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TELLER GALLERY

Since our debut in January of 2017, First Person Live has given well over 100 people a chance to tell their stories on stage. Some are regulars at shows around Chicago, including Moth StorySLAMS; others have never been on stage in their lives. 

 

They're engineers and cab drivers, executives and students, dentists and farmers, teachers, mechanics, lawyers, ministers - we even have a congressman (Sean Casten)! What they have in common is a story they feel moved to share. We are so grateful to them all. 

What story do you feel moved to share? Submit it here! We're always looking for new voices...and

new faces.

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Anne Abel
Anne Abel

Chemical engineer & journalist

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Emma Alamo
Emma Alamo

Leatherware designer

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Rebecca Anderson
Rebecca Anderson

Pastor

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David Barish
David Barish

Attorney

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Linda Beckstrom
Linda Beckstrom

Creative director

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Kevin Biolsi
Kevin Biolsi

Statistician

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Adam Bottner
Adam Bottner

Legal eagle

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Elizabeth Brown
Elizabeth Brown

Pathologist

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Kim Buck
Kim Buck

High-tech marketer

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Sarah Bunger
Sarah Bunger

English teacher

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Nancy Burkholder
Nancy Burkholder

Market researcher

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Elizabeth Cambridge
Elizabeth Cambridge

Customer service representative

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Jimmy Carrane
Jimmy Carrane

Improv teacher

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Ian Carswell
Ian Carswell

Entrepreneur, inventor, and investor

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Sean Casten
Sean Casten

Congressman (D-IL) & scientist

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Ada Cheng
Ada Cheng

College professor

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Nancy Chovansek
Nancy Chovansek

Dog Whisperer

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Shawn Cobb
Shawn Cobb

Railroad mechanic

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Ellis Cohn
Ellis Cohn

Salesforce trainer

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MT Cozzola
MT Cozzola

Freelance writer

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Susan Cramm
Susan Cramm

Labor union administator

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Kevin D'Ambrosio
Kevin D'Ambrosio

Disability advocate

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David Deal
David Deal

Corporate consultant

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Marion Deal
Marion Deal

High school student

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Jaime de Leon
Jaime de Leon

Cook County government employee

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Tiffani Desrosiers
Tiffani Desrosiers

Nonprofit program manager

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Erin Diamond
Erin Diamond

Comedian

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Stephanie Douglass
Stephanie Douglass

Organic farmer

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Lindsay Eanet
Lindsay Eanet

Executive Director, Northcenter chamber of commerce

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Melissa Earley
Melissa Earley

Pastor

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Luanne Eisenhardt
Luanne Eisenhardt

Nuclear weapons facility recruiter

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David Fink
David Fink

Theatrical producer

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Mary Fleming
Mary Fleming

Nonprofit office manager

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Chris Forte
Chris Forte

Dentist

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Jennifer Garcia
Jennifer Garcia

High school student

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Margaret Ghielmetti
Margaret Ghielmetti

World traveller

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Larry Glazer
Larry Glazer

Broadcast ad man

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Steve Glickman
Steve Glickman

Software engineer

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Nestor Gomez
Nestor Gomez

Lyft driver & T-shirt designer

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James Gordon
James Gordon

Actor

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Anne Gottschalk
Anne Gottschalk

Litigation paralegal

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JR Cillian Green
JR Cillian Green

Divinity student

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Susan Haarmon
Susan Haarmon

College administrator & chaplain

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John Hahm
John Hahm

High school teacher

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Don Hall
Don Hall

Live events producer

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Jim Hermann
Jim Hermann

Attorney

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Noelle Hedges-Goettl
Noelle Hedges-Goettl

Production manager, Chicago Children's Theater

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Darren Hill
Darren Hill

Actor & playwright

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David Himmel
David Himmel

Journalist & writer

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Jill Howe
Jill Howe

English tutor

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Gina Howley
Gina Howley

At-home mom

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Lauren Huffman
Lauren Huffman

Senior advertising manager

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Marko Ivanov
Marko Ivanov

Market strategist

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Stacy Jaffe
Stacy Jaffe

Preschool teacher

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Allyson Jannotta
Allyson Jannotta

Life coach

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Sarah Leibov
Sarah Leibov

Feldenkrais practitioner

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Jitesh Jaggi
Jitesh Jaggi

Docent, Indo-American Heritage Museum

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Archy Jamjun
Archy Jamjun

College student & writer

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Matt Jones
Matt Jones

At-home dad

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Diane Kastiel
Diane Kastiel

Entrepreneur

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Ken Kaye
Ken Kaye

Child psychologist

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Lauren Kelliher
Lauren Kelliher

Dog photographer and rescuer

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Bryan Kett
Bryan Kett

Copywriter

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Sann Knipple
Sann Knipple

Business manager

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Ardyth Krause
Ardyth Krause

Professor of social work

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Carly Lacombe
Carly Lacombe

High school English teacher

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Megan Lavery
Megan Lavery

High school health teacher

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Drew Love
Drew Love

Animator

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Steve Magnino
Steve Magnino

Market researcher

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PJ Malin
PJ Malin

Pastor

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Donna Martin
Donna Martin

Relocation coordinator

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Risa McDonell
Risa McDonell

Higher education consultant

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Tony Mendoza
Tony Mendoza

Mixed media maven

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Joel Thomas Miller
Joel Thomas Miller

Peace Corps volunteer

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Steve Miller
Steve Miller

High school math teacher

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Marya Morris
Marya Morris

City planner

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Shanna Moore
Shanna Moore

Writer and actor

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Wendi Nelson
Wendi Nelson

Salesforce consultant

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Christopher Nemeth
Christopher Nemeth

Naval officer & research engineer

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Suzanne Nice
Suzanne Nice

Psychologist

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Melissa Perrin
Melissa Perrin

Clinical psychologist

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James Petersen
James Petersen

Playboy sex editor (yes, really!)

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Phyllis Porche
Phyllis Porche

College professor

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Anne Purky
Anne Purky

Disability advocate

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David Quach
David Quach

Data scientist

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Abhishek Ravi
Abhishek Ravi

MBA Student

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Teresa Rawlings
Teresa Rawlings

Operations manager

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Annalise Raziq
Annalise Raziq

Healthcare project manager

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Sheri Reda
Sheri Reda

Editor & poet

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Victoria Reeves
Victoria Reeves

Writer and creativity coach

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Nancy Sack
Nancy Sack

Educator & children's book author

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Jeremy Schaefer
Jeremy Schaefer

Arts educator

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Annie Share
Annie Share

Social worker

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Emily Schleiger
Emily Schleiger

Freelance writer

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Scott Schoeller
Scott Schoeller

Owner, landscaping business

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Tim Schreiber
Tim Schreiber

At-home dad

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Gabriel Sheridan
Gabriel Sheridan

Grammar school teacher

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Tim Sisk
Tim Sisk

Software developer

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Francesca Sobrer
Francesca Sobrer

Theatrical director and acting teacher

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Carrie Soukup
Carrie Soukup

At-home mom

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Mike Speller
Mike Speller

Actor

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Sara Stephens
Sara Stephens

College English teacher

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Rosanna Stevens
Rosanna Stevens

Researcher & musician

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Jed Stone
Jed Stone

Criminal defense attorney

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Ann Tennes
Ann Tennes

Municipal communications director

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Paul Teodo
Paul Teodo

Healthcare executive

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Bridget Schank
Bridget Schank

Community volunteer

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Chris Trani
Chris Trani

Stand-up comic & documentary filmmaker

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Roisleen Todd
Roisleen Todd

Preschool teacher, Chicago Public Schools

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Grace Topinka
Grace Topinka

Production accountant

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Peter Travis
Peter Travis

Nutrition sales rep

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Evelyn Troutman
Evelyn Troutman

Server, poet, comic, rapper

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Vincent Truman
Vincent Truman

Management consultant

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Shamontiel Vaughn
Shamontiel Vaughn

Freelance editor and writer

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JulieAnn Villa
JulieAnn Villa

High school chemistry teacher

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David Weiner
David Weiner

Property manager

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Scott Whitehair
Scott Whitehair

Teacher & coach

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Lawrence Wood
Lawrence Wood

Attorney & lecturer on poverty law, University of Chicago

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Rory Zacher
Rory Zacher

Manufacturer's rep & actor

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Josh Zagoren
Josh Zagoren

Puppeteer & Artistic Director, Wildclaw Theater

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