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.

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Arts & Culture
11:41 am
Thu June 5, 2014

What's That Over There?: Tanzilo Explores the Less-Visited Parts of Milwaukee

Bobby Tanzilo explores the histories of the small nooks and crannies of Milwaukee.
Credit Boswell Books

The line goes something like this: it was midnight in the city that keeps its secrets… Like all cities, there are quite a few out of the way and forgotten corners of Milwaukee. Some are hidden in plain sight; others take a bit of sleuthing. And as Bobby Tanzilo found out, some of them require no fear of spiders, heights, or closed spaces to access.

"We're trying to figure out what people are talking about, and specifically to Milwaukee, we're pitching Milwaukee and the bookstore as a place for, say, authors to visit over the next year," says Tanzilo.

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Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Want to Be Discovered? 'Show Your Work,' Author Says

One of Austin Kleon's distinctive "newspaper blackout" poems.
Credit Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon speaks with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

If you haven't seen the work of best-selling author Austin Kleon, you might at first mistake one of his poems for a redacted CIA document.

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Arts & Culture
11:23 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Young Self-Taught Photographer Makes His Mark on Milwaukee and Beyond

Vallen Gillett

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with Vallen Gillett, a self-taught Milwaukee-based photographer.

Milwaukee is home to many good photographers, ranging from the strictly amateur to the internationally renowned. While he hasn’t quite gotten to the second category, Vallen Gillett is well on his way.

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Arts & Culture
10:57 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Exhibit Displays Local Handicrafts Made During The Great Depression

From the Handmade for Hard Times: The Milwaukee Handicraft Project exhibit.
Credit Museum of Wisconsin Art

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with Graeme Reid, director of collections at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and Charles Waisbren, a collector of many of the objects on exhibit.

Handicrafts made during the Great Depression are currently on display at the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

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Arts & Culture
1:25 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Shakespeare Behind Bars

Shakespeare Behind Bars founder Curt Tofteland talks with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

Award-winning program helps inmates by using the works of Shakespeare.

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Arts & Culture
2:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

New Opera Workshop at The Florentine Opera

David Walsh, Adriana Zabala and Robert Aldridge in the studio.
Credit Florentine Opera

David Walsh, Adriana Zabala, and Robert Aldridge discuss "Sister Carrie" with Bonnie North.

The regular Florentine Opera season may be over, but you can still get your opera fix on Friday and Saturday. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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