Welcome to Tom Milligan


About Tom



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


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, "CARTOONS & 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


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


CARTOONS & 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.


"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!"

"THANK YOU!!!....for all you do in delivering living history and conservation messages! Needed now more than ever!"

Upcoming Events

September 19, 2019 -- 7:00 PM

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Big Creek Historical Society

112 Third St.

Polk City, IA 50226

September 28, 2019 -- 2:30 PM

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Patuxent Research Refuge

National Wildlife Visitor Center Auditorium

10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop

 Laurel, MD 20708

October 7, 2019 -- 6:00 PM

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

Wallace Centers of Iowa

Country Life Center 

2773 290th St. 

Orient, IA 50858

October 20, 2019 -- 2:00 PM

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION : A Visit With Ding Darling

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

9981 Pacific St

Prairie City, IA 5022

October 23, 2019 -- 11:00 AM

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Lake Darling State Park

111 Lake Darling Rd. 

Brighton, IA 52540

November 14, 2019 -- 6:30 PM

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Williamsburg Public Library

300 W. State St. 

Williamsburg, IA 52361-0048

January 28, 2020 -- 10:00 AM

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Ottumwa Public Library

Knights of Columbus Hall

123 3rd Street West

Ottumwa, IA 52501

February 12, 2020  -- TBA

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge

Sanibel Island, FL

March 26th, 2020 -- 6:00 PM

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Elkader Public Library

130 N. Main Street

Elkader, IA 52043

April 7, 2020 -- 12:00 PM

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

Friends of Maquoketa Cares

Clinton Engines Museum

605 E. Maple St. 

Maquoketa, IA 52060

April 18, 2020 -- 1:30 PM

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Iowa Questers

3700 Cottage Grove

Des Moines, IA 50311

May 5, 2020 -- 6:00 PM

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Hudson Public Library

401 5th St.

Hudson, IA 50643

May 12, 2020  --TBA

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Prairie Rapids Audubon Society

First Presbyterian Church

902 Main Street

Cedar Falls, IA 50704

May 19th, 2020 -- 6:30 PM

GRANT WOOD: Prairie Rebel

Terrace Hill Partnership

Terrace Hill - Governor's Mansion

2300 Grand Ave

Des Moines, IA 50312

Stay tuned for more upcoming events!

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