Michael Stebbins – Door Shakespeare in the Time of COVID

Featured

Season 3 of Bird in the Wings continues with an interview with Michael Stebbins, the Artistic Director of Door Shakespeare. Kelli and Michael discuss the process of programming live theatre in the time of COVID-19, which has completely reshaped how live performing arts operates, as well as upcoming virtual events from Door Shakespeare. Happy Listening

Upcoming Door Shakespeare Events:

Holidays on Ice, by David Sedaris                                                                    December 4, 5, 18, 19 at 7 pm • December 6 and 20 • at 5 pm

Reading of select essays from the David Sedaris classic. See More Info Here

Dream Upon Avon by John Kishline                                                                  December 11 and 12 at 7 pm • December 13 • at 5 pm

Virtual Reading. It is Christmas Eve at the Windmill Inn, Shakespeare’s favorite pub in Stratford-Upon-Avon. While the Bard quaffs his favorite beverage at his usual table, he encounters a series of visitors, each with an unrealized dream and unanswered questions. As things turn out, the Bard has some questions, too, for his visitors, as both playwright and guests discover the true meaning of Christmas. See More Info Here

The Door Shakespeare Reading Series is free and open to the public, with donations welcomed.

About Our Guest:
Michael Stebbins has appeared on regional stages across the country, from NYC [off-Broadway’s Mint Theatre Company and The Public Theater] to CA [Berkeley Repertory Theatre] and many states in-between. As a director, his work has been seen at summer stock, college and regional theatres. In 2005, after being based in NYC for 12 years, he was hired as the producing artistic director of Rep Stage, a regional theatre based in MD. While there he championed works of up-and-coming playwrights [Liz Duffy Adams, David Davalos, Will Eno, Stephen Karam] and also programmed long-forgotten chestnuts. Wisconsin credits include Chamber Theatre, Theatre Gigante’s “My Dear Othello,” “I Am My Own Wife,” and “Woyzeck.” Last summer he appeared in Optimist Theatre’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” In May/June of 2018, he will be featured in Skylight Music Theatre’s production of “Urinetown.” Michael received his BFA/MFA from UWM’s Professional Theatre Training Program. He is the recipient of a Helen Hayes Tribute Award for his work in the DC/MD/VA region, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

All episodes of Bird in the Wings streaming NOW

Listen on SoundCloud
Listen on iTunes
Listen on Stitcher
Listen on Google Play

 

 

Adam Gaines & John Salerno – Jazz Fest 50

UW-Green Bay’s Jazz Fest is turning 50! Bird in the Wings is celebrating with a deep dive in to the world of a working jazz musician in NE Wisconsin. UWGB Music Professors, Dr. Adam Gaines and Dr. John Salerno talk with Kelli about their paths to becoming teaching and performing artists. Happy Listening!

Learn more about Jazz Fest HERE

About Our Guests:
ADAM GAINES is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. In addition to teaching the trumpet studio, Dr. Gaines directs jazz ensembles, teaches jazz history courses and works with music technology. Dr. Gaines has performed as a soloist in his native Kentucky, throughout the U.S. and internationally. In the Green Bay area he can frequently be heard performing with Gypsy Trip and with Brass Differential. He holds degrees from the University of Louisville (Bachelor of Music, 1999) and Ball State University (Master of Music, 2001 and Doctor of Arts, 2005). Dr. Gaines frequently travels to Slovakia and the Czech Republic to perform and to spend time with his wife Ladislava’s family.

JOHN SALERNO teaches saxophone, composition, jazz ensemble and other jazz related classes. Under his direction, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble has performed at both the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals in Europe. As a saxophonist he has worked with a variety of notable groups and artists including The Spinners, The Jacksons, Engelbert Humperdinck, Roberta Flack, Joe Williams and many others. Dr. Salerno is a published composer and arranger, and has written works for a variety of styles and media. He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator, judging at many jazz festivals throughout the country, including the prestigious University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival. He directs the annual University of Wisconsin-Green Bay January Jazz Fest, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Summer Jazz Camp, two of the oldest and most popular jazz events of their kind in Wisconsin.

All episodes of Bird in the Wings streaming NOW

Listen on SoundCloud
Listen on iTunes
Listen on Stitcher
Listen on Google Play

Michael Shaw (Part II): Live from Common CAHSS

The second part of our interview with Michael Shaw is brought to our listeners LIVE from UW-Green Bay’s Common CAHSS 2019.

In Part 2 Kelli and Michael discuss the freedom of speech as it relates to artistic expression as a human right. One of Michael’s cartoons came to international prominence following the 2015 terrorist attack on French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. They discuss this and several more of Michael’s cartoons, as well as what the role of the cartoonist is in today’s culture.

Follow Michael on Twitter and Instagram to see more of his work!

Happy Listening!

 

shawpic

About Our Guests:

Much like a certain mythical bird, Michael Shaw describes his career as regenerative: A BFA in painting (Webster University) morphing into art education (teaching art in the St. Louis public schools)  culminating in a graduate degree in journalism (University of Missouri, Columbia) leading to a successful copywriting career (Lands’ End, Frontgate, Kohl’s) then making  a bit of u-turn back to education (Xavier University). Michael also doodles at night—his cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker since 1999.

 

All episodes of Bird in the Wings streaming NOW

Listen on SoundCloud
Listen on iTunes
Listen on Stitcher
Listen on Google Play

 

Michael Shaw – Cartooning Compulsion

A special two-part episode of Bird in the Wings featuring cartoonist and writer, Michael Shaw. Michael’s cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker since 1999.

In Part 1 (of 2) Kelli and Michael discuss how one develops their craft, the winding road on the way to success, and how a cartoonist breaks through such a crowded field and is finally published. As well as having the tenacity, drive and/or compulsion to continue even though the odds are firmly stacked against you.

Follow Michael on Twitter and Instagram to see his work!

Happy Listening!

shawpic

About Our Guests:

Much like a certain mythical bird, Michael Shaw describes his career as regenerative: A BFA in painting (Webster University) morphing into art education (teaching art in the St. Louis public schools)  culminating in a graduate degree in journalism (University of Missouri, Columbia) leading to a successful copywriting career (Lands’ End, Frontgate, Kohl’s) then making  a bit of u-turn back to education (Xavier University). Michael also doodles at night—his cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker since 1999.

 

All episodes of Bird in the Wings streaming NOW

Listen on SoundCloud
Listen on iTunes
Listen on Stitcher
Listen on Google Play

Noah Simon & Alan Kopischke – A Tuna Christmas

Bird in the Wings is BACK! And just in time for the holidays!

Kelli welcomes Noah Simon and Alan Kopischke, two actors starring in A Tuna Christmas at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay Dec 12-31. They discuss with Kelli the personal and professional life of a working actor in NE Wisconsin. Plus, Noah & Alan perform a reading from A Tuna Christmas for our listeners.

Tickets for A Tuna Christmas available HERE

Learn more about The Big Read HERE

Happy Listening!

Noah-Simon-no-glasses-(2)About Our Guests:

NOAH SIMON makes his TAP debut. He most recently appeared in A Trick of the Light at Peninsula Players, where he was previously seen in the world premiere of Joe Foust’s Once A Ponzi Time. 2019 is Noah’s 30th year as a theatre artist, having spent the majority of that time on many of Chicago’s illustrious stages large and small. He is a proud member of both Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA, and holds a BA in Theatre from Butler University and an MFA in Acting from the Theatre School at DePaul University. Noah teaches Theatre at UW-Green Bay.

Alan-Kopischke-3-225x225About Our Guests:

ALAN KOPISCHKE recently directed Julius Caesar for UW-Green Bay, where he teaches acting. Alan’s many TAP credits include Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Oleanna, and A Walk in the Woods. He has also acted with Steppenwolf, Milwaukee Rep, Peninsula Players, Theatre Z, and regional theatres across the country, including the American Conservatory Theater where he earned his MFA. He has been smacked around by the Chuck Norris family and a real highway patrolman on primetime television and in feature films. He produces the Door Kinetic Arts Festival every June at Björklunden and has created new arts programs in communities around Wisconsin.

*Actor’s Bios courtesy of Third Avenue Playhouse*

All episodes of Bird in the Wings streaming NOW

Listen on SoundCloud
Listen on iTunes
Listen on Stitcher
Listen on Google Play

Carl Vanderheyden – Just Do It

Have you ever heard of the phrase, “just do it?” Well our guest today actually did it. Bird In The Wings welcomes sculptor, Carl Vanderheyden, to the podcast for a fantastic discussion about getting up and doing it!

Carl is the founder of Fine Steel Art and is an in demand artist whose metal sculptures of creatures, both imagined and real, reside all over NE Wisconsin and beyond! Including the brand new Phoenix Statue at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

You don’t want to miss this discussion about learning through doing, and the possibility of discovering yourself as an artist at any time in your life. Happy Listening!

48683478912_1f258b92a5_o

About Our Guest:

After working 30 years as a carpenter, Carl Vanderheyden, learned how to work a “liquid metal, fire spitting machine” and now produces masterpieces. Carl works with steel to create metal sculptures to combine the beauty of rustic steel with the essence of people, animals and nature. He is the founder of Fine Steel Art, and his sculptors now live all over NE Wisconsin, and beyond. To learn more about Carl, and to see more of his work visit FineSteelArt.com 

69092840_10157066474106154_3681668759522639872_n[1]

The UW-Green Bay Phoenix Statue now lives on the UW-Green Bay Campus

 

 

 

 

 

 

All episodes of Bird in the Wings streaming NOW

Listen on SoundCloud
Listen on iTunes
Listen on Stitcher
Listen on Google Play

 

 

 

Gregory Frederic – Crewl Art

Bird in the Wings goes Crewl!

CrewlArt that is, because in this episode, Kelli sits down with local visual artist & founder of CrewlArt, Gregory Frederic. They discuss his artistic journey from Haiti all the way to Green Bay, as well as the inspiration behind his striking pieces. Happy Listening!

3ede3f40f913307f98a15177050fc399About Our Guest:

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Gregory Frederic uses color to chronicle every single day. In 2008 he was mentored by successful Haitian artists to start his career painting ‘still life’ subject matter in oil paint.  He began working as a muralist for the World Health Organization and sold commissioned paintings. Later he would change mediums, and develop his own special techniques with acrylics. He relocated to Green Bay in 2013, and now lives with his family while managing CrewlArt, which comes from his childhood nickname, “Crewl.” Frederic continues adding to his list of satisfied collectors and represents local artists at fine art fairs and galleries throughout the country.

To learn more about Gregory, and to view his work, visit CrewlArt.com

All episodes of Bird in the Wings streaming NOW

Listen on SoundCloud
Listen on iTunes
Listen on Stitcher
Listen on Google Play

Bill Sallak – The Power of Trial & Error & Success

Dive in, the water is deep. This episode of Bird in the Wings maybe the deepest dive into the working mind of a musician we have ever done. And that’s saying something.

This time Kelli sits down for a fascinating discussion with UW-Green Bay Music Professor, Bill Sallak. He and Kelli discuss his journey through academia as a student, performer, researcher, and educator. In addition, they also discuss the creation of the new Weidner Philharmonic at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and the upcoming inaugural concert.

Happy Listening!

The New World Symphony for a New Symphony will take place in Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center on Saturday, Sept 28 at 7:30pm. Get your tickets at WeidnerCenter.com 

BillSallak

About Our Guest:

William Sallak is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he teaches percussion, recording technology, and world music. As a performer, conductor, composer, technologist, and researcher, Bill Sallak’s work has appeared in many national and international festivals and conferences. He holds degrees from SUNY-Fredonia, The University of Akron, and Arizona State University.

 

 

All episodes of Bird in the Wings streaming NOW

Listen on SoundCloud
Listen on iTunes
Listen on Stitcher
Listen on Google Play

Dr. Michael Alexander – A New Provost for a New Symphony (2.0)

UW-Green Bay’s new Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Michael Alexander, sits down with Kelli for a Bird In The Wings exclusive interview! AND this time we hit record…

In addition to being the second highest administrative, and senior academic officer on campus, Dr. Alexander will conduct the first piece at the inaugural concert of the Weidner Philharmonic at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In this episode, he and Kelli discuss his journey to becoming provost, his experience as a conductor, his love of music, and balancing an administrative & artistic life.

Happy Listening!

The New World Symphony for a New Symphony will take place in Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center on Saturday, Sept 28 at 7:30pm. Get your tickets at WeidnerCenter.com 

Unknown-27

About Our Guest:

Dr. Michael Alexander comes to UW-Green Bay from the University of Northern Colorado where he served as Director of the School of Music. A native of Grand Island NY, Alexander previously lived in Wisconsin from 1995-2004, earning his master’s degree at UW-Milwaukee, and doctorate at UW-Madison. Dr. Alexander is now the 13th provost in UW-Green Bay’s 53-year history. The provost oversees programming leadership of the four academic colleges, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement, the Cofrin Library, Office of Admissions, as well as the UW -Green Bay branch campuses in Marinette, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan. For more information, visit uwgb.edu

All episodes of Bird in the Wings streaming NOW

Listen on SoundCloud
Listen on iTunes
Listen on Stitcher
Listen on Google Play

 

United ReSisters – The First Winter

Featured

Bird In The Wings is so excited to welcome two UW-Green Bay students who are members of the United ReSisters, Yasmin Nur & Nadifo Kasim, to discuss their new book, The First Winter: Stories of Survival by Experienced Hearts. The United ReSisters of Green Bay are a group of young Somali-American women who aspire to create positive change and visibility in our community through education, activism, artistry, and sisterhood.

In this episode, Kelli sits down with Yasmin & Nadifo to discuss joining the United ReSisters, their lives as Somali-Americans, goals for the future, and the visual art they have created. Plus, they also each share a piece they have written from their book, The First Winter. 

Happy Listening!

79c752_468d6be360b24552b637a35b9ea68fa6~mv2_d_6016_4016_s_4_2

About Our Guests:

The United ReSisters are a group of Somali-American Women who have a passion for creating a more tight-knit Green Bay community, and overall a more peaceful world. The girls chose the name “United ReSisters” as they would like this group to portray the ultimate sisterhood: bonding together to resist hate, prejudice, and misunderstanding while doing so through education, resilience, and love. To learn more about the United ReSisters visit UnitedReSisters.com and follow them on Instagram and Facebook

FirstWinter

The First Winter: Stories of Survival by Experienced Hearts is a trailblazing collection of reflections, conversations, letters, lists, and poems about their experiences as refugees and journeys to the United States. The First Winter is a celebration of homelands old and new: where these girls come from, where they are, where they’re going, and everywhere the power of family and friendship to make the unbearable bearable, meaningful, and even joyful. The First Winter is available for purchase now at Two Shrews Press

 

 

All episodes of Bird in the Wings streaming NOW

Listen on SoundCloud
Listen on iTunes
Listen on Stitcher
Listen on Google Play