After a disrupted 2020 season, Frank Hermans ready for return to stages, looks back on two decades of Let Me Be Frank Productions | Green Bay Press-Gazette

During a January show at the Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center, UW-Green Bay alumnus Frank Hermans, the owner of Let Me Be Frank Productions, introduced the band. It was one of the first shows allowed since the pandemic and capacity was limited to scattered groups around the theater. The band, he said, hadn’t seen a paycheck in almost a year. For this show, a Frank’s Tribute performance, each member was getting paid $25.

He had majored in theater at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and was already making a mark in the community as a performer.

Source: After a disrupted 2020 season, Frank Hermans ready for return to stages, looks back on two decades of Let Me Be Frank Productions | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Students answer the call of challenges in ‘Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992’ | WFRV

The production comes with all kinds of disclaimers about perspectives, philosophies and profanities. “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992”(review) is about the infamous police beating of Rodney King and the deadly riots that erupted following an acquittal.

Right afterward, playwright Anna Deavere Smith interviewed hundreds of people and shaped a play based on responses by everyone from a congresswoman to perpetrators. UWGB Theatre’s online production is extraordinary for its scale and complexities.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Students answer the call of challenges in ‘Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992’ | WFRV

UW-Green Bay Theatre seeks to create social awareness, hope with production | The Daily News

Originally performed by the author as a solo show, the UW-Green Bay production of “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” will be performed by 10 actors portraying multiple roles. The cast is diverse and the characters they inhabit do not always match their gender or ethnicity. Director Alan Kopischke acknowledges this may be “uncomfortable, seeing (especially white) actors taking on dialects/mannerisms/speech patterns of traditionally marginalized and oppressed people.”

Source: UW-Green Bay Theatre seeks to create social awareness, hope with production | The Daily News

UW-Green Bay Theatre Seeks to Create Social Awareness & Hope with Theater Production | Seehafer News

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre’s latest production, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, explores the riots that erupted when the police officers charged in the 1991 violent beating of Rodney King were acquitted.

Source: UW-Green Bay Theatre Seeks to Create Social Awareness & Hope with Theater Production | Seehafer News

UW-Green Bay Musical Theatre Graduate in Upcoming Virtual Production

Alumna Alyssa Hannam (Graduated Fall of 2021) will now star in a locally filmed production of “Gruesome Playground Injuries” by Rajiv Joseph produced by the Whitewater Arts Alliance. Hannam plays Kayleen in this not-so-typical love story: Doug and Kayleen meet at the nurse’s office in their elementary school; she’s got a painful stomach ache, and he’s all banged up from a running dive off the roof of the school. Over the next thirty years, these star-crossed lovers meet again and again, brought together by injury, heartbreak, and their own self-destructive tendencies. With great compassion and humor, playwright Rajiv Joseph (Broadway’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) crafts a compelling and unconventional love story about the intimacy between two people when they allow their defenses to drop and their wounds to show. Directed by Matt Denney, Hannam has noted this to be one of her dream roles to play and has enjoyed rehearsing virtually and the process of discovery that has come with building the tight-knit community within rehearsals. The production also stars local Appleton, WI actor Johnathon Krautkramer and will be digitally available on April 24 and 25 from 5 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can and all proceeds will go towards the Whitewater Arts Alliance.

Purchase a ticket here!

CAHSS and Effect upcoming events from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Please consider tuning into these CAHSS and Effect events:

Philosophers Café
October 14 @ 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Emily Ransom returns to the Café to explore what may be gained or lost in a holistic approach to education and cultural engagement. 

Curiosity by CAHSS LIVE
October 14 @ 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Alan Chu (Assistant Professor, Psychology and Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology), Rebecca Nesvet (Associate Professor, English), Jennifer Young (Associate Professor, English), Chris Williams (Associate Professor, English) are all part of this presentation.

Next up for COMMON CAHSS: Beyond Sustainability
The Civil Rights Movement meets the Environmental Movement: How we can advocate for Environmental Justice

October 22 @ 4 to 5 p.m.
Elizabeth Wheat is an associate professor in Public and Environmental Affairs, Political Science, Environmental Science, and Policy. She will be speaking about traditional environmental and sustainability challenges and start addressing the core issues of racism that magnify existing environmental problems.

More from CAHSS and Effect, including live events, podcast, news and more including senior Theatre major Faith Klick performing “All Falls Down” from the musical Chaplin.

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.

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Coronavirus: UW-Green Bay, Marinette campus-community theater adjusting | WFRV

The coronavirus is affecting the 54th season of Theatre on the Bay and its associated University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Children’s Theatre. Seven titles had been listed at the close of last season. They are on hold.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Coronavirus: Marinette campus-community theater adjusting | WFRV

Profs. Yadav and Van Slooten named UW System Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program participant

The University of Wisconsin System announced the selection of the 2021–2022 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program participants. Among them was UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Dinesh Yadav (Theatre) and Associate Prof. Jessica Van Slooten (English).

The program provides UW faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System and from various disciplines. In addition to discussing influential literature, participants are guided through systematic research focused on improving student learning through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project, the 20th year of using this format.

Program participants come from all of the System’s 13 universities with the exception of UW-Madison, and with one participant from UW Extended Campus. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the year-long program that usually begins in May will be postponed until Spring 2021. These 26 interdisciplinary faculty and lecturers, however, will meet this summer in an interim online Community of Practice, which will include a review of online instruction amid the pandemic.

The program and summer session will be co-directed and facilitated by Heather Pelzel, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at UW-Whitewater, and Alison Staudinger, Associate Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Political Science at UW-Green Bay. Both are alumni of the program.

The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program is one of three programs offered by the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID). OPID supports UW System’s 13 Centers for Teaching and Learning in fostering a culture of teaching and learning excellence in Wisconsin. Together they offer professional development programs that ensure student learning in face-to-face, online, and blended learning environments. Fay Akindes is OPID Director.

All three of OPID’s programs – Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning, Faculty College, and Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars – have been postponed until Spring 2021.

The 2021–2022 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars are:

  • Amy Lane, UW Extended Campus, Instructional Design
  • Bryan Brown, UW-Eau Claire, Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Matt Evans, UW-Eau Claire, Physics and Astronomy
  • Dinesh Yadav, UW-Green Bay, Theatre
  • Jessica Van Slooten, UW-Green Bay, English, Writing Foundations, Women’s & Gender Studies
  • Hongying Xu, UW-La Crosse, Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Pedagogy
  • Rebekah Fowler, UW-La Crosse, Literature
  • Ali Gattoni, UW-Milwaukee, Communication
  • Sarah Riforgiate, UW-Milwaukee, Communication
  • Ashay Desai, UW Oshkosh, Management
  • Don Hones, UW Oshkosh, Second Language Education/Multicultural Education
  • Ekundayo Akinlade, UW-Parkside, Management and Human Resources
  • Misti Bradford, UW-Parkside, Costume Design
  • Andrey Ivanov, UW-Platteville, History
  • Chelsea Lancelle, UW-Platteville, Geology
  • Tyler Ostergaard, UW-Platteville, Art History
  • Bidhan Roy, UW-Platteville, Mechanical Engineering
  • Desiree Wiesen-Martin, UW-River Falls, Criminology
  • Greg Kerkvliet, UW-River Falls, Rhetoric and Composition
  • Steven Johnson , UW-Stevens Point, Physical Therapy
  • Keith Gilland, UW-Stout, Ecology/Environmental Science
  • Leni Marshall, UW-Stout, Composition, Literature, and Intercultural Agility
  • Nicholle Schuelke, UW-Superior, Education
  • Praopan Pratoomchat, UW-Superior, Economics
  • Ken Brosky, UW-Whitewater, English
  • Nadine Kriska, UW-Whitewater, Biology

Scholarship application for undergraduate students in the field of entertainment due June 4

To encourage diversity in the live event design community, Live Design International (LDI), in partnership with TSDCA and USITT, announces the second annual Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarships for undergraduate students. To support the underrepresented and unique voices in the field of entertainment, this scholarship is funded by LDI and awards $5,000 per student.

Students enrolled in lighting design, digital media and projection design, and sound design programs on an undergraduate level, as well as high school seniors who have already been accepted to an undergraduate college or university design program, are eligible to apply online for the $5,000 scholarship. Applications are due on June 4, 2020.

Apply here!