When Elizabeth Carlin-Metz, the chair of the Department of Theatre, received a request for protective face masks for a member of the Vitalist Theatre Company, she sprang into action.
The Knox experience tends to be passionately ingrained for life and results in a very closely knit network–or maybe I should say ‘stitched’ network!”
Carlin-Metz and her late husband, Robin Metz, former director of Knox’s Creative Writing Program, founded the Vitalist Theatre in Chicago. Lori Myers, an award-winning actress and inaugural member of the company, works as a doctor of occupational therapy at Brookdale Senior Independent and Assisted Living Home Health Care and Outpatient Services in Chicago. Myers sent out a request to friends for masks.
Carlin-Metz forwarded the note to Knox theatre alumni, and Aly Greaves Amidei ’97 responded. Amidei, who majored in theatre and specialized in costume design, is now an assistant professor of costume design at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She has designed costumes for Vitalist and for other theaters.
“It is no surprise to me that within an hour of putting out the word that Lori needed masks in Chicago, multiple Knox Theatre costume shop alumni and current students responded from around the nation,” said Carlin-Metz. “Aly was already making masks, so she was able to respond the fastest. The Knox experience tends to be passionately ingrained for life and results in a very closely knit network–or maybe I should say ‘stitched’ network!”