Over the last 8+ years, we have provided the space for nearly 600 people from every walk of life and experience level to share their true personal stories with packed houses of attentive listeners. Each show is an unpredictable mix of the hilarious and the heartbreaking featuring memorable tales from your friends, neighbors, and fellow Chicagoans.
Come hear what people are saying, then get involved.
Third Wednesday of Every Month
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
3905 N Lincoln Avenue
(Doors at 6:00. Please arrive early if you are dining.)
New Voices Telling New Stories
Join us for an intimate evening of storytelling in the cozy back room of one of Chicago's best pubs. Each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers will share their stories. Hosted by Scott Whitehair.
Our next performance is on
Wednesday, January 16th,
Katherine Hermina, a Wisconsin native, has been a Chicago city girl the last 11 years. Her 10 year old German Shepherd has been a part of the adventure. Having a background in laboratory medicine along with a Masters in Business landed her the position of technical buyer by day. Driven by unnatural curiosity, Katherine set a goal a few years ago to experience new hobbies and explore this beautiful city while doing so during her free time in the evenings/weekends. Storytelling quickly became an area of fascination that she wanted to explore more. Along with Scott Whitehair’s class, her toastmasters club became a breeding ground for exploring different storytelling techniques and is still working on developing this skillset to become a better public speaker.
Having grown up in a dance studio, Donna brings a theatricality to everyday life, usually involving accessories and embellishment. During her 35 years teaching high school Drama, Donna directed a lot of good stories. Her recent work with the underserved community has taken her down a new and heartbreaking path that requires no exaggeration. At home, she’s a collector of vintage costumes and anything kitsch. You say “Drama Queen” like it’s a bad thing.
Madeline (Maddie) Mitchell is a student at Miami University of Ohio and will be graduating this May with degrees in journalism and theatre. She's an Aurora native and attended Waubonsie Valley High School prior to Miami. Maddie has performed in multiple plays throughout her life, from being an ensemble member in Oklahoma! at age 5, to this past semester portraying the role of Kylie in Naomi Iizuka's Good Kids. Last summer she worked at The Cincinnati Enquirer as a breaking news intern, and at Miami she is an editor for the culture section of the student newspaper. Aside from her passion for storytelling, Maddie also has a passion for travel. She has been to 13 countries and is excited to add the United Kingdom to her list this June.
Alison Murphy is a writer and military brat, who spends most of her time teaching creative writing, taking her 10-year-old basset hound Murray to the park, and finishing up her first novel, about the second intifada in Israel and the Iraq War. She recently moved from Boston to Chicago, and likes Chicago better.
Charles Murphy is a musician and teacher who lives for the sound of several people singing together with varying degrees of accuracy. He was born and raised in north Alabama but has lived in Chicago the past 12 years.
Stacy Stoltz has been making theatre in Chicago for over 20 years. She’s an actor and she’s also directed and created documentary plays with Erasing the Distance. She’s a company member with The House Theatre of Chicago and has worked at a bunch of other theatre’s but her big moment was playing Stella in the critically acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire at Writers’ Theatre. She recently started writing because waiting for satisfying roles for middle aged women was making her anxious. So she’s writing a play - which she finds both thrilling and terrifying. It’s saving her life. But it also might kill her. She’s very dramatic and she wishes she had more comedic instincts. Seriously. She loves story telling and she’s very excited about her recent discovery of Story Lab and the dozens of other story events that happen around Chicago. She lives in Bridgeport with her dog Ozzy and her husband - director, fight choreographer Matt Hawkins.
Drink and Dine
Mrs. Murphy & Sons generously offers a $10 burger and beer special on show nights. No better way to enjoy stories than with a full stomach and a cold one in your hand.
Tell YOUR Story
Story Lab Chicago is open to anyone wanting to share his or her story, regardless of experience or background. Click here for more details on getting started.
Take a Class
Do you feel like you need a little more guidance and experience before taking the stage? Click here for more details.