Kennesaw State presents annual Storyfest
Festival will feature renowned storyteller Regi Carpenter

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KENNESAW, Ga. (January 14, 2013)For a night of entertainment that doesn't involve a TV screen or long lines at the movie theatre, KSU's upcoming Storyfest is an excellent option. Presented by the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies and featuring renowned storyteller Regi Carpenter, Storyfest will take place in the Stillwell Theater Jan. 24-26 at 8 p.m.


Assistant Professor Charles Parrott describes the art of storytelling as a way to take something that is common and make it exceptional. "Personal narrative is one kind of storytelling," he explains. "Personal stories are fun, funny, poignant stories about life that often cue the audience to reflect on their own life experiences." It also offers a break from what Parrott calls the "mediated age" that we live in. "We spend so much time in front of the TV or computer screen, and sometimes the best entertainment is watching a person perform live in front of you."


Regi Carpenter is a well-known storyteller who has been motivating and inspiring audiences throughout the country for twenty years. With each story, Carpenter mixes mirth, music and everyday events into myths and muses about life, death and nothing in particular. Her show during Storyfest, titled "Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner," will feature stories from her own life that the audience will be able to relate to and connect with. "Storytelling is an exciting aspect of theatrical performance because it is so immediate, direct and personal," Carpenter says. "The storytelling experience is designed to draw upon the listener's life experience as heard through the teller's creative expression."


During each night of Storyfest, a KSU student storyteller will open for Carpenter's show, providing a unique opportunity for them to work with such a respected and successful artist. "Regi Carpenter is a highly gifted storyteller who tells from the heart," Department Chair John Gentile says. "Her stories are both wildly funny and deeply moving. She brilliantly takes her audiences on an emotional journey. Unforgettable."


While visiting KSU, Carpenter will also be teaching two storytelling workshops on Friday, Jan. 25 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the Stillwell Theater. For more information or to sign up for a workshop, please contact Parrott at

Tickets for Storyfest are $20, with discounts available for KSU students, faculty and staff. For more information, visit the KSU Box Office or call 770-423-6650.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.



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