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TELLER GALLERY

Since our debut in January of 2017, First Person Live has given more than 80 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 executives and students, cab drivers and software engineers, dentists and farmers, teachers, mechanics, lawyers, puppeteers - we even added a congressman this year (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

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

Sean Casten
Sean Casten

Congressman (D-IL) & scientist

Chad the Bird
Chad the Bird

Journalist & podcaster

Ada Cheng
Ada Cheng

College professor

Nancy Chovansek
Nancy Chovansek

Dog Whisperer

Shawn Cobb
Shawn Cobb

Railroad mechanic

Ellis Cohn
Ellis Cohn

Salesforce trainer

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

Tiffani Desrosiers
Tiffani Desrosiers

Nonprofit program manager

Erin Diamond
Erin Diamond

Comedian

Stephanie Douglass
Stephanie Douglass

Organic farmer

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

Margaret Ghielmetti
Margaret Ghielmetti

World traveller

Steve Glickman
Steve Glickman

Software engineer

Nestor Gomez
Nestor Gomez

Lyft driver & T-shirt designer

James Gordon
James Gordon

Actor

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

Noelle Hedges-Goettl
Noelle Hedges-Goettl

Production manager, Chicago Children's Theater

Darren Hill
Darren Hill

Actor & playwright

David Himmel
David Himmel

Journalist

Jill Howe
Jill Howe

English tutor

Gina Howley
Gina Howley

At-home mom

Lauren Huffman
Lauren Huffman

Senior advertising manager

Mark Ivanov
Mark Ivanov

Market strategist

Stacy Jaffe
Stacy Jaffe

Preschool teacher

Archy Jamjun
Archy Jamjun

College student & writer

Matt Jones
Matt Jones

At-home dad

Diane Kastiel
Diane Kastiel

Entrepreneur

Ardyth Krause
Ardyth Krause

Professor of social work

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

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

High school math teacher

Shanna Moore
Shanna Moore

Writer & actor

Christopher Nemeth
Christopher Nemeth

Naval officer & research engineer

Suzanne Nice
Suzanne Nice

Psychologist

James Petersen
James Petersen

Playboy sex editor (yes, really!)

Phyllis Porche
Phyllis Porche

College professor

Teresa Rawlings
Teresa Rawlings

Operations manager

Annalise Raziq
Annalise Raziq

Healthcare project manager

Sheri Reda
Sheri Reda

Editor & poet

Nancy Sack
Nancy Sack

Educator & children's book author

Jeremy Schaefer
Jeremy Schaefer

Arts educator

Emily Schleiger
Emily Schleiger

Freelance writer

Gabriel Sheridan
Gabriel Sheridan

Grammar school teacher

Tim Sisk
Tim Sisk

Software developer

Carrie Soukup
Carrie Soukup

At-home mom

Sara Stephens
Sara Stephens

College English teacher

Rosanna Stevens
Rosanna Stevens

Researcher & musician

Ann Tennes
Ann Tennes

Municipal communications director

Paul Teodo
Paul Teodo

Healthcare executive

Chris Trani
Chris Trani

Stand-up comic & documentary filmmaker

Vincent Truman
Vincent Truman

Management consultant

David Weiner
David Weiner

Property manager

Scott Whitehair
Scott Whitehair

Teacher & coach

Rory Zacher
Rory Zacher

Actor

Josh Zagoren
Josh Zagoren

Puppeteer & Artistic Director, Wildclaw Theater