The first stop on Emily Vito’s saunter down memory lane is Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
“Since I was a theater major, most of my student life was spent at Krannert. I have memories all over the building, but one room that stands out is the rehearsal space we used for mainstage productions," says the assistant development director for the Lincoln Center Film Society.
"It’s where my classmates and I were on the night of September 11, 2001 as we processed the shock of that day and rehearsed for, of all plays, our production of Shakespeare’s 'Henry V.'
"It’s also where all freshmen showed up for mandatory morning improv classes three days a week, which were more or less group therapy sessions for kids just out of their parents’ homes.
"For all its plainness to anyone outside the Krannert bubble, that room has seen a lot of tears and love and I’ll never forget it for that.”