mission is to increase awareness of Twin Cities professional theater and to create a celebration for all people who love Twin Cities’ theater – those within the theater community and those in the audience.

 

The Iveys came about due to Mayer’s strong belief that the vibrant theater community was a defining asset for the Twin Cities that needed to have a brighter spotlight. After a series of informal discussions with individuals active in the theater community, the Ivey Awards were kicked off in 2004 to honor and showcase the work of professional theater companies and artists.

 

“I feel very satisfied knowing that thanks to the terrific support from both the theater-going public and the theater industry itself, the Iveys became – except for the Tony Awards – the most attended live-theater awards event in the country,” Mayer says. “In my mind, the trophies handed out at the show are secondary to the feeling of camaraderie as theater professionals and fans alike who came together to celebrate each other and enjoy the recognition that our community has something special in our appreciation of theater.”

 

The Iveys have been unique among awards events in the country in that they are open to the public and that there are no nominees, set number of awards or pre-determined award categories, with the exception of the Lifetime Achievement and the Emerging Artist Awards. The artists and organizations receiving special recognition are determined by data compiled from evaluations completed by volunteer theater evaluators. Each participating theater has an opportunity to submit a vote, which determines the Lifetime Achievement and Emerging Artist Awards.

The Ivey’s first two years were funded almost exclusively by Ameriprise Financial, with 48 participating theaters. In 2016, 83 professional theaters participated along with 35 sponsors Several corporations, including Target and Best Buy, have consistently supported the Iveys, as well as several smaller companies such as martinpatrick3, City Pages and Mpls/St. Paul magazine.

 

Newton states, “The committee values the existing partnerships and is deeply grateful for all whose efforts have sustained the Iveys thus far. Though the Ivey Awards is currently financially stable, we recognize and look forward to identifying and developing new partnerships, all of which will be critical in our efforts to ensure the Ivey Awards is able to continue to pursue its mission in the years to come.”

 

The Ivey Awards include the annual September celebration and recognition of professional Twin Cities theater as well as a spring networking event for theatre board members and the community. In recent years, the Iveys have worked to engage the next generation of Twin Cities’ artists with initiatives that include Best Buy’s Teen Tech program and the September event’s complimentary Teen Ivey celebration.

 

Mayer says, “Since the Ivey’s inception, I was – and remain – dazzled by the individual talent in the Twin Cities theater community. Over its 12 years, hundreds of theater professionals, both on and off the stage, have been honored, and they represent only a fraction of the total number who produce phenomenal work year in and out. And these individuals wouldn’t be able to produce their work without the tremendous support of the theater-going public.”

 

Ivey Board member Fran Davis notes, “The Board of Directors, Advisory Committee and theater community will forever be grateful for Scott Mayer’s founding and sustaining of the Ivey Awards. Scott has graciously offered to provide assistance as the Iveys move forward. We are all committed to exploring a future that maintains the quality and integrity that the theater community deserves and has come to expect.”

Mayer plans to focus on the One Man Project, a nonprofit organization he founded that seeks to engage more young men in their communities as volunteers, mentors and role models.

 

Questions and inquiries are being directed to info@iveyawards.com

 

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Ivey Awards Board of Directors:

Fran Davis

Scott Mayer

Amy Newton

Sally Wingert

Ricardo Vazquez

 

 

2013 Ivey Awards

2013 Ivey Awards Go to Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher for Lifetime Achievement and Ricardo Vázquez for Emerging Artist

Two Productions and Ten Individuals/Ensembles Also Honored at September 23 Celebration 

(MINNEAPOLIS; September 23, 2013) — The Twin Cities theater community bestowed on Jeffrey Hatcher, nationally-renowned playwright, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performer, director and playwright Ricardo Vázquez the Emerging Artist Award at the 9th annual Ivey Awards.  The celebration, held Monday, September 23, at the Historic State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, honors and showcases the work of professional theater companies and artists over the past year. 

Based on evaluations completed by the more than 150 volunteer theater evaluators who saw more than 1,000 performances created by 80 professional theaters in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area from September 2012 through August 2013, two productions and ten individuals/ensembles were also recognized with 2013 Iveys:

Productions
  • In the Next Room, Jungle Theater: Overall Excellence
  • Milly & Tillie, Open Eye Figure Theatre: Overall Excellence
Individual Recognition
  • Peter Beard & James Napoleon Stone, Directing, Hamlet (Theatre Coup d’Etat)
  • Raymond Berg, Musical Direction, Urinetown: The Musical (Jungle Theater)
  • Peter Brosius, Directing, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Children’s Theatre Company)
  • Michael Croswell, Sound Design, Misterman (Frank Theatre)
  • Ensemble, Acting, Clybourne Park (Guthrie Theater)
  • Ensemble, Acting, Two Sugars, Room for Cream (Hennepin Theatre Trust)
  • Michael Matthew Ferrell, Choreography, Singin’ in the Rain (Bloomington Civic Theatre)
  • Katherine Glover, Alissa M. Shellito & Jeri Weiss, Playwriting, Freshwater Theatre Goes Back to High School (Freshwater Theatre Company)
  • Dean Holt, Acting, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Children’s Theatre Company)
  • Craig Johnson, Acting, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Walking Shadow Theatre Company)

The 9th annual Ivey Awards was presented with the generous support of BMW of Minnetonka, Audi of Minneapolis, Porsche of Minneapolis, Best Buy, Target Corporation, McKnight Foundation, JP Morgan, Hellmuth & Johnson, Dorsey & Whitney, Robins Kaplan, Actors’ Equity Association, IATSE, martin patrick3, Spyglass Creative, Risdall Marketing Agency, City Pages, Le Meridien Chambers, Summit Brewing Company, Cities 97, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, MINQ, Clear Channel Outdoor, Trinchero Family Estates winery, Reyka Vodka, Heinrick’s Gin, and the University of MN Performing Arts Archives



Ivey 2012 Honorees

2012 Ivey Awards Recognize Rick Shiomi for Lifetime Achievement and Isabel Nelson for Emerging Artist

Four Productions and Six Individuals Also Honored in September 24th Celebration

(MINNEAPOLIS) — The Twin Cities theater community honored Rick Shiomi, Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts, with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performer, director, and theatre creator Isabel Nelson with the Emerging Artist Award at the 8th annual Ivey’s. The yearly celebration, held Monday, September 24, at the Historic State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, honors and showcases the work of professional theater companies and artists over the past year.

Based on evaluations completed by the more than 150 volunteer theater evaluators who saw more than 1,000 performances in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area from September 2011 through August 2012, four productions and six individuals were also recognized with 2012 Iveys:

Productions
Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Walking Shadow Theatre Company: Overall Excellence
Spring Awakening, Theatre Latte Da: Overall Excellence
Ballad of the Pale Fisherman, Illusion Theater: Emotional Impact
Julius Caesar, Theatre Unbound: Inventive Reinterpretation

Individual Recognition
Tracie Bennett, Acting, End of the Rainbow (Guthrie Theater)
Hugh Kennedy, Acting, Buzzer (Pillsbury House Theatre)
Jody Briskey, Acting, Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall (History Theatre)
Barry Browning, Lighting Design, Dial M for Murder (Jungle Theater)
Miriam Monasch, Directing, Our Class (Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company)
Joe Vass, Musical Direction, The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer (Park Square Theatre)

About the Iveys
The Iveys are unique among awards events in the country in that they are open to the public and that there are no nominees, set number of awards or pre-determined award categories, with the exception of the Lifetime Achievement and the Emerging Artists Awards. The artists and organizations receiving special recognition are selected from evaluations completed by the general public and the volunteer theater evaluators. Each participating theater receives a vote to determine the Lifetime Achievement and Emerging Artist awards. The 8th annual Ivey Awards was presented with the generous support of Best Buy, Target, Walser Automotive, McKnight Foundation, Diversified Growth Investors, Dorsey & Whitney, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, Barnes & Thornburg, Helmuth & Johnson, Trinchero Family Estates Winery, Actors’ Equity Association, J.P. Morgan, Arts Ink, Cities 97, City Pages, Arts & Custom Publishing, Metro Magazine, Risdall Marketing Group, Level, Bacardi, Tiger Beer, Joia All Natural Soda, D’Amico Kitchen, 2 Gingers, Le Meridien Chambers Hotel, Clear Channel Outdoor, martinpatrick3, and William Clark Photography.

RICK SHIOMI (Lifetime Achievement Award) is the founder and Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts, one of the largest Asian-American theater companies in the U.S. and a leader in the local and national development of Asian American theater and taiko. Founded in 1992, Mu is composed of Theater Mu, which offers stage performances, and Mu Daiko, a taiko drumming ensemble. Through Shiomi’s leadership, Mu has helped to develop and support the work of local and national playwrights, actors, directors, and musicians by premiering many new works, fostering a new generation of Asian American artists, and bringing Asian American voices to Twin Cities audiences. As a playwright, Shiomi has written a number of plays, including Mask Dance, The Tale of the Dancing Crane, The Hmong Tiger Tales, and The Walleye Kid, which he also adapted into a musical. Shiomi has been recognized with a 2002 Asian-Pacific Leadership Award for Excellence & Innovation in the Arts from the State of Minnesota Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans and the Sally Award for Vision in 2008.

ISABEL NELSON (Best Emerging Artist Award) recently co-created and appeared in the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival hit show Ash Land, produced by Transatlantic Love Affair, of which she is co-artistic director. With Transatlantic she also conceived and directed two previous Fringe hits, Red Resurrected and The Ballad of the Pale Fisherman, which was subsequently expanded and presented in Illusion Theater’s Lights Up series. As a performer, she has worked with Live Action Set, Jon Ferguson Theatre, and Four Humors, among others. Nelson’s directing credits include work with Black Dirt Theater and Macalester College. She graduated from Minneapolis South High, received her B.A. from Macalester College in Theatre and Religious Studies, and a certificate in Creating Theatre at the Lecoq-based London International School for Performing Arts.

Ivey 2011 Honorees

2011 Iveys RecognizeBain Boehlke for Lifetime Achievement and Anna Sundberg for Emerging Artist

Two Productions and Six Individuals Also Honoredin September 19th Celebration

(MINNEAPOLIS) — The Twin Cities theater community honored Bain Boehlke, Artistic Director of the Jungle Theater, with the Lifetime Achievement Award and actor Anna Sundberg with the Emerging Artist Award at the 7th annual Iveys on Monday, September 19, at the Historic State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. The yearly celebration honors and showcases the work of professional theater companies and artists over the past year.

Based on evaluations completed by the general public and more than 150 volunteer theater evaluators who saw more than 1,000 performances in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area from September 2010 through August 2011, two productions and six individuals were also recognized with 2011 Iveys:

Productions

Doubt (Ten Thousand Things)
The 7-Shot Symphony (Live Action Set)

Individual Recognition

Craig Johnson, Director, Street Scene (Girl Friday Productions)
Peter Christian Hansen, Acting, Burn This (Gremlin Theatre)
Dennis Spears, Acting, I Wish You Love (Penumbra Theatre Company)
Ben Bakken, Acting, Jesus Christ Superstar (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres)
Gary Rue, Music, Buddy–The Buddy Holly Story (History Theatre)
David Bolger, Choreographer, H.M.S. Pinafore (Guthrie Theater)

Bain Boehlke is the founding Artistic Director of the Jungle Theater. He has worked in theaters around the country including Arizona Theatre Company, Louisville Children’s Theatre and Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Bain was Associate Artistic Director and a leading actor at the Children’s Theatre Company for 13 years. He produced by documentary Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Memories and Perspectives and appeared as Mr. Mohra in the Cohen brothers’ film Fargo. He is the recipient of the 2001 McKnight Fellowship for Theater Arts and the 2009 McKnight Foundation’s Distinguished Artist of the Year. Since the Jungle’s inception more than 20 years ago, Bain has directed, designed and/or appeared in most of the theater’s productions. Most recently he directed and designed Hamlet, which is now playing on the Jungle stage.

Anna Sundberg currently is appearing in Walking Shadow Theatre Company’s production of Reasons to Be Pretty at the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio. She has recently appeared in Street Scene with Girl Friday Productions, as Maid Marian in the Children’s Theatre Company’s Robin Hood and as the lead in Joking Envelope’s Sexy Librarian: File Under Rock Musical. Other appearances include Ringtone in the 2010 Fringe Festival, Rock ‘n’ Roll at Park Square Theatre, A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater, and Macbeth at Great River Shakespeare Festival.

 

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 July 21, 2010

2011 Iveys Celebrate Twin Cities Theater
September 19 at Historic State Theatre

Seth & Charles Numrich to Host Event

(Minneapolis, MN) — Minneapolis–St. Paul theater fans will gather Monday, September 19, at the Historic State Theatre for the 7th annual Iveys, honoring and showcasing the work of professional theater companies and artists over the past year. Established in 2004, the Iveys seek to increase awareness and appreciation of Twin Cities’ professional theater by providing a celebration for both those working within the theater community and for those in the audience.

Seth Numrich, star of the 2011 Tony Award-winning War Horse at NYC’s Lincoln Center Theater and a native of the Twin Cities, returns home to co-host the Iveys with his father, local actor and storyteller Charles Numrich

The Iveys are unique among awards events in the country in that they are open to the public and there are no nominees, set number of awards or pre-determined award categories, with the exception of the Lifetime Achievement and the Emerging Artists Awards. The artists and organizations receiving recognition are selected from evaluations completed by the public and more than 150 volunteer theater evaluators who have seen more than 1000 performances in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area from September 2010 through August 2011.

Each participating theater receives a vote to determine the Lifetime Achievement and Emerging Artist awards; for other honorees, a software program summarizes the information provided by the volunteer evaluators and the Ivey Awards advisory committee confirms the results. The 15-member advisory committee is composed of local theater professionals, theater board members, and theater goers.

The 2011 Iveys will feature a special opening number honoring and featuring local theater costumers. In addition, Ryan McCartan, a graduate of Minnetonka High School who is the 2011 winner of the Jimmy Award and the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts award, will sing “Someone to Fall Back On,” the piece he sang to win the Jimmy (the National High School Musical Theater Awards’ top prize). The entertainment also includes:

  • Excerpt from The Rocky Horror Show by Cardinal Theatricals
  • Excerpt from The Buddy Holly Story by the History Theater
  • Excerpt from Little Shop of Horrors by Mu Performing Arts
  • The 7-Shot Symphony by Live Action Set
  • Excerpt from Ragtime by Park Square Theatre

The Ivey Awards is presented with the generous support of Best Buy, Target, McKnight Foundation, Sun Country Airlines, Trinchero Family Estates Winery, Bombay Sapphire, Actor’s Equity Association, Arts & Custom Publishing, Cities 97, City Pages, Metro Magazine, Risdall Marketing Group, FAME, American Burger Bar, CRAVE, Savvi Formalwear, The Lab, Zeller Realty, and Shapco Printing.

What:    7th Annual Iveys celebrating theater in the Twin Cities
When:    Monday, September 19, 7:30 p.m.
Where:    Historic State Theatre
Tickets:    Available at www.IveyAwards.com, State Theatre box office or any Ticketmaster outline. Youth party tickets available only at www.IveyAwards.com.

  • Regular tickets $35 before September 9; $40 after that date (includes reserved seating for show plus post-show party at LaSalle Plaza)
  • VIP tickets $125 (includes pre-party at The New Century Theatre from 5–7 p.m with exquisite food and a cocktail bar, and preferred seating at the State Theatre)
  • Youth tickets for ages 17 and younger $8 (includes pre-party at LaSalle Plaza from 5–7 p.m. with interactive entertainment.

Blog:    More information at iveyawards.tumblr.com, the official blog of the Ivey Awards

Sept. 23, 2010

2010 Ivey Awards Recognize Wendy Lehr for Lifetime Achievement and Kalere Payton for Emerging Artist

 

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