"Working" Pre-Performance Talks Interview Elon Staff About Their Jobs

Come to Scott Studios to learn about the people whose contributions make Elon University great

Elon staff members will be interviewed about their jobs in “Talks on the Steps” before performances of Working, a musical based on Studs Terkel’s book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.

Inspired by Terkel’s interviews, at each” Talk on the Step” one Elon staff member will be interviewed about their job. Come learn about the people whose contributions make Elon University great! Interviews include:

Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m.
Media Services Assistant Jenn Grimmett will describe how the busy Media Services desk supports both public events and student projects with microphones, video cameras, and laptops. If you’ve heard it or seen it or recorded it, then Grimmett helped make it happen.

Friday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Associate Librarian Lynne Bisko explains how a day in the life of a librarian—from tricky research questions to advising students to pouring over catalogs of books for purchase to exploring cutting-edge software—is nothing like the dated stereotype.

Sunday, May 1, 1:30 p.m.
University Accompanist Tyson Hankins
shares insights into a day spent playing the piano and coaching student singers for auditions and performances. Just how many hours a day does he spend at the piano? Come find out as you learn what makes the job of an accompanist unique.

“Talks on the Steps” take place in the Roberts Studio Theatre lobby at Scott Studios. Talks are free and open to the public and last ten minutes.  

Working is adapted from the book of real life interviews into a stage production featuring songs by Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, Micki Grant, Craig Carnelia, Mary Rodgers and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The opening number, “I Hear America Singing” begins our journey through the amusing, touching and inspirational glimpse into the thoughts of the men and women who keep our everyday world spinning.

Performances are April 28-April 30, and May 2 at 7:30 p.m., and April 30 and May 1 at 2 p.m. at Roberts Studio Theatre. Working is directed and choreographed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato with musical direction by Anthony Bruno.