School of Theatre and Dance Launches "'Everyone's Story Matters': A Kent State StoryCorps Project"

In conjunction with production of "Intimate Apparel"

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.
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Schedule a Recording Session

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.

Information on Using the StoryCorps App

Notable Interviews

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
2:15 p.m.
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
2:15 p.m.
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 –

Nick Drashner –

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. 


Media Contact:

Joni Koneval, 330-672-0116,


POSTED: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 1:57pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 3:30pm
Joni Koneval