Alumni Spotlight: Koepnick brothers in the news

News items about two brothers, Erik Koepnick (DDHS Class of 2003) and Evan Koepnick (Class of 2007) came across our desk recently.

Erik Koepnick

Erik Koepnick

The work Erik Koepnick does at Guest House, a shelter for homeless men in Milwaukee, was featured in the now-defunct Penzeys Magazine.*

Erik is the manager of communications and volunteer services at the shelter, which has up to 86 men living in three dorms for up to two years. Erik helps organize volunteer organizations and restaurants to keep warm meals available every week night and twice on weekends. This happens about 96 percent of the time, more than double from what it was about six years ago.

More than 400 volunteers participate in serving the meals at the shelter annually.

“I’m privileged to see both the resilience of our most vulnerable neighbors, and the amazing generosity of so many who respond to the needs in our community with care and support,” Erik was quoted.

Evan Koepnick

Evan Koepnick

Not far away, at the UWM Kenilworth Studio 508, brother Evan will be performing May 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 in the Theatre Gigante production of “Midsummer in Midwinter.”

It’s a slant on William Shakespeare’s dreamy comedy romping “through the North Woods of someplace,” according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The remix of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is told through dialogue, music and dance, including some original songs written and performed by members of the cast.

Evan plays the role of “Jimmy” in the play.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. May 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at UWM Kenilworth Studio 508, 1925 E. Kenilworth Place. Tickets are $25; $20 for seniors and $15 for UWM students. Call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/631396.

Evan also stars in the independent TV series “Mediocracy,” which is filmed in Milwaukee.

(*Note: According to the Penzeys website, the contents of the magazine will go in the Penzeys catalog and onto the Penzeys website. Penzeys is a Wauwatosa-based spice distributor.)

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