UW-Green Bay junior Autumn Rettke was ‘blown away’ with online learning transition

Although UW-Green Bay is intending to be open in fall and welcoming faculty, staff and students back on campus, some classes originally scheduled for in-person instruction will be moving online or having online aspects to them for the safety of the UW-Green Bay community. Current UW-Green Bay students who transitioned to online learning in Spring 2020 demonstrate that they are resilient problem-solvers and describe their experiences while providing some advice to future students…

Autumn Rettke is a junior majoring in English Education and minoring in Dance.

Autumn Rettke

“When the spring classes switched from in-person to online-only, I was very concerned about my Education and Dance courses, because the two focus on elements that are best learned through in-person observation. I was blown away with how well my professors maintained the personal element of these courses while remaining completely online. We participated in discussions, group work and peer edits, which helped uphold the feeling of community that comes along with in-person classes. All of my professors offered email check-ins, over-the-phone meetings and even Zoom office hours. I always felt that my professors were not only prepared but also genuinely invested in their students’ well-being.”


Join ‘Designers on Design,’ June 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Designers on Design is a series of webinars on design in theatre. Organized by UW-Green Bay Theatre & Dance, and supported by OISTAT, this series is host by Assistant Prof. Dinesh Yadav. Started on April 23, 2020, every Saturday, Yadav brings one designer from across the world to discuss her/his works, ideas, process or teaching of design in theatre.

Saturday June 20, 2020 Webinar Description:

Presenter: Deepan Sivaraman (India)

“This presentation will take you through my theatre language and the challenges I have faced in the process of establishing a language of visual theatre in a country where theatre is predominately textual and proscenium based.”

Deepan Sivaraman is a theatre director and scenographer based in Delhi. He is known for making large scale open air visual theatre in temporary built spaces. He showed his works worldwide and presently he is the Dean of School of Culture and Creative Expressions Ambedkar University Delhi.

‘Designers on Design’ begins May 23

Designers on Design is a weekly webinar on various design aspects of a theatrical performance by designers and design educators across the globe. From May 23 onwards, every Saturday at 8:30 a.m. CST, a designer will share his/her work, ideas, teaching and thoughts via online video conferencing with attendees on Zoom. Organized by UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Dinesh Yadav (Theatre and Dance), it is supported by UW-Green Bay and by OISTAT (Organisation Internationale des. Scénographes Techniciens et. Architectes de. Théâtre). This webinar is also available through live streaming and recordings at Theatre and Dance, UWGB Facebook page. See the Designers on Design.pdf.

Jeff Entwistle

The grand design of Professor Jeff Entwistle of UW-Green Bay, part 3

Editorial comment: Take your bow, Prof. Jeff Entwistle, and inhale the applause. Yours has been a four-star career.

Jeff EntwistleThe amazingly talented set designer will exit both stage and University on May 17, 2020, retiring after a 36-year career at UW-Green Bay (and three as an assistant prof. at Illinois State.). He leaves a long-lasting legacy at the University and hundreds upon hundreds of close friendships. He is loved. Most importantly, his ties to former students, colleagues and friends will continue to exist long after he cleans his office in Theatre Hall on the Green Bay Campus and waves goodbye to the stages just across hall and next door at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, of which he magically transformed through the years.

In spring 2018, Entwistle provided an inspiring Commencement speech that described why he stayed and made UW-Green Bay his home, when he could have taken his skills anywhere in the world…

“You are graduating from UW-Green Bay successfully. You have fulfilled your primary goal to leave this university on this day! I failed at that same goal almost 30 years ago and I have failed to leave year-after-year since. And it is all your fault…

Right about the time I should have been leaving UW-Green Bay with my tenure in hand, a group of my very first students, who had arrived the same year I did, walked across the stage at graduation and something happened to me. I was hooked, I was, in fact, inspired! I was inspired by their success. It was not only about the professional skills they had developed; I was inspired by the people they had become in those four or five years…” See his full speech.

UW-Green Bay will miss his faculty-led trips to New York… and productions will miss the behind-the-scences talent of his wife, Donna, who worked in UW-Green Bay’s costume shop for 13 years! His love for theatre was contagious, not only to theatre majors, but for those who had even a few moments in his presence… 

Bravo Prof. Entwistle.

The following: Entwistle talked with Critic at Large Warren Gerds in an extensive three-part series…

Jeff EntwistleGREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) What did the coronavirus COVID-19 do to your calendar? Everybody has an answer. That of Jeff Entwistle has layers. Speaking by telephone from his home, he started his two-hour interview with me with this: “When the cancellations began to happen, I was the final stages of our New York theater trip that I lead on spring break.”Jeff Entwistle is a theater professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and he has regularly led students and community members on show-packed, fact-packed excursions to The Great White Way.“I had already spent $40,000 out of the $49,000 budget from the people paying for their trip. The Wednesday before we were to leave—less than a week—all spring break trips got canceled, all classes.”

Jeff Entwistle talked about the role of theater at a university, answering this thought sequence: Universities have theater programs. Why do they have theater programs? What is it about theater? You head out in any direction from Green Bay—or anyplace—there’s a theater there. What is about theater?

“You can reach people’s souls,” Entwistle said. “You can reach into their hearts, into their minds. When you share stories and tell meaningful stories—like I remember some of the audience leaving ‘Play Nice.’ The audience was like, ‘What did we just see?’ But it makes you think. And one the things that—my god, I hope they were thinking after that show—was we were doing a play that was talking a lot about child abuse and what kind of things go on. It doesn’t come out in those words in the play, but we’ve got kids afraid of their mother because she’s going to punish them again kind of thing…”

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: The grand design of Professor Jeff Entwistle of UW-Green Bay, part 3

(See the rest of the interview, here.)

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: The grand design of Professor Jeff Entwistle of UW-Green Bay, part 1-2

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) Jeff Entwistle (Theatre and Dance) is reminiscing a lot these days. In two weeks, he retires from the faculty of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance, so thoughts of students and colleagues and shows and designs are rushing. This is the second part of a column that takes advantage of time available due to the coronavirus COVID-19. The first column is here. Today, we jump into the deep end of the pool with these career highlights offered by Jeff Entwistle during his 36 years as scenic designer in Green Bay area productions. Included are his personal notes. Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: The grand design of Professor Jeff Entwistle of UW-Green Bay, part 2

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: ‘This Random World’ explores meanings of being in Green Bay

Action moves as an interlocking puzzle in “This Random World (The Myth of Serendipity).” The trickiness is typical of playwright Steven Dietz, whose “Becky’s New Car” has been popular in this area. This time, Steven Dietz’s characters are weighing in on mortality. UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance has an excellent production of “This Random World (The Myth of Serendipity)” running for three more performances in Jean Weidner Theatre on campus. Director John Mariano has his cast honed in on the many angles of the pieces of the interlocking puzzle. Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘This Random World’ explores meanings of being in Green Bay

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Week ahead: Originality part of Northeastern Wisconsin theater scene

In Manitowoc, UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Theatre will present four performances of “Big Fish: The Musical” in University Theatre of Lakeside Hall on campus. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. March 5-7 and 2 p.m. In Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre will present its final performances of Steven Dietz’ “This Random World (The Myth of Serendipity)” in Jean Weidner Theatre at 7:30 p.m. March 4-7. In Green Bay, UW-Green Bay Music will present its Concert Choir and University Singers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, in Cofrin Family Hall of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus. In Manitowoc, the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble will feature music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in its “Winds of March” concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in Capitol Civic Centre. In Green Bay, UW-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series continues at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, with “Future/Primitive: Percussion & Technology” in Cofrin Family Hall of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus. In Green Bay, UW-Green Bay Music will present its Jazz Ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in University Theatre of Theatre Hall on campus. In Green Bay, Weidner Center for the Performing Artswill host Joe Bonamassa at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 12. Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Week ahead: Originality part of Northeastern Wisconsin theater scene

University Theatre at Manitowoc Campus to present Big Fish: The Musical | Seehafer News

The University Theatre at the Manitowoc Campus is opening Big Fish: The Musical this Thursday. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some. Source: University Theatre at UW-Green Bay Manitowoc to Present Big Fish: The Musical | Seehafer News