UW-Green Bay Theatre & Dance hires Alan Kopischke as Assistant Professor

Lecturer Alan Kopischke, left, gives feedback to a Theatre student after their monologue during Audition Techniques for the Actor class at the Weidner Center's Jean Weidner Theatre on Dec. 7, 2022. UW-Green Bay, Sue Pischke University Photographer

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre & Dance is pleased to announce that, following a nation-wide search, Alan Kopischke from Fish Creek, WI has been hired as an Assistant Professor. Kopischke has taught Theatre and Arts Management classes at UWGB for the past six and a half years, most recently as an Associate Lecturer. In addition, he has directed several productions for UWGB including Julius Caesar and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Kopischke earned a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Miami as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Acting at the American Conservatory Theater. Kopischke also holds a Certificate in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management from Harvard Business School. Kopischke previously taught theatre at St. Norbert College, First Stage and the American Conservatory Theater.

Kopischke’s experience is both expansive and impressive. He has a decades-long career as a professional actor, appearing in network prime-time television like Walker, Texas Ranger, and feature films like Just Visiting and Feed the Fish. Kopischke’s stage career includes theatre companies across the country, including Steppenwolf in Chicago, American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Kopischke has also performed locally with Theatre Z, Third Avenue PlayWorks and Peninsula Players. In June, he will be taking on the role of André in The Father by Christopher Hampton with Theatre Z, a role which was played by Anthony Hopkins in a recent film adaptation.

Offstage, Kopischke was Executive Director of Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Development Director for Peninsula Players, Production Manager at Door Community Auditorium, and the Project Manager for Milwaukee’s Audience Development Initiative. He also produces the Door Kinetic Arts Festival, a collaborative, multi-arts, new work development festival.

A staunch advocate for the arts, Kopischke serves on the State of Wisconsin’s Joint Effort Marketing Grant Review Panel for the Department of Tourism. Additionally, he currently serves on the boards of Theatre Z, Door Kinetic Arts, Bay Area Arts & Culture Alliance and has previously served as president of the boards of Third Avenue PlayWorks, Knock Publishing, The School Factory, and in various capacities for Sturgeon Bay Rotary, Peninsula Arts & Humanities Alliance, Destination Door County, Open Door Pride, and many more.

Kopischke has been married to Kärin Kopischke, a Lecturer and Costume Designer at Lawrence University, for thirty-seven years. They have two children, Art, a performance and theatre artist in Queens, NY and Simon, a math and computer science student at New Mexico Tech. Beginning with the Fall 2023 semester, Kopischke will teach classes in Acting, Improv, and begin to build courses at UW-Green Bay focusing on Acting for Film/Television.

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