Welcome to Tom Milligan

About Tom

Hello!

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I have been a working theatrical professional for the past 45 years, working as an actor, director, scene designer, producer, and writer. Originally from Des Moines, companies credited to my resume include Charlie's Showplace Dinner Theatre, The Drake Opera, The Drama Workshop, The Old Creamery Theatre, The Iowa Theatre Artists Company, as well as many other arts groups around the state.

Humanities Iowa

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I joined Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau 18 years ago with my one man show "GRANT WOOD: Prairie Rebel". Since then, I have added two more offerings -- "American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace", and most recently, "The Art of conservation: A Visit with Ding Darling"

In 2016, Humanities Iowa partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to appoint Tom to write and produce a show about Pulitzer Prize winner and conservationist, Jay N. D'ing Darling. This one act play was premiered at the 2016 Iowa State Fair, and has been in great demand ever since!

TKM Productions

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In 2014, my wife, Deb Kennedy, and I realized entertainment needs were growing and changing, and from those new and modern day needs, we established TKM PRODUCTIONS. Our goal is to provide entertainment that is as individual and unique as you. Whether you are planning a corporate event, or a family gathering, we can provide entertainment custom designed for your needs. Offerings range from dinner theatre productions, something light and funny, or something serious and thought provoking,  live music, children's plays and workshops. Let us know your needs and preferences!

Events & Testimonials

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The Art of Conservation: A Visit with Ding Darling

In this hour long presentation, Jay N. "Ding" Darling visits with the audience in his 11th floor office at The Des Moines Register. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City, where he became aware of the natural world around him, as well as his developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he reflects upon his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include 2 Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoons for The Register, and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of The Duck Stamp to the creation of the Natiional Wildlife Federation, Darling's influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influencial members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today. 

Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel

Grant Wood chats with the audience in this 45 minute, one man show, as if talking to an old friend across the backyard fence, or maybe at his home at Five Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids. He tells us about his life and how he changed the art world forever with his work. It is the man behind American Gothic that we hear and see, and the story of how he took the moments, the memories, and the people of our state, and showed the whole world the specialness of this place, Iowa. After the presentation, the audience is encouraged to ask questions about Grant Wood and his life. 

American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace

In this one act play based on the award-winning book of the same name by Senator John C. Culver and John Hyde, Tom portrays Henry A Wallace, the agricultural innovator and founder of Pioneer Hi-Bred Seed Corn Company, who also became US Secretary of Agriculture, and later Vice President under Franklin Roosevelt. Admired by many and later branded as a Socialist during his controversial 1948 campaign for the presidency, Wallace always held out a vision for the future.

Testimonals

"His passion for both history and theatre is very evident during his presentations!"

"I learned more today from Tom's portrayal and performance than I did from any history class!"

"Outstanding. Professional. Captivating."

"Tom was very easy to work with, and very knowledgeable about his character. I loved talking to him after his performance."

"If you ever get a chance to hear Tom -- GO! You will be inspired!!! I was! I highly recommend it!"



Upcoming Events


December 4, 2018 -- 7:30 PM 

The Art of Conservation: A Visit With Ding Darling

Oaknoll Retirement Center Community

1 Oaknoll Court

Iowa City, IA 52246


December 5, 2018 -- 12:00 PM

The Art of Conservation: A Visit With Ding Darling

Cedar Rapids West Rotary

555 12th Ave SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401


February 17, 2019 -- 2:00 PM

AMERICAN DREAMER: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace

Washington HS

1111 S B Ave

Washington, IA 52353


March 2, 2019 -- 7:00 PM

The Art of Conservation: A Visit With Ding Darling

Fossil & Prairie Conservation Foundation

Floyd County Fairgrounds

2516  7 Mile Road

Charles City, IA 50616


March 6, 2019 -- 11:00 AM

THE ART OF CONSERVATION: A Visit with Ding Darling

Iowa Corn Growers Association

Forster Community Center

404 First Ave

Rock Rapids, IA 51246


March 7, 2019 -- 10:00 AM

THE ART OF CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Iowa Corn Growers Association

American Legion Hall

5624 460th St

Paullina, IA 51046


March 30, 2019 -- 2:00 PM

THE ART OF CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Northside Library

3516 5th Ave

Des Moines, IA 50313


April 2, 2019 -- 12:00 PM

GRANT WOOD: Prairie Rebel

Clinton Engines Museum

605 E. Maple St

Maquoketa, IA 52060


April 3, 2019 -- 7:00 PM

AMERICAN DREAMER: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace

Amboy Grange Hall

220 High Street

Kellogg, IA 50135


April 22, 2019 -- 7:00 PM

The Art of Conservation: A Visit With Ding Darling

Buchanan County Conservation Board

1883 125th St.

Hazleton, IA 50641


April 23, 2019 -- 11:00 AM

THE ART OF CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Clayton County Conservation

29862 Osborne Rd.

Elkader, IA 52043


May 6, 2019 -- 6:30 PM

The Art of Conservation: A Visit With Ding Darling

Council Bluffs Public Library

400 Willow Ave

Council Bluffs, IA 51503


May 14, 2019 -- TBA

THE ART OF CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Cape Girardeau CNC

2289 County Park Drive

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701


May 15, 2019 -- TBA

THE ART OF CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Runge CNC

330 Commerce Drive

Jefferson City, MO 65102


May 16, 2019 -- TBA

THE ART OF CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Powder Valley CNC

11715 Gragwold Rd.

Kirkwood, MO 63122


May 17, 2019 -- TBA

THE ART OF CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Springfield CNC

4601 S. Nature Center Way

Springfield, MO 65804


May 18, 2019 -- TBA

THE ART OF CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Discovery Center

438 E. St. Louis St. 

Springfield, MO 65806


September 19, 2019 -- 7:00 PM

The Art of Conservation: A Visit With Ding Darling

Big Creek Historical Society

112 Third St.

Polk City, IA 50226


October 20, 2019 -- 2:00 PM

THE ART OF CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

9981 Pacific St

Prairie City, IA 50228




Booking Deets

If you would like to book a presentation for your organization, contact me at least 2 months prior to your event, to make sure I am available for that date and for your location.

You can also do bookings thru Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau, and find more information at: www.humanitiesiowa.org

Hope to hear from you soon!


Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Have questions?

Don't hesitate to ask! I'd love to hear from you!

Tom Milligan --or-- TKM Productions

515-779-9775 or 319-899-3799