Creator/Host – Kelli Strickland
Kelli Strickland currently serves as the Executive and Artistic Director of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. She is an arts leader with a solid track record in management, staff oversight, board development, fundraising, and partnership building across sectors. She has twenty years experience as an arts educator and consultant in program development, program evaluation, arts learning assessment and project fundraising. She is a proud member of the international cohort of the CEO program at National Arts Strategies, “a 50-member body of leaders who are pushing forward along new paths, tackling the big questions facing their communities and the field in order to create change.” In 2013, she completed the Executive Fellowship for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Prior to her arrival in Green Bay, Kelli served as the Executive Director of two critical and audience favorite Chicago theatres, The Hypocrites and Raven Theatre. In addition to her work in the arts not for profit sector, Strickland was on faculty at Loyola University Chicago in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts for seventeen years. She currently sits on the board of directors for Raven Theatre and The Yard and has served on the board of directors for the League of Chicago Theatres. Her writing has appeared in American Theatre Magazine, Theatre History Studies, The David Mamet Review, Performink and she is a frequent panelist on the topics of Women in the Arts, Millennial Audiences and Capacity Building. You can hear Kelli chat with arts and culture makers in Northeast Wisconsin on her podcast Bird In The Wings wherever you listen to podcasts.
Producer/Editor – Troy Williams
Troy Williams is a Development & Marketing Assistant at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to producing/editing Bird In The Wings, he also Co-Created and Co-Hosts the Weidner YouTube series, What’s the Weidner Tea? #WWT, which he also writes, produces, and edits. Troy also worked as a Public Relations intern prior to becoming official Weidner staff. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, emphasizing in Mass Media, and Journalism, from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, with an additional Minor in Women’s & Gender Studies.
In addition to work and studies, Troy is also a life-long creative, performer and aspiring writer. During his last semester at UW-Green Bay he wrote a novel, a deep-dive character study about the fragility of mentality, which he hopes to one day have on book shelves across the country.
Producer/Editor – Hannah Jobrack
Hannah is originally from Stockton, CA. Before coming to UW-Green Bay, Hannah was given the opportunity to earn her Associate of Arts degree at Louisburg College in North Carolina. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of the Drama Club, Ethics Bowl (debate) Team, Honors Program, National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Kappa Delta, and Phi Theta Kappa.
Above all else, she considers herself a performer. Her most fond memory onstage is playing the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Now working as a marketing specialist at the Weidner Center, Hannah is a senior at UWGB majoring in Communication. She is definitely a longtime lover of the arts—singing since age two and performing onstage since age five. She decided to combine her love for art and her academic knowledge by working in PR at the Weidner. She hopes to one day perform in a Broadway musical and travel the world with her mom and brother.
Phoenix Studios Producer – Kate Farley
Kate Farley is the producer for the Phoenix Studios podcast network, and an Instructional Technologist who works in The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning where she helps instructors build projects and assignments that thoughtfully integrate technology. She specializes in digital and public pedagogy, and is a ’13 graduate of UW-Green Bay’s English and Humanities programs.