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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

Emma Alamo
Emma Alamo

Leatherware designer

Rebecca Anderson
Rebecca Anderson

Pastor

David Barish
David Barish

Attorney

Linda Beckstrom
Linda Beckstrom

Creative director

Kevin Biolsi
Kevin Biolsi

Statistician

Adam Bottner
Adam Bottner

Legal eagle

Elizabeth Brown
Elizabeth Brown

Pathologist

Kim Buck
Kim Buck

High-tech marketer

Sarah Bunger
Sarah Bunger

English teacher

Nancy Burkholder
Nancy Burkholder

Market researcher

Elizabeth Cambridge
Elizabeth Cambridge

Customer service representative

Jimmy Carrane
Jimmy Carrane

Improv teacher

Ian Carswell
Ian Carswell

Entrepreneur, inventor, and investor

Sean Casten
Sean Casten

Congressman (D-IL) & scientist

Ada Cheng
Ada Cheng

College professor

Nancy Chovansek
Nancy Chovansek

Dog Whisperer

Shawn Cobb
Shawn Cobb

Railroad mechanic

Ellis Cohn
Ellis Cohn

Salesforce trainer

MT Cozzola
MT Cozzola

Freelance writer

Susan Cramm
Susan Cramm

Labor union administator

Kevin D'Ambrosio
Kevin D'Ambrosio

Disability advocate

David Deal
David Deal

Corporate consultant

Marion Deal
Marion Deal

High school student

Jaime de Leon
Jaime de Leon

Cook County government employee

Tiffani Desrosiers
Tiffani Desrosiers

Nonprofit program manager

Erin Diamond
Erin Diamond

Comedian

Stephanie Douglass
Stephanie Douglass

Organic farmer

Lindsay Eanet
Lindsay Eanet

Executive Director, Northcenter chamber of commerce

Melissa Earley
Melissa Earley

Pastor

Luanne Eisenhardt
Luanne Eisenhardt

Nuclear weapons facility recruiter

David Fink
David Fink

Theatrical producer

Mary Fleming
Mary Fleming

Nonprofit office manager

Chris Forte
Chris Forte

Dentist

Jennifer Garcia
Jennifer Garcia

High school student

Margaret Ghielmetti
Margaret Ghielmetti

World traveller

Larry Glazer
Larry Glazer

Broadcast ad man

Steve Glickman
Steve Glickman

Software engineer

Nestor Gomez
Nestor Gomez

Lyft driver & T-shirt designer

James Gordon
James Gordon

Actor

Anne Gottschalk
Anne Gottschalk

Litigation paralegal

JR Cillian Green
JR Cillian Green

Divinity student

Susan Haarmon
Susan Haarmon

College administrator & chaplain

John Hahm
John Hahm

High school teacher

Don Hall
Don Hall

Live events producer

Jim Hermann
Jim Hermann

Attorney

Noelle Hedges-Goettl
Noelle Hedges-Goettl

Production manager, Chicago Children's Theater

Darren Hill
Darren Hill

Actor & playwright

David Himmel
David Himmel

Journalist & writer

Jill Howe
Jill Howe

English tutor

Gina Howley
Gina Howley

At-home mom

Lauren Huffman
Lauren Huffman

Senior advertising manager

Marko Ivanov
Marko Ivanov

Market strategist

Stacy Jaffe
Stacy Jaffe

Preschool teacher

Allyson Jannotta
Allyson Jannotta

Life coach

Sarah Leibov
Sarah Leibov

Feldenkrais practitioner

Jitesh Jaggi
Jitesh Jaggi

Docent, Indo-American Heritage Museum

Archy Jamjun
Archy Jamjun

College student & writer

Matt Jones
Matt Jones

At-home dad

Diane Kastiel
Diane Kastiel

Entrepreneur

Ken Kaye
Ken Kaye

Child psychologist

Lauren Kelliher
Lauren Kelliher

Dog photographer and rescuer

Bryan Kett
Bryan Kett

Copywriter

Sann Knipple
Sann Knipple

Business manager

Ardyth Krause
Ardyth Krause

Professor of social work

Carly Lacombe
Carly Lacombe

High school English teacher

Megan Lavery
Megan Lavery

High school health teacher

Drew Love
Drew Love

Animator

Steve Magnino
Steve Magnino

Market researcher

PJ Malin
PJ Malin

Pastor

Donna Martin
Donna Martin

Relocation coordinator

Risa McDonell
Risa McDonell

Higher education consultant

Tony Mendoza
Tony Mendoza

Mixed media maven

Joel Thomas Miller
Joel Thomas Miller

Peace Corps volunteer

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

High school math teacher

Marya Morris
Marya Morris

City planner

Shanna Moore
Shanna Moore

Writer and actor

Wendi Nelson
Wendi Nelson

Salesforce consultant

Christopher Nemeth
Christopher Nemeth

Naval officer & research engineer

Suzanne Nice
Suzanne Nice

Psychologist

Melissa Perrin
Melissa Perrin

Clinical psychologist

James Petersen
James Petersen

Playboy sex editor (yes, really!)

Phyllis Porche
Phyllis Porche

College professor

Anne Purky
Anne Purky

Disability advocate

David Quach
David Quach

Data scientist

Abhishek Ravi
Abhishek Ravi

MBA Student

Teresa Rawlings
Teresa Rawlings

Operations manager

Annalise Raziq
Annalise Raziq

Healthcare project manager

Sheri Reda
Sheri Reda

Editor & poet

Victoria Reeves
Victoria Reeves

Writer and creativity coach

Nancy Sack
Nancy Sack

Educator & children's book author

Jeremy Schaefer
Jeremy Schaefer

Arts educator

Annie Share
Annie Share

Social worker

Emily Schleiger
Emily Schleiger

Freelance writer

Scott Schoeller
Scott Schoeller

Owner, landscaping business

Tim Schreiber
Tim Schreiber

At-home dad

Gabriel Sheridan
Gabriel Sheridan

Grammar school teacher

Tim Sisk
Tim Sisk

Software developer

Francesca Sobrer
Francesca Sobrer

Theatrical director and acting teacher

Carrie Soukup
Carrie Soukup

At-home mom

Mike Speller
Mike Speller

Actor

Sara Stephens
Sara Stephens

College English teacher

Rosanna Stevens
Rosanna Stevens

Researcher & musician

Jed Stone
Jed Stone

Criminal defense attorney

Ann Tennes
Ann Tennes

Municipal communications director

Paul Teodo
Paul Teodo

Healthcare executive

Bridget Schank
Bridget Schank

Community volunteer

Chris Trani
Chris Trani

Stand-up comic & documentary filmmaker

Roisleen Todd
Roisleen Todd

Preschool teacher, Chicago Public Schools

Grace Topinka
Grace Topinka

Production accountant

Peter Travis
Peter Travis

Nutrition sales rep

Evelyn Troutman
Evelyn Troutman

Server, poet, comic, rapper

Vincent Truman
Vincent Truman

Management consultant

Shamontiel Vaughn
Shamontiel Vaughn

Freelance editor and writer

JulieAnn Villa
JulieAnn Villa

High school chemistry teacher

David Weiner
David Weiner

Property manager

Scott Whitehair
Scott Whitehair

Teacher & coach

Lawrence Wood
Lawrence Wood

Attorney & lecturer on poverty law, University of Chicago

Rory Zacher
Rory Zacher

Manufacturer's rep & actor

Josh Zagoren
Josh Zagoren

Puppeteer & Artistic Director, Wildclaw Theater