Don Giovanni
Musical Direction & Performances
Theatre de la Jeune Lune

Love, Janis
Musical Direction & Performances
Ordway Center

Messy Utopia
Innovative Concept & Idea
Mixed Blood Theatre

Actor Honorees

Thomas W. Jones II
Yellowman, Mixed Blood Theatre
Writer, director, and actor, Thomas W. Jones II founded Jomandi Productions in Atlanta with partner Marsha Jackson in 1978, serving as artistic director until 2000. During that time he produced, directed, and acted in over 100 productions, presenting and creating the African American canon. His one-man show, The Wizard of Hip, toured nationally and ultimately played at Woodie King's New Federal Theatre in New York. His sequel, Birth of the Boom, played at Mixed Blood before going to Pittsburgh, San Diego, and many other theatres.

In Minneapolis he has performed at Mixed Blood in They're Coming To Make It Brighter, League of Nations, Salt Fish and Bakes, Topdog/Underdog, Permanent Collection, and Yellowman. He has directed Cut Flowers, Dance on Widow's Row, Point of Revue, and Two Queens One Castle that he co-authored with Jevetta Steele (now running at The Music Box).

He has also penned Three Sistuhs, Bricktop, and Slam, all of which have been produced extensively.

Tom has directed at the Indiana Rep, San Diego Rep, Metro Stage (Virginia), Lorraine Hansbury Theatre (San Francisco), Horizon Theatre (Atlanta), and Studio Theatre of Washington, DC.

Kris Nelson
Wellstone!, History Theatre
Kris’s theatre credits include Private Lives, Boats on a River, The Merchant of Venice, A Christmas Carol (eight productions since 1995), Hamlet, His Girl Friday, As You Like It, The Sex Habits of American Women, Othello, Three Sisters, Six Degrees of Separation, Antony and Cleopatra, Amadeus, Once in a Lifetime, Twelfth Night, To Fool the Eye, The Plough and the Stars, Mr. Peters' Connections, The School for Scandal, Summer and Smoke, Julius Caesar, The Venetian Twins, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Guthrie Theater.
Other credits include Thirst Theater, Ten Thousand Things Theater’s productions of Red Noses and Iphigenia; Jungle Theater’s The Blue Room and productions at Utah Classical Greek Theater Company,Salt Lake Acting Company,Creede Repertory Theatre, Babcock Theatre and TheShakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Edward Williams, Jr.,
Kiss of the Spider Woman, Minneapolis Musical Theatre
Edward received critical acclaim for his role as Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman. Also at Minneapolis Musical Theatre he was featured in A Class Act and La Cage aux Folles. At the Children’s Theatre Company audiences saw him in Honk and Reeling. At Mixed Blood Theatre, Edward was featured in Take Me Out. His credits at Bloomington Civic Theatre include A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret and Hello Dolly with Sally Struthers.

He is also an instructor at the Children’s Theatre Company.

Sally Wingert
Woman Before A Glass , Minnesota Jewish Theatre
Sally has an extensive career in Twin Cities theater. At the Minnesota Jewish Theatre she has also been seen in Family Secrets.

Sally has been featured in more than 70 productions at the Guthrie Theater including : Private Lives, The Merchant of Venice, A Christmas Carol (16 productions since 1985), The Real Thing, , Hamlet,, Pride and Prejudice, Top Girls, The Comedy of Errors, Six Degrees of Separation, The Canterbury, The Plough and the Stars, , A Month in the Country, The Importance of Being Earnest, Julius Caesar, Summer and Smoke, Blithe Spirit, You Can't Take It With You, A Midsummer Night's