Kent State Stark and Stark Library Partner on Speaker Series Event


The Kent State University at Stark Featured Speakers Series and Stark Library's The Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series is proud to partner together to bring you An Evening with Danny Trejo.

Danny Trejo has developed a prolific career in the entertainment industry with a hard-earned and atypical road to success. From years of imprisonment to helping troubled youth battle drug addictions, from acting to producing, and now on to restaurant ventures, Trejo’s name, face, and achievements are well recognized around the world.

An Evening with Danny Trejo
Thursday, March 9, 2023 
7 p.m. - Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Canton Palace Theatre


Tickets for Trejo’s presentation are free and open to the public, but registration is required. No in-person tickets will be distributed.

Kent State University at Stark Dean Denise A. Seachrist and Mary Ellen Icaza, CEO and executive director of the Stark Library, said they are proud to partner together to bring this iconic Hollywood star to the region.  

“We are thrilled to partner with Kent State University at Stark for this event,” said Icaza. “Our organizations are aligned in our missions and philosophies, and Danny Trejo’s life journey is sure to inspire!”  

Seachrist agreed, adding that Trejo’s voice brings a timeless message of hope and opportunity to the local community — and beyond. As part of Trejo’s day in the region, he will host private Q&A sessions with incarcerated individuals at the Trumbull Correctional Institution, who are working toward a college degree at Kent State Trumbull. Trejo will also speak with youth in the Multi-County Juvenile Attention System.  

“Danny Trejo’s story is about second chances. As Stark County’s public university, our mission is to provide the lifechanging education that transforms lives,” Seachrist said. “We know the Stark Library also supports education throughout our local communities. With our missions aligned, it makes perfect sense our speaker series would partner in this way.” 

Recently celebrating 30 years, Kent State Stark’s Featured Speakers Series has brought national and international experts in civil rights, politics, education, environmental activism, literature and art to Stark County. The library’s Speaking of Books Author Series brings acclaimed writers to the county who inspire lively discussion and — at times — challenging conversation while exemplifying literary excellence. 

Trejo, author of the fearlessly honest memoir “Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood”, has starred in dozens of films, television shows and voiced various video games. Some of his notable films include “Desperado”, “Heat”, the “From Dusk ‘til Dawn” series, “Con Air”, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”, the “Spy Kids” movies “Machete” and more. He has had recurring roles on popular and award-winning television shows, including “Breaking Bad”, “The Flash” and “Sons of Anarchy” — and that’s just to name a few from Trejo’s storied career. 

Most recently, Trejo can be seen in the role of Rancor Keeper in “The Book of Boba Fett” airing on Disney+. Trejo has lent his voice to Cartoon Network’s “Victor and Valentino”, Disney Channel’s “Big City Greens” and Universal Pictures’ “Minions 2: The Rise of Gru”. 

A restaurateur, Trejo recently expanded his Trejo’s Tacos empire to include eight locations and shares his love of food with the world in the release of his first cookbook “Trejo’s Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A.” 

Despite Trejo’s impressive list of credits, it is his continuous role as a devoted father of three and an intervention counselor that bring him the most satisfaction. 

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 08:38 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 9, 2023 01:48 PM
Melissa Griffy Seeton