School of Theatre and Dance Launches "'Everyone's Story Matters': A Kent State StoryCorps Project"
Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University will launch "Everyone's Story Matters": A Kent State StoryCorps Project on Mon., Sept. 11 to coincide with the upcoming production of Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel.
Inspired by the message Intimate Apparel and the belief that "everyone's story matters," the School of Theatre and Dance is partnering with the Performing Arts Library and international organization StoryCorps to produce a collection of interviews that, as described in StoryCorps' mission, "preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.” These interviews will be catalogued in a Kent State community on StoryCorps' website and will then be archived in the United States Library of Congress.
Between Mon., Sept. 11 and Sun., Oct. 15, students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to visit the School of Theatre and Dance and record interviews with important individuals in their lives: grandparents, parents, siblings, teachers, mentors, staff, and/or friends.
Recording locations will be available in the Performing Arts Library, located in the Center for the Performing Arts. Those wishing to use the Performing Arts Library for a recording session are encouraged to reserve a block of time in advance through the Performing Arts Library website.
The Performing Arts Library hours are:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Interviews can also be recorded using the StoryCorps App on your personal mobile device or tablet. For instructions on how to use the StoryCorps app to record and publish your interview, please click the link below.
Interview with Roe Green
Join us for an interview with School of Theatre and Dance donor, "Fairy Godmother," and arts advocate Roe Green. Intimate Apparel cast members Chantrell Lewis and Ryan Borgo are the interviewers.
Friday, September 22
Performing Arts Library
Interview with PRovost Todd diacon
Join us for an interview with Kent State University Provost Todd Diacon. Intimate Apparel cast member Maya Nicholson is the interviewer.
Thursday, September 28
Performing Arts Library
About Intimate Apparel:
The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University opens its 2017-2018 season with Lynn Nottage's acclaimed play "Intimate Apparel." The production is directed by associate professor Fabio Polanco and runs Fri., Oct. 6 through Sun., Oct. 15 in Wright-Curtis Theatre, located in the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242. A poignant and powerful on life, love, race and social power, "Intimate Apparel" portrays the story of Esther, a black seamstress in 1905 New York, who creates exquisite lingerie for clients who range from wealthy white women to prostitues. With her talent and discretion in high demand, Esther's plans for a life beyond the boarding house where she lives have never seemed more within reach. But when society and circumstance challenge her dreams, Esther will have to sew a new path into the fabric of her life.
If you are interested in becoming a Student Coordinator for this project, please contact:
Fabio Polanco – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Drashner – email@example.com
If you are selected to be a Student Coordinator, responsibilities may include a range of activities such as conducting high-profile interviews, marketing, outreach, and technical support.
Joni Koneval, 330-672-0116, firstname.lastname@example.org