WE ARE BACK!
Proof of vaccination required.
Please see below for full safety precautions.
OUR NEXT SHOW IS ON NOVEMBER 17TH
Over the last 10+ years, we have provided the space for OVER 700 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.
of Every Month
at our temporary new home
2050 W Pensacola Ave.
North Center, Chicago
7:30 PM (doors at 7:00)
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.
SAFETY PROTOCOL FOR OUR TEMPORARY HOME
- Proof of vaccination will be required for entry. Paper or a picture on your phone will be fine.
- Ravenswood UCC is a huge venue, seating 400+ in regular times. We will spread out to maintain lots of spacing.
- Proper masks will be required at all times (No gaiters or bandanas please.)
- Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available for all.
- Unmasked performers will be at least 20 feet away from audience while speaking.
- Mic and stands will be sanitized between performers.
- If you feel sick or symptomatic at all, or have a known exposure, we expect you to stay home!
Garth A. Fowler lives, runs, and writes in Chicago. A former professor of neuroscience, a consultant for colleges and universities, and a certified triathlon coach, Garth is currently trying out semi-retirement. He studied psychology as an undergraduate at The College of Wooster and went to get his PhD in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has published articles on career preparation for young scientists and humorous stories on being a scientist in the highly regarded journal Science. An avid storyteller you can find him performing at events in Chicago and can follow find him @GarthAFowler1 on Twitter, @GarthAFower on Instagram, and you can learn about his events and performances through Facebook and his calendar of events at GarthAFowler.com. He published his first young adult novel, Calm Undone, in October of 2021.
Dee Fuller grew up in New York and New Jersey then lived in Los Angeles for 20 years. A change of plans found her moving to Chicagoland in 2014. She's often told she's a good storyteller but always dismissed it as a nice way of saying she talks too much. The truth is she has always had a passion for storytelling. She worked in film and television as a costumer, wardrobe supervisor, and stylist assistant. At the same time, she spent many years as a tour guide and reenactor at Heritage Square Museum in Highland Park. She took a break to raise two kids as a stay-at-home mom, but she never stopped telling stories. She now has time to pursue her multiple passions, which include dance, history, horror, art, and storytelling. She teaches music and movements to toddlers and preschoolers during the day and scares adults as costume manager and haunter at Massacre Haunted House at night. Story Lab is her first official storytelling event.
Laurel Poe Gallagher
Bio and Photo Coming Soon!
Joel Thomas Miller (he/him) loves live performance first and foremost. He has told stories for OUTspoken, Homolatte, Bell Box, First Person Live, Do Not Submit, the Trap Door (Fort Wayne, IN) and the Story Sessions open mics. As a writer and performer, he has worked with ShowParty, the Chicago 24-Hour Monologue Festival, and Chicago Dramatists' 48-Hour Play Festival. Recently, he took a turn as his burlesque persona, Joelie Folle, for Boylesque's Digital Halloween Special. When he's not dreaming up the next bit for a show, he's probably looking at his houseplants or playing his blue ukulele.
An actor, filmmaker, musician, and photographer from Chicago. Aaron was born in Columbia, SC and grew up in Evanston, IL. After graduating from Boston College with a degree in International Studies, Aaron returned to Chicago to pursue acting and film. He has worked in the industry in a variety of roles as an actor, director, post-production manager, and producer.
Molly Sider grew up in the Chicago suburbs, but as soon as she was old enough, she ditched the Midwest for San Francisco. When the sun became too strong for her pale skin, she moved to New York City where she began her boozy career in the wine industry. A few years ago, Molly relocated back to Chicago where until recently she continued slinging wine for a living. She survives the brutal winters here by listening to other people tell stories, and sometimes she reciprocates by telling one of her own.
Scott Whitehair (Host)
Scott Whitehair is a storyteller, teacher, and producer living in Chicago, IL. He is the producer of This Much Is True, Chicago's longest running monthly personal narrative series, creator of Story Lab Chicago, which has put 700+ new storytellers on stage since 2011, and director of Do Not Submit, a grassroots network of open mics across the city bringing people together to connect with each other. Scott tells anywhere someone will listen, including The National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place, Steppenwolf Theater, the historic Green Mill, and on NPR, the Risk podcast, and Siruis XM. He is a frequent guest instructor at the city's top universities, and his personal narrative class has been selling out every month since 2012. Scott is in demand as a coach and trainer, spending his days helping individuals, companies, and non-profits develop their voices as storytellers. In 2014, he was the featured instructor at Hong Kong Story Worthy Week, headlined by David Sedaris, and in 2015 taught an intensive at All Hallows College in Dublin.
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.