Regi Carpenter is a solo performance artist, author, and performance coach. An award winning performer, Regi has toured her solo shows and workshops in theaters, festivals and schools, nationally and internationally. Her writings and blogs about storytelling, ancestry and identity have been published in various print and online publications. Regi holds a BFA from Ithaca College where she currently teaches storytelling.
Regi Carpenter is a solo performance artist, short story writer, and performance coach. An award winning performer, Regi has toured her solo shows and workshops in theaters, festivals and schools, nationally and internationally. Her writings and blogs about storytelling, ancestry and identity have been published in various print and online publications. Regi holds a BFA from Ithaca College where she currently teaches storytelling.
Regi is the youngest daughter in a family that pulsates with contradictions: religious and raucous, tender but terrible, unfortunate yet irrepressible. These tales celebrate the glorious and gut – wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenter’s raised on the Saint Lawrence River in Clayton, New York. Tales of underwater tea parties, drowning lessons and drives to the dump give voice to multi-generations of family life in a small river town with an undercurrent. Swift, unexpected, and powerful as the river itself, Regi’s tales are “an unexpected gift that promises to leave us longing for more empathic vignettes from this comfortable, compelling voice.” Booklist Review of CD Diving and Emerging
Regi is the recipient of the JJ Reneaux Emerging Artist Award, a Leonard Bernstein Teaching Fellowship Award, the Parent’s Choice Gold Award, the Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award and the Storytelling World Award. Her performance piece Snap! won the 2012 Boston StorySlam. Snap! is a featured Listen story on The Moth website.
In addition to her work as a performer, coach and writer, Regi is also the founder of Stories with Spirit, a creative initiative dedicated to bringing songs of joy and stories of hope to grieving children and the people who love and care for them in homes, hospices, and hospitals. She lives in Ithaca, New York, where there’s ten square miles surrounded by reality.
Publicity for Snap!
Snap! a theatrical storytelling experience on mental health recovery
The one woman show, Snap!, written and performed by Regi Carpenter is the true story of a sixteen year old girl’s descent into mental illness, her commitment to a state mental hospital and her journey back to reality and freedom. The show is appropriate for teens and adults.
Carpenter’s short version of Snap! won her the 2012 Boston StorySlam for best of the year. Mental illness is, in many ways, a taboo topic. Personal admission of hospitalization is still
covered in secrecy, rarely treated as directly and honestly as in “Snap!” Yet, Carpenter doesn’t
think of herself as courageous to share her personal experience of recovery. “My challenge was
how to bring this story to others in a way that allowed them to find their own story in mine,”
she explains. “The response from family members of institutionalized or deceased children and from people with ongoing depression issues has been incredible.”
This theatrical storytelling experience was described by one audience member as “profoundly moving, heartfelt, courageous, and altogether inspiring.” The show uses music, gesture, and humor to put audiences into the experience as well as to facilitate a deeper understanding of mental health challenges. As she created the story, Carpenter learned that the past doesn’t control us. “What I can see in my experience now is a deeply troubled teen who could no longer cope and who received love, care, and hope in the darkest place.”
Audio CDs and Video DVDs will be available for purchase after the program.