And the winner is…

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Some of the winners from previous Ivey Awards, an event which gives Twin Cities theater companies an opportunity to celebrate their achievements.

How do you make sure the top honoree of your awards ceremony shows up?

Ask her to host the event.

The Twin Cities theater community honored actor Wendy Lehr tonight at the Ivey Awards with its highest accolade: the Lifetime Achievement Award. Lehr also served as co-host for the evening with longtime friend Bain Boehlke, Artistic Director of the Jungle Theater.

Lehr is having an exceptional year; just recently the Lowry Theater in downtown St. Paul was renamed the Lehr Theater in her honor. The re-naming was in recognition for her years at the helm of the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.

Lehr is currently starring in The Glass Menagerie at the Jungle Theater.

Other awards were as follows:

Emerging Artist: Costumer Kalere Payton

Individual recognition for exceptional work:

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)

Outstanding Productions:

Mary’s Wedding by the Jungle Theater

Ruined by Mixed Blood Theatre

Othello by Ten Thousand Things Theater

The Ivey Awards recognize achievements in the Twin Cities theater scene for the past year. The awards are based on evaluations completed by the general public and more than 150 volunteer theater evaluators who saw more than 1000 performances in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area from September 2009 through August 2010.

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