It’s been a week of honors and acknowledgement in the Minnesota arts community.
On Monday night, the Ivey Awards, the annual celebration of Twin Cities theater, brought glitz, glamour and local thespian star power to the State Theater in Minneapolis.
On Wednesday night, members of the dance scene trained a spotlight on their best and brightest in 2009, with the fifth annual Sage Awards (named after dancer, choreographer and philanthropist Sage Cowles) at the Walker Art Center’s McGuire Theater.
Both ceremonies are designed to tone down competition — there are no pre-established categories and awards are decided by peer panels rather than independent judges.
A hearty congratulations to the winners!
Jennifer and Christina Baldwin—Outstanding singing and acting in “Sister Stories,” by Nautilus Music Theater
Greta Olgesby—Outstanding performance in Tony Kushner’s “Caroline, Or Change” at the Guthrie Theater
Luverne Seifert—Outstanding performance in “800 Words, The Transmigration of Philip K. Dick,” by Workhaus Theater Collective
Sonja Parks—Outstanding performance in the one-woman show, “No Child,” at Pillsbury House Theatre
The Youth Performance Company—Civil rights musical “Little Rock, 1957″
Greg Banks—Oustanding direction in “Romeo and Juliet,” by the Childrens Theatre Company
Chris Griffith—Oustanding prop design in “Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins,” by the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
Sean Healy—Oustanding sound design in “Shipwrecked,” by the Jungle Theater
The History Theatre—Overall excellence for its production, “Tyrone and Ralph,” written by Jeffrey Hatcher
Theatre Latte Da–Overall excellence for its production, “Old Wicked Songs”
Emily Gunyou Halaas—Emerging Artist award
Dudley Riggs—Lifetime Achievement award
Tary Griggs—Outstanding Performer award
Kristin Van Loon—Outstanding Performer award
Tamara Ober—Outstanding Performer award
John Munger—Outstanding Performance award for “Lord Cutglass”
Hijack—Outstanding Performance award for “O.M.G. P,Y.T.M.K.”
Chris Yon—Outstanding Performance award for “The Infinite Multiverse”
John Koch, Vanessa Voskull, David Mehrer—Technical award for lighting, prop and video design in “En Masse”
Karen Sherman, Jeremy Wilhelm—Technical award for set design in “Copperhead”
Jane Shockley—Recognized for her contributions to dance education as a founding member of Zenon Dance Company
Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, DeLaSouljah Steppers–Special citation
Sachiko Nishiuchi—People’s Choice award for work with Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre