Written Works

January 2021
The Ruby
An online puppet theater performance
By Kristin Bayer, Deanna Gibeau, Bill Gibeau and Peter Gibeau

Premiering online January 14 & 21, 2021 through Kettle Moraine Playhouse in Slinger, Wisconsin.

The Ruby is a puppet theater presentation of an ancient fable of one fellow’s search for the meaning of life. We think you’ll enjoy the delightful story, the beautifully handcrafted puppets, and the behind-the-scenes look at creating a puppet show.

September 2019
Girard’s NudeGirard's Nude at Kettle Moraine Playhouse
A musical comedy
Written by Kristin Bayer
Music and Lyrics by Deanna Gibeau
Based with permission on the novella Girard’s Nude by Nancy Sweetland

Premiered September 6-22, 2019 at Kettle Moraine Playhouse in Slinger, Wisconsin. Directed by Christopher Elst
It’s 1953, when girdles are tight, and morals are tighter. Middle-aged housewife Ethel Evans meets a famous French artist who wants her to pose nude. Ethel is determined to keep it a secret from everyone in Waldenford, even her husband. Ooh la la. What could possibly go wrong?

Press Release August 29
Preview in The Small Stage September 2
Preview in Shepherd Express September 3
Preview in Footlights.com September 5
Review in The Drama Den September 11
Review in Wisconsin Theater Spotlight September 14
Review in The Small Stage September 20

October 2016
Take a Seat
Fundraising video for West Bend High Schools’ Silver Lining Arts Center, produced and directed by Michelle Spettel, script by Kristin Bayer

November 2015
The Boy Next Door
Flash fiction romance story on the Splickety Lightning Blog – Nov 30, 2015

August 2015Women's History
Women’s History
Experimental dance piece in Art to Art: True Stories
Performed at DanceWorks, Aug 1 & 2, 2015
Written by Kristin Bayer
Composed and directed by Deanna Gibeau
Visual Art by Sophia Gibeau
Choreography by Lexie Kaufmann and Megan Velez

Previewed in The Shepherd Express July 28
Reviewed in The Shepherd Express August 4
Film of the Aug 2 performance by Kym McDaniel

a stirring music theater piece

the program’s most accomplished work

February 2015Splickety Love, February 2015
Shall We Dance
Flash fiction romance story in Splickety Love – Feb, 2015

September 2014
Travel Alarm Clock Monologue
Monologue purchased for use as a good example of characterization, in Playwriting a UW-Madison Continuing Studies Online Course

August 2014Engaging Stakeholders in the Home Medical Device Market
Engaging stakeholders in the home medical device market: Delivering personalized and integrated care
by Kristin Bayer, Laura Mitchell, Sharmila Gardner, and Rebecca Pine
Published by The British Standards Institution, in their Medical Devices White Paper Series

March 2014Magic of the Goat Children

Magic of the Goat Children
Written by Kristin Bayer
Music and Lyrics by Deanna Gibeau
A heart-warming, family-friendly musical comedy
A full-length work for a large cast

Premiered March 28-30, 2014 at UW-Washington County’s Theater on the Hill in West Bend, Wisconsin by Homegrown Theater

Best thing to happen in West Bend in decades. I whistled the songs on the drive home.

The collaboration was magical–an enchanting, first-class production!

For more information about the play, see Homegrown Theater’s website

Based with permission on the book Night of the Goat Children by J. Patrick Lewis, this story is loosely based on a real event in the Thirty Years’ War.

November 2013
Complete Set of User Manuals for the GrandCare integrated software-hardware system:
User Guide for Residents
Software manual for end-users of the GrandCare system, geared for the typically elderly residents who use the system in their homes or in assisted-care facilities. The manuals are written in a spare, friendly style, with large images and large text. The manual was later used as the source for embedded help screens in the system.

User Guide for Caregivers
Originally written for adult family caregivers who interact with the Residents over a web-based interface, this software manual was later expanded for use by caregivers in managed-care facilities.

Installation and Technical Guide
Software manual for the professional technicians who sell, install, and support the GrandCare systems.

Works in Progress:


Preaching to the Choir
Written by Kristin Bayer
Music and Lyrics by Deanna Gibeau
A hapless church choir is determined to save the church from bankruptcy while helping its widowed pastor find a new wife.

Twitter Strategies
by Laura Mitchell and Kristin Bayer
Learn the best strategies for using Twitter to market your company.