Welcome to Tom Milligan

Welcome to Tom Milligan

Welcome to Tom MilliganWelcome to Tom MilliganWelcome to Tom Milligan

About Tom

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Hello!

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.

In 2014, my wife, Deb Kennedy, and I realized entertainment needs were  changing; therefore we established TKM PRODUCTIONS. Our mission is to provide affordable entertainment that is as individual and unique as you. Whether you are planning a corporate event, or a family gathering, we can provide entertainment designed for your needs. Options range from dinner theatre productions, comedies, live music, or children's plays and workshops.  

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Tom Milligan and 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" If you would like to book one of these presentations for your corporation, or non-profit group, you can do so at https://www.humanitiesiowa.org/speakers-bureau

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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 national 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!

Photo: Tom as "Ding" at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel, FL PC: Deb Kennedy

Events & Testimonials

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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.

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!"


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



Upcoming Events


February 12, 2020  -- TBD

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge

Sanibel Island, FL


March 26, 2020 -Postponed - TBD

GRANT WOOD: Prairie Rebel

Elkader Public Library

130 N. Main Street

Elkader, IA 52043


April 22, 2020 -- 6:00 PM

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Central Presbyterian Church

3829 Grand Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50312


April 28, 2020 -- Postponed - TBD

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Adel Public Library

303 S.10th St.

Adel, IA 50003


April 30, 2020 -- 6:30 PM

AMERICAN DREAMER: Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace

Stuart Public Library

111 E. Front Street

Stuart, IA 50250


May 5, 2020 -- 6:00 PM

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

The Hudson Public Library

401 5th St. 

Hudson, IA 50643


May 12, 2020  --6:30

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Prairie Rapids Audubon Society

First Presbyterian Church

902 Main Street 

Cedar Falls, IA 50613


May 19, 2020 -- 6:30 PM

GRANT WOOD: Prairie Rebel

Terrace Hill Partnership

2300 Grand Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50312


May 20, 2020 -- 7:00 PM

GRANT WOOD: Prairie Rebel

Country Life Center

2773 290th St.

Orient, IA 50858


August 4, 2020 -- 12:00 PM

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

Friends of Maquoketa Caves

Clinton Engines Museum

605 E. Maple St. 

Maquoketa, IA 52060


October 10, 2020 -- 10:00 AM

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

Des Moines History Society

Location - TBD


October 10, 2020 -- 1:30 PM

CARTOONS & CONSERVATION: A Visit With Ding Darling

Iowa Questers

3700 Cottage Grove

Des Moines, IA 50311


November 19, 2020 -- 6:30 PM

GRANT WOOD: Prairie Rebel

Ely Public Library

1595 Dows Street

Ely, IA 52227




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