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
12:04 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

As You Like It: Optimist Theatre Performs in New Space

Milwaukee's Optimist Theatre is performing As You Like It, one of Shakespeare's liveliest comedies, at Kadish Park.

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Tom Reed and Kristin Hammargren of Optimist Theatre.

It's summer and time for Shakespeare in the Park. The Optimist Theatre has a new production - and a new home.

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Arts & Culture
4:02 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Jason Seed Stringtet Keeps it Loose

The Jason Seed Stringtet will perform in Bay View Thursday night.
Credit Karen Allbright

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews members of the Jason Seed Stringtet.

The genre-bending The Jason Seed Stringtet blends jazz, folk, and classical elements – but keeps it all feeling timeless.

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Arts & Culture
1:52 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Take the Path to Wisconsin's Best Trails

A bicycle path in Wisconsin
Credit Katjusa Cisar/Flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews writer Tom Held about Wisconsin's best trails.

Wisconsin boasts thousands of miles of trails - but which are the best?

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Arts & Culture
6:48 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

'30 Americans' Showcases Black Artists' Experiences

Hank Willis Thomas' "Branded Head, 2003" is on display at the "30 Americans" exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Credit Milwaukee Art Museum

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews artist Hank Willis Thomas and Milwaukee Art Museum curator Lisa Sutcliffe.

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s latest exhibition, 30 Americans, opened last month to the public.

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Arts & Culture
2:23 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

'Dog Stars' Imagines Post-Apocalyptic Humanity

Author Peter Heller has written four non-fiction adventure books, but "The Dog Stars" is his first novel.
Credit Knopf

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews author Peter Heller.

Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction tends to be rather bleak. The world as we know it has ended, chaos rules, and humans, or what’s left of them, tend to be reduced to their basest natures. Survival is paramount and all the niceties of so called civilization tend to go by the wayside.

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