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Solo Performance Artist Regi Carpenter to Deliver Young Harris College’s Shaw Lecture

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Solo performance artist, author, and performance coach Regi Carpenter will present “Snap!” during the annual Shaw Lecture on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the Hatcher Dining Room of the Rollins Campus Center. The performance is free and open to the public.

Written and performed by Carpenter, “Snap!” is a 75-minute solo performance that tells the incredible story of a 16-year-old girl’s descent into madness, commitment to a mental institution, and her incredible journey back to freedom and reality. The performance includes a talk-back afterwards, and is intended to bring hope to those suffering with mental illness. 

“Snap!” is the recent recipient of the Storytelling World Award and the 2012 Boston StorySlam. This powerful and moving story has been presented at colleges, festivals, conferences, and theaters throughout the world.

Carpenter’s writings and blogs about storytelling, ancestry, and identity have been published in various print and online publications. Her memoir, “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Dinner-stories of a Seared Childhood” will be published in September 2016.

She 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.

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 holds a B.F.A. from Ithaca College where she currently teaches storytelling.

The Shaw Lecture Series was established by YHC alumna and faculty member Martha Luelle Shaw, ’29, in 1977.  

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Mary Slavkin at (706) 379-5317 or [email protected].

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,200 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. In 2014, the College was granted active membership in NCAA Division II and is a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2015-2016 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit

Regi Carpenter

Solo performance artist Regi Carpenter will present “Snap!” at Young Harris College on Wednesday, March 16.