Pioneer Spotlight: Michael Breitner
Michael Breitner joined the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2011 as the director of Arts Facilities and Series. He was recently appointed the interim director of the newly created Event Services. In addition to overseeing the operations of this new office, he continues to do the programming for the Performing Arts Series, as well as managing the Center for the Arts, Nohr Gallery and the University Box Office, among other duties.
What are the goals of the newly formed Event Services?
The Office of Event Services serves as a meeting and event planning resource for users of university space and services. In partnership with internal and external individuals and groups, the office marshals the many university services required to provide the best possible experience for campus visitors. The office also increases the institution’s reputation by producing successful and memorable events and ceremonies for the campus and area communities.
What do you enjoy most about your various roles across campus?
I most enjoy working with the faculty, staff and students at UW-Platteville. This university is one of the smaller institutions where I’ve worked and I really appreciate the opportunity to get to know people and see them on a daily basis. Every day really is a good day to be a Pioneer.
Programming at the Center for the Arts is a large part of fulfilling the university’s strategic plan of enriching the tri-state area. How do you see the relationship between the CFA and the larger community?
The Center for the Arts is all about ensuring access to the arts for everyone and advancing the arts for the community’s civic, economic and educational success. The arts are fundamental to the lives of the people of Platteville and Grant County. And in an increasingly global world, the CFA helps widen people’s perspectives and appreciation of those different from themselves.
You continue to coordinate the Performing Arts Series each year. What have been some of your favorite groups to bring in? Can you tell us a little bit about what's in store this year?
Some of my favorite performances since I arrived on campus in 2011 have been “Avenue Q,” the Soweto Gospel Choir, the Four Bitchin’ Babes, the Vienna Boys Choir, “HAIR” and Cherish the Ladies. Next season is a bit odd; there are three acts in the fall and five in the spring. We start the 2015-16 PAS season on Sept. 25 with the amazing Michael Mao Dance, a multicultural dance troupe that was scheduled to coincide with the Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference. Based in New York City, we don’t often see a dance company of this caliber in Southwest Wisconsin.
What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of work?
I enjoy a variety of activities such as reading, traveling and dining. I’ve also been adopted by two Maine Coon mix cats, Milo and Moe, who have come to expect a high level of service from their human concierge.
Interview conducted by Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications.