2009 University Award for
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Excellence in Collaborative Achievement
‘The Balkan Women’
Award-Winning Theatre Production
In keeping with the 2008-09 campus common theme, “Waging War, Waging Peace,” the UW-Green Bay Theatre program selected Jules Tasca’s play, The Balkan Women, as one of its Mainstage productions. UW-Green Bay collaborators (too many to name individually) included members of the theatre, music and psychology disciplines. The production also enlisted the expertise of a guest fight choreographer; a nationally known guest director, Carmen Roman; the playwright, Jules Tasca; and a Wisconsin resident, Ann Swenson, whose family escaped the Balkan region as civil war and ethnic cleansing overtook the former Yugoslavia.
In fall 2008, the combined contributions of all involved led to one of the most emotionally powerful and successful on-campus runs for a University production, and an invited performance at the regional American College Theater Festival. It also won the award for excellence in technical execution. Said one reviewer at the Festival, "It is clear that this project reflected a high level of collaborative, creative achievement that is uncommon.”