Bonnie North

Lake Effect Producer

Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

Bonnie spent over twenty years working as a director, technician and stage manager in professional, educational, and community theaters. She comes from a family of musicians and artists and grew up playing all kinds of music. But her interest in and love of the arts is not limited to performance. She enjoys other art expressions as well, including painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, and writing.

Bonnie's introduction to Public Broadcasting came at Vermont Public Radio (VPR) in 1992. She spent 7 years there in various positions, including hosting classical and jazz shows and as a production associate and operations manager.

Just prior to joining WUWM, Bonnie worked in the defense industry. She spent two years in the Balkans, first in Sarajevo, Bosnia, where she managed a group of linguists that provided Serbo-Croatian interpreting and translation services for the US and NATO stabilization forces. She then went to Kosovo to manage the overall linguist program for Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Romania.

Bonnie holds a bachelors degree in English Literature/Drama Studies from Purchase College-State University of New York.

» Contact Lake Effect

Pages

Arts & Culture
3:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Mastersingers of Milwaukee Are 'Just Jazz'-ed to Turn 40

The Mastersingers of Milwaukee
Credit Mastersingers' Facebook

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Eduardo Garcia-Novelli, the conductor and music director of the Master Singers of Milwaukee.

From Mahler to Monk, the Mastersingers of Milwaukee has been entertaining area audiences for 40 years.

Read more
Arts & Culture
2:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Two Guitar Giants Performed Together for the First Time in Milwaukee

Guitarists Lucas Michailidis and Peter Lang performed at the Zelazo Center on May 1st.
Credit MKE Unplugged

The fingerstyle guitar program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee not only trains the next generation of guitarists but also brings in world class musicians to teach and perform.

Read more
Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

South African Apartheid Survivor Helps Shapes Her Country's Future

Vuyiswa Tulelo is the General Consul for South Africa in the Midwest.
Credit southafricachicago.org

Twenty years ago this weekend, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president of South Africa.  It was pinnacle of a period of remarkable change in that country – that included Mandela’s freedom from prison after 27 years, and the end of the Apartheid era in which blacks and other non-white South Africans were denied the rights and freedoms that whites had.

Read more
Arts & Culture
1:37 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Actress from West Allis Writes, Stars in Film About Struggle

Actress Chuti Tiu is from West Allis.
Credit chutitiu.com

West Allis native and actress Chuti Tiu has been making a name for herself in Hollywood. She's had parts in the films Beautiful and The Internship, and has had recurring roles on highly rated TV shows as well, including WeedsThe Closer, and Southland. But her newest starring role is as a screenwriter.

Read more
Arts & Culture
1:02 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Cabaret Depicts Woman's Perspective in 'It's a Man's World'

Kelley Faulkner stars in It's A Man's World
Credit Uprooted Theatre Company

Cabaret often conjures up images of a late night, smoky club in New York City where a world weary chanteuse leans on the piano singing of lost love.

But while Milwaukee-based singer and actress Kelley Faulkner might sing of lost love in her upcoming one woman show, It’s A Man’s World, it’ll all be rocked up with a full band and include a lot of other kinds of music, including the James Brown tune of the same name.

Read more
Education
11:49 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Two Milwaukee Educators Win Award for Promoting and Teaching Music

We talk with two people honored for their contribution to arts education today.  John Waite is the director of instrumental music at Hamilton High School in Sussex and the winner of the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee’s 2014 Music Teacher of the Year Award.

Read more
Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The Enduring Appeal of Puccini's Opera La Bohème

Soprano Alyson Cambridge
Credit Florentine Opera Company

An interview with Soprano Alyson Cambridge and tenor Noah Stewart

Even people who say they don’t like opera often fall in love with La Bohème.

Read more
Regional
2:55 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Milwaukee Chef Justin Aprahamian Wins James Beard Award

Chef Justin Aprahamian
Credit Sanford Restaurant

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews "Wisconsin Foodie" Kyle Cherek about the James Beard nominations, prior to the announcement of the winners.

Milwaukee's Justin Aprahamian of Sanford restaurant has been named Best Chef in the Midwest by the James Beard Foundation.

Read more
Arts & Culture
10:01 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Milwaukee Art Museum Revamps Addition Design, Lead Architect Returns

Revamped designs for the addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum just have been released.
Credit HGA Architects

Dan Keegan and Jim Shields discuss the project with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

After a firestorm of criticism last month, the Milwaukee Art Museum has released updated designs for its new addition.

Read more
Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Fortissimo Is Not a Problem for the Knightwind Ensemble

The Knightwind Ensemble started 60 years ago as an Elk Lodge wind band.
Credit knightwind.org

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Dr. Eric Janners, music director and conductor of the Knightwind Ensemble.

When we talk about classical music we usually talk about symphonic groups. Bands are for militaries and other kinds of marching, like for football game half times. But symphonic bands can be just as musically sophisticated as orchestras.

Read more

Pages