Over the last 11+ years, we have provided the space for OVER 750 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.
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3rd Thursday of
Mrs. Murphy & Sons
3905 N Lincoln Ave., 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.
October 19th Cast
David Falk has been living in Chicago since rent was $240 a month, utilities included. His trajectory has been anything but linear. He grew up in northern New Jersey, received a priceless degree in theater from Ohio University, and has managed to always live less than a mile from the lake. He has stage managed, worked in advertising, marketing, taught special ed, worked in a children’s psych unit, and is currently a freelance writer/marketer by day and a “beer wench” at Dovetail Brewery by night. Cooking, hosting parties, traveling, and long bike trips up big mountains (without a motor) to raise money for environmental causes, keeps things interesting. David is happy to share his enthusiasm for life with his stories and have a captive audience.
Kate is a professional over-thinker and rabbit-hole-follower. She grew up moving from state to state, and she even managed to live outside the country for the entirety of the Trump presidency. Now she’s happy to be a newcomer to Chicago with her husband, Chihuahua, and Pomeranian.
Theresa has been surrounded and immersed in stories of all kinds her entire life. She is the fifth of eight children of a German nurse and an Irish librarian. She is a retired CPS middle school teacher and a current adult ed ESL teacher. She is married to Mr Fixit and is a mom of two brilliant humans, a destiny dog, a sweet, senior dog with dementia and a very curious cat. She walks a million steps a season, loves to read and travel and is on the perpetual search for balance.
Maggie was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. She is the youngest of four siblings and really enjoys spending time with family and friends. Maggie likes new adventures, traveling to new places, outdoor music festivals and reading a good paperback. Maggie is a middle school Media Arts teacher in Lake Forest and throughly enjoys sharing her passion for the arts with students. She is very excited to be doing her first storytelling event and she hopes you enjoy a story about her past. She currently lives in Lake Bluff with her husband and two kids.
Johnny Siharis is a native Chicagoan who regularly crosses the line between the creative and the analytic. A top student, Johnny enjoyed performing on stage from an early age. In 8th grade, he played charismatic show producer Charlie Davenport in “Annie Get Your Gun”. As a high school senior, he led the tenor section of his school’s extracurricular singing ensemble and performed the bass solo from “The Magnificat” in its annual holiday choral concert. His analytic skills landed him on television, representing his school on Chicago’s “It’s Academic”. After high school, Johnny turned his attention to developing a professional career, earning licenses as an Attorney and CPA. As you might expect, it wasn’t long before the arts came calling again. While serving as a Deputy Public Defender, Johnny returned to the stage to act, sing, and dance in the DuPage County Bar Association’s annual talent show. A few years later, he worked on two major film projects that were shooting in Chicago. Though he hasn’t quit his day job (yet!), Johnny has continued to work on both sides of the fence ever since. Johnny Siharis is represented by Makai Magat-Davis and Ella Patino at The Rock Talent Agency in Chicago.
Rose Spinelli is a Chicago native who lives in Rogers Park with Peter, Ralphie, Corey, A.J. and The Professor. She coincidentally? fortuitously? ironically? teaches a Public Speaking class at Loyola University. Getting up in front of a crowd with great courage gives her skin in the game. Plus she has things to say.
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.
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