In my creative work, I use play and storytelling to foster thriving, diverse, inclusive community. Here are some ongoing projects:
is a live Storytelling Show and Potluck that's been playing to sold-out theaters for 10 years. The show's mission is to bring people together with varied professional, cultural, political and personal perspectives, to connect and discover common ground. We aim strongly to foster the arts of sharing and listening; to encourage approaching difference with curiosity rather than combativeness. And we are as happy to provide a platform for the work of renowned performers as we are to provide a stage for those who have never set foot on one before. People call this show magic. See why.
The Story Seed Project
Storytelling belongs to everyone. It has been practiced since before the written word, and its necessary elements live in each one of us. It has also been somewhat lost as a living art-form in many of our communities, as digital entertainment takes the place of live creative interactions. With a wish to revitalize Live Storytelling gatherings as inspiring, uniting, and empowering events in as many places as possible, I've created a program that trains teachers, organizers, community leaders to foster Live Storytelling shows and scenes in their communities. If you'd like to plant the seeds of story-telling culture in your neighborhood, church, or business, do say hi!
Intuitive Treasure Hunter
is a life-sized game played in teams out in the world. Part urban adventure, part treasure hunt, part whimsical remedy, the game is a joyful exploration of local terrain with new eyes. It strengthens creativity and collaboration, restores trust in personal intuition, and invites heightened awareness of life inside & out. It happens once a month in Chicago, and has been played by 100's of people of all ages from many parts of the world. Shared at The Improv Retreat and iO Chicago's Summer Intensives over the past 5 years. Learn more here.
"Your warmth and genuine good will and- honestly- love for everyone around you has been moving and inspirational. I absolutely love performing at Here Chicago, no matter the location, and I believe it is mostly due to the environment you have created. Your show is a home for creativity, community and love, and I am so proud to say I could be a part of it. Thank you for creating an amazing space."
Josh Berling, Game Designer
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