Nancy Stiles beign presented with the Chancellor's Award

Campus mourns passing of Nancy Stiles

Nancy Stiles being honored with a Chancellor's Award, 2005
Nancy Stiles
Chancellor’s Award, 2005

UW-Green Bay learned today of the passing of Nancy (Gochnauer) Stiles, a long-time supporter and advocate of UW-Green Bay, particularly the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and the UW-Green Bay Theatre program. Nancy and her late husband Stuart became active in the Founders Association in the 1970s. Nancy was a committed and enthusiastic supporter of the Weidner Center since its planning stages. She was intimately involved with the design of the Weidner Center, and along with longtime friend David Cofrin, and others, regarded and treated the beautiful venue as a community treasure. She was named to the initial eight-member steering committee for the Weidner Center and served on the campaign committee. She headed the seat campaign that began in 1989. When the Weidner Center opened in January of 1993, she was a member of the executive committee and advisory council. Nancy received UW-Green Bay’s Chancellor’s Award in 2005 — the highest honor bestowed to a friend of the University. Stuart received the award in 1986.

Nancy Stiles serving on the Weidner Center steering committee
Nancy Stiles and David Cofrin discussing plans for the Weidner Center.

 

Nancy Stiles at the groundbreaking of the original Weidner Center construction.
Nancy Stiles with Chancellor David Outcalt at the groundbreaking of the original Weidner Center construction.

 

“The Green Bay community and the University, in particular, has lost a great and valuable friend with the passing of Nancy Stiles,” Chancellor Gary L. Miller said Friday. “Nancy was a community-involved individual, to say the least. The University was fortunate to have her attention and her love. The impact of her passing will be felt everywhere in northeast Wisconsin. We offer condolences to Nancy’s family as we celebrate her life.”

Nancy and Stuart made their home in Green Bay and Dunedin, Florida. Newcomer Funeral Home is helping the family with plans to honor the life of Nancy on Tuesday, July 26, at First United Methodist Church, Green Bay. The family has expressed that memorial contributions be made to the Weidner Center, as well as Bellin College of Nursing and Unity Hospice.

“I’m confident that Mrs. Stiles would be pleased to know that her many friends can honor her memory and a life well lived with gifts to the Weidner Center,” Chancellor Miller said. “Her theatrical interests were many and the Weidner Center remained at the center of them throughout her life.”

 

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Playwright’s final product influenced by faculty, students here

In writing and directing “The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway,” visiting artist Peter Ullian is celebrating his collaboration with UW-Green Bay students and faculty on finishing a script he had started previously. “The student actors were essential to the development of the play,” Ullian says, adding that he wanted to write a play with characters approximately the same age as the student actors at UW-Green Bay. He resisted the temptation to set the action in his own college years — although one character does have sort of a 1980s sensibility — and instead chose a voice closer to the millennial-generation students who will give “Pawtuckaway” its first fully staged performance. Ullian’s residency was made possible by the Forward Phoenix Play Project supported through private donations by the First Nighters theatre support organization.

New play ‘Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway’ debuts at UW-Green Bay

New play debuts at UW-Green Bay“The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway,” a newly created play by New York playwright Peter Ullian, will enjoy its premiere performance Friday night, April 24, at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The five-show run also includes performances Saturday, April 25, and Thursday through Saturday, April 30-May 2. Curtain time is 7:30 each night in the University Theatre, located in Theatre Hall on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Ullian has spent the spring semester as artist in residence at UW-Green Bay with the Theatre and Dance academic program. He collaborated with students and faculty in finishing a script he had started previously.

“The student actors were essential to the development of the play,” Ullian says, who is the production’s director. “The details have grown and deepened thanks to the input of the young men and women playing the parts, as well as those on the production team.”

“The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway” is described as a comedy-drama about identity and the nature of love. It tells the story of a group of college friends who gather for a Fourth of July weekend at a secluded lake house.

The host, Honoré, chose the date because she wanted company as she marks the one-year anniversary of the loss of her spouse, Sammie, whose mysterious disappearance was believed to be a swimming accident. One of the friends, Delia, is writing a screenplay and cajoling her friends to play parts written for them in a movie she hopes to record and edit on her iPhone, and another, Lindsey, can’t understand why the others are upset she has brought her boyfriend, who happens to make great sandwiches. The very nature of reality is brought into question when Honoré reveals she has experienced a supernatural encounter, and when unexpected visitors bring startling revelations.

Peter Ullian
Peter Ullian
Ullian says he wanted to write a play with characters approximately the same age as the student actors at UW-Green Bay.



“In both professional and academic theatre settings, we often have actors playing characters much older or much younger than they really are,” Ullian says, and that’s fine, “but sometimes it’s nice when actor and character provide a closer fit, and it creates that authenticity.”

He resisted the temptation to set the action in his own college years — although one character does have sort of a 1980s sensibility — and instead chose a voice closer to the millennial-generation students who will perform the play at UW-Green Bay.

“I have my own set of references that undoubtedly date me, but I’m bombarded by the same media onslaught that my students are,” Ullian says, “so Taylor Swift and Yoko Ono have become part of one big smorgasbord of pop culture we all share.”

Ullian’s residency was made possible by the Forward Phoenix Play Project supported through private donations by the UW-Green Bay First Nighters theatre support organization. Prof. Laura Riddle, chair of the academic program and managing director of Theatre, says the experience has given students a window into the creative process and the opportunity to work under the direction of a playwright/director. Additionally, students took part in staged readings of two other new works by Ullian, “Fair City” and “Pan American.”

A member of The Dramatists Guild, Ullian’s work includes the book for the musical, “Flight of the Lawnchair Man,” directed by Hal Prince and nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play. His play “Big Bossman” has just been published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

The ensemble student cast at UW-Green Bay for “The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway” features Stephanie Frank as Honoré, Kate Akerboom as Delia, Ashley Wisneski as Allie, Katelyn Kluever as Lindsey, Cherran Dea Rasmovicz as Pippa, Daniel Taddy as Rand, Andrew Delaurelle as Baz, and Emily Ahrens in multiple roles as Sammie/Caitlin/Jocelyn. Student Elizabeth Kierin Barlament is the set designer.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and youth. Order online at www.uwgb.edu/tickets or by calling (920) 465-2400 or (800) 328-tkts. More information about UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance is available at www.uwgb.edu/theatre/.

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A Campaign (and Big Thermometer) Update

As of Tuesday morning, over 30 percent of eligible employees on campus had made a gift to the 2010-11 Faculty and Staff Campaign. While that figure surpasses the total from two years ago, it’s still short of the 62 percent reached last year and way short of the goal of 67 percent this year. To see how your team is doing thus far, track the overall campus participation rate, and to make your gift, feel free to visit www.uwgb.edu/giving/faculty-staff/.



Donate to the Phoenix Fund or Theatre First Nighters? That counts, too!

Shane Kohl, director of development, sends a reminder that, as this is an all-encompassing Faculty and Staff Campaign, contributions to the Phoenix Fund and Theatre First Nighters group made this fiscal year do count toward the overall participation total. To make your gift, www.uwgb.edu/giving/faculty-staff/. 


Remembering Bernie Killoran

Sally and Bernie Killoran
Sally and Bernie Killoran

Word has been received that longtime UW-Green Bay friend and advocate Bernard O. Killoran passed away over the weekend.

For the past 25 years, Bernie, along with his wife, Sally, were passionate supporters of the Founders Association, Phoenix Fund, Theatre First Nighters, Weidner Center and the Phuture Phoenix program.

Former K-12 educators, Bernie and Sally chose to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2006 by creating the Sally and Bernie Killoran Education Scholarship to benefit students in the UW-Green Bay Education program who were doing outstanding work both in the classroom and in the community. In recognition of their support, Bernie and Sally received the University’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, in December of 2005.

There will be a full obituary in the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Spring break in the Big Apple

Group Leader Jeff Entwistle and Seasoned Intrepid Guides Donna Entwistle and Linda Parins (are those really their official titles) are leading 37 others to New York City for the “UWGB meets NYC Intensive Theatre Trip.”  As usual, Prof. Entwistle has two dozen students on the trip but this year there are also a number of Theatre First Nighters and Theatre Supporters joining in the experience. From Tuesday (March 16) through Sunday (March 21) they’ll be seeing six shows in five days.  They’ll also visit MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) for a special Tim Burton Exhibit, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Little Italy and Chinatown and much more in the city that never sleeps. (Jeff indicates they’ll need either another week of spring break to recover from this spring break, or maybe some concentrated furlough time, but they set off with high-energy hopes of seeing everything on their list.) We’ll share photos when we get some.