The Ivey Awards was established in 2004 with two primary objectives in mind:

  • Celebrate and increase awareness of Twin Cities professional theater
  • Create a celebration for ALL people who love Twin Cities' theater – those within the theater community and those in the audience

The Ivey Awards are administered by an advisory committee of local theater professionals and theater-goers. Committee members are:

  • Evan Almeroth - Disciplined Growth Investors
  • Sha Cage - Actress
  • Fran Davis - Guthrie Theater Board Member
  • Emily Gunyou-Halaas - Actress
  • Dick Hall - J.P. Morgan
  • Todd Hartman - Best Buy
  • Scott Mayer - MAYER
  • Tyler Michaels - Actor
  • Kim Motes - Children's Theatre Company
  • Amy Newton - Arts ink, Inc.
  • Michael Robins - Illusion Theater
  • Mikell Sapp - Actor
  • Danielle St.Germain-Gordon - Guthrie Theater
  • David Stillman - Free the Children
  • Ricardo Vazquez - Actor
  • Sally Wingert - Actress

2016 Ivey Awards Show

This year's show was directed by Joe Chvala, Ivey-honored choreographer, director, writer, composer and performer. Hosts included the Star Tribune's 2016 Best Actor Mark Benninghofen and returning co-host Regina Marie Williams, award-winning actor/singer extraordinaire.

Entertainment Line-Up:

  • "On My Way" from Violet by Yellow Tree Theatre
  • Scene from I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers by Candid Theater Company
  • "Goodbye My Dear" from June by Savage Umbrella
  • "Stick Dance" from Nina Simone: Four Women by Park Square Theatre
  • Excerpt from Transatlantic Love Affair's Emilie/Eurydice by Illusion Theater
  • Scene from And So It Goes by Dark and Stormy Productions
  • Scene from Equus by Theatre Coup D'Etat
  • "Rockey Mountain High" from Country Roads: The Music of John Denver by Plymouth Playhouse
  • Song from So Blue by The Urban Spectrum Theatre Company
  • "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" from Gypsy by Theater Latte Da
  • Old Log Theater's Million Dollar Quartet band will entertain guests at the VIP reception before the awards ceremony