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September 11, 2013
Don gave notes after every performance. INCLUDING closing night. :) His attitude was that there was something to be learned after every show, no matter if there was a crowd coming again or not. Don was a great and compassionate teacher. These years later, I remember him best for his sense of humor, and no-nonsense teaching style. Almost every day, he'd eat an entire apple in class. The whole thing. Seeds and all. Leaving no core. He'd sing, "Howww are things in Glocca Moorrraaaa..." as a way to say "Good Morning". His passion for Arthur Lessac is distinct in my memory, as is an exercise he had us do in Acting Studio that had us walking around in a circle, acting like large birds. Don was a good teacher, and invested in every day he taught, which is not something I can say about every professor I ever had. Rest in peace, Don. Thank you for what you taught me. On stages in London and Los Angeles, your lessons have helped me reach the back of the theater...without artificial amplification.
September 06, 2013
A great educator and wonderful man, Don Burdick taught me things at UW-O in the 60's that have shaped my entire broadcasting career. His famous class in Voice and Diction was a right of passage for UW-O broadcasting students. Back in '68, when UW-O was undergoing a tremendous surge in enrollment, his "V and D" class was held in some God-forsaken glorified shed in the southwest corner of campus. But he made it a learning environment befitting a palace. I was saddened to learn of Don's passing via an article in the UW-O alum newsletter. It's been 45 years since I was in his classroom, but his excellence in teaching made it an unforgettable experience. Rest in peace, Don.
August 30, 2013
I'll miss you Don. For over 40 years you were a constant in my life: From diction class and The Amorous Flea at UW Oshkosh to close friend of the Magnuson family after graduation and retirement. I knew whenever I came home for a visit, you would be there to enliven the conversation. You were there, offering comfort, when my parents passed away; and you were there, entertaining my sister and myself at your lovely home and at countless dinners over the years in Oshkosh, Appleton and New York. I'll miss having someone to talk theatre to. We are all better for having known you.
August 29, 2013
Mr. Burdick was one the wonderful educators who made my time at UW-O so very special. Peace and grace to his family and friends in the loss of this very special man.
August 29, 2013
Sad for Don's departure, glad for his contributions to my life.

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Don Burdick portrays a brilliant  "Henry" in Act II's production of The Fantasticks.

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