2010 Honorees List

Mary’s Wedding by the Jungle Theater
Ruined by Mixed Blood Theatre
Othello by Ten Thousand Things Theater

Individual Recognition

Aaron Gabriel: Music, Madame Majesta’s Miracle Medicine Show (Interact Theater)
Katie Guentzel: Acting, My Antonia (Illusion Theater)
Allison Moore: Playwright, My Antonia (Illusion Theater)
Joseph Stanley: Scenic Design, Mulan, Jr. (Children’s Theatre Company)
Tulle & Dye: Costumes, Beauty & The Beast (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Regina Marie Williams: Acting, Ruined (Mixed Blood Theatre)

Wendy Lehr (Lifetime Achievement Award) is one of the Twin Cities’ most beloved and respected actors whose work has been seen on the stages of The Jungle Theater (currently in The Glass Menagerie; The Gin Game, Blithe Spirit, A Delicate Balance, Bone Dry, House of Blue Leaves), the Guthrie (A Christmas Carol), Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Lulu, Lettice and Lovage), Park Square Theatre (Mary Stuart, Noises Off!), Theater Latté Da (The Full Monty), Ordway Center/Park Square (Grey Gardens), and History Theater (Eternity). From 1966–1986, as a member of the resident acting company at Children’s Theatre Company, she created roles in more than 130 productions, including her signature role as Pearl Cramp in Cinderella (which she performed from 1966 to 1999). She also served as CTC’s associate artistic director and director of education from 1990–1998. Regionally, Wendy performed with the Arizona Theatre Company for four seasons, as well as with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Seaside Music Theater (FL), and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. As a director, Wendy has directed productions for Park Square Theatre, Ordway Center and SteppingStone Theatre. She served as artistic director of the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists from 2005–2009, which recently renamed the Lowry Theater in downtown St. Paul the Lehr Theater in her honor. Wendy was the recipient of the 2008 Sally Irvine Ordway Award for Commitment to the Arts.

Kalere Payton (Emerging Artist Award) designed the costumes for The Producing House’s Power Balladz, Penumbra Theatre’s The Whipping Man, Park Square Theatre’s Othello, Theater Latté Da’s Violet, and the Guthrie’s Circle Mirror Transformation. She has designed numerous shows for the University of Minnesota, including A Bright Room Called Day, The Wiz, The Arabian Nights, and Happy. She also has designed costumes for Black Theatre Ensemble in George and Florida Players. Kalere received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2009.