About the “Sleep Talk” project

This website, based off the story collection project of the National Folklife Project at the Library of Congress called “StoryCorps,” is design to house collected stories of sleep from around the community. Stories on this website can be shared in one of two ways:

  • UofL is training students to collect sleep stories from the UofL student population, the Louisville community and the students’ own communities around the world. Once the stories are collected they will be housed on this website
  • Visitors to the website can upload their own sleep stories as audio files or as text to be shared with other visitors. You can also share a dream or sleep story by filling out the form on that page.

All the stories submitted will be archived at the UofL library.

In addition to hosting the “Sleep Talk” stories submitted by people throughout the community, this website, developed by VIA Studio, provides a view into the sleep and dreams of people from all over the world. The homepage pulls in real-time Tweets that have both the words “sleep” and “dream” in the text, creating an ever changing landscape of words and imagery that appear in white text. The orange text in the foreground is comprised of people’s posts on Twitter with the hashtag #SleepRockThyBrian. Give it a try.

Please note: The site was created using leading-edge technology, so it’s going to look best on Google Chrome, Firefox, and IE9/10 (in that order). If you’ve got an older version of Internet Explorer you’re probably used to things looking weird.

About the partnership

Sleep Rock Thy Brain, a play by Rinne Groff, Lucas Hnath and Anne Washburn and commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville, is slated to premiere during the 37th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays. Each playwright created a one-act play based on sleep science and flight after working with UofL doctors in the sleep lab to learn more about the science of sleep. Following the premiere of this play in the Humana Festival this spring, the UofL Theatre Arts Department will mount an immediate second production as part of its main stage season in the spring.

Following the initial concept generation of this play, a committee headed by UofL Provost Dr. Shirley Willihnganz and Actors Theatre Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein and comprised of faculty, deans and staff from both UofL and Actors Theatre was brought together to developed a unique multi-disciplinary communitywide partnership with Actors Theatre, University of Louisville Medical School, University of Louisville Department of Theatre Arts, ZFX Flying Effects, Lincoln Performing Arts School, and Jefferson Public Schools.