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UW-Green Bay Grad Wins Award at National Theatre Festival

UW-Green Bay graduate, Chase Grabowski, recently attended the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival where he was one of five musical theatre and performance attendees to win an award. Grabowski, who just graduated from UW-Green Bay in December 2022, is from Marinette and currently works as an Account Manager at Schneider. 

In January 2022, Grabowski attended the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which was held in Flint, MI. At the regionals, Grabowski competed against students from Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and western Ohio where he won the Musical Theatre Intensive in vocals. This regional win entitled Grabowski to an all-expenses paid trip to the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. which was held in mid-April, 2023. Grabowski was one of only nine Kennedy Center National Musical Theatre Fellows to attend the festival which was also attended by approximately eighty performance and design students. Click here to read the full article!

Theater Hopeful Advances to National Festival

24-year-old Chase Grabowski — that junior singing Frank Sinatra — is one of eight finalists in the National Kennedy Center American Collegiate Theater Festival, making him the first acting finalist in the history of the University of Wisconsin — Green Bay. The festival showcases 18,000 students annually from universities across the county. He self-taped his first audition and was one of the 18 selected from between 200 to

300 men and women to perform live at regionals for Musical Theater Intensive. One winner is selected from each region that advances to finals. Grabowski was nominated for two competitions at the festival, the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship and Musical Theater Intensive. He will compete on April 19-23 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. for Region 3, which represents Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and western Ohio.Click here to read the full article!

A Review of FIRST DATE


Then there’s Chase Grabowski, taking the lead as Aaron, a nerdy, nervous financier on his first blind date since being abandoned under the chuppah on the day of his wedding. He also directs this production, giving it a brisk pace and helping to bring out the humor as well as what little nuance exists in Austin Winsberg’s cliché-ridden, dated book…Grabowski and Soberg have an easy chemistry together and are just great fun to watch as Aaron and Casey spar and then predictably fall in love. Both are vocally superb. Grabowski’s Aaron is romantically clueless at first and ultimately charming.

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