The Weidner Center is laying off half of its full-time staff, as the performing arts center, like others around the country, waits out the indefinite halt to touring entertainment caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
For the 27-year-old Weidner Center, the layoffs are about maintaining the financial health of a world-class venue and best positioning it for the return of live performances, said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander.
“We have to do this to make sure the Weidner Center can go forward and be a really strong community resource in the future. It’s not because we’re pulling back at all on our commitment to the Weidner or its role in Green Bay or the region,” he said. “We recognize for sure what a community resource the Weidner is and the history of it. We don’t take that lightly.”