The year was 1975, gas prices averaged a whopping 44 cents, car radios were tuned to Born to Run, and a generation searched for purpose in the shadow of Vietnam War. Peg Wetli, a blond haired, blue-eyed girl from Green Bay, was among them. An actress, playwright, journalist, and teacher, Peg believed that theatre had the power to inspire and propel folks to grow and reach their fullest potential. She also identified that the folks most in need were those society had forgotten—people with different abilities. With the wits in her head, the money in her pockets, and gumption in her soul, Peg founded CLIMB Theatre.
Peg refined and developed a practice called theatre in reverse to serve this new audience. Using her skills as a journalist, she interviewed partner organizations to discover the needs of her audience, and then researched ways to help them accomplish their goals. She created two-person, highly theatrical and interactive classes that taught folks life skills: hygiene, friendship, self-advocacy, and more.