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Truth Be Told II with Scott Whitehair

A Night of Personal Storytelling from the Heart

Day(s): Saturday May 6, 8:00pm
Time(s): 8:00 pm (doors open 7:30)
Location: John & Nancy Hughes Theater


In response to high demand, Gorton is bringing you another night of personal Storytelling with Scott Whitehair on May 6th in our John & Nancy Hughes theater!

You've enjoyed personal stories on NPR while sitting at your desk or driving home, but it simply can't compare to the intimate experience of live, face-to-face storytelling. On May 6th, come listen to another amazing lineup of tellers share the heartbreaking, the hilarious, and everything in between.



8 p.m. showtime/ doors open 7:30 p.m.

cash bar

Jasmin Cardenas is a Colombian-American bilingual Storyteller, Actress, Educator and Activist who was recently featured at The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. Jasmin enjoys exploring the uncomfortable truths found when you grow up between cultures. Her one-woman show, ¿Niña Buena? is a coming of age story highlighting the joys and challenges of being Latina y Americana and has been toured in the Midwest and to Mexico. In 2013, Jasmin was awarded The Race Bridges Storytelling Fellowship. A 2nd Story regular Jasmin's stories can be hear via podcast.  Jasmin regularly tours her bilingual storytelling program Cuentos from the Americas locally & nationally. Jasmin is professional actress, an ensemble member of UrbanTheater Company and has performed at The Goodman Theater, Lookingglass Theater and Lifeline to name a few. Jasmin is a proud SAG-AFTRA member who’s TV Credits Include ABC's Betrayal & NBC's Chicago Fire. Jasmin is lucky enough to have a husband who makes her laugh and two beautiful little people and she wants you to know that sleep is NOT overrated and to watch all the scary movies you can BEFORE you have kids cuz it'll never be the same again!  FB Page: JasminCardenasCreates.

Jacoby Cochran hails from the southside, and has lived and performed in too many neighborhoods to list. Jacoby’s stage presence is one of a kind as he journeys with the audience through his often improvised stories of life’s innocent moments turned real blending humor, heartbreak, and the intersection that is being a black dude in America. With a Masters in Communication from Syracuse University, he has worked both inside and outside the classroom with thousands of students hosting public speaking and story telling workshops across the nation. Jacoby has been featured by NPR, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and is the only Four-Time Collegiate Top Speaker in the Country. A long way for the kid who growing up teachers described as, “a headache who wouldn’t shut the hell up!”


Rives Collins is a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University, where he has taught in the Department of Theatre for the past thirty years. A specialist in the areas of Storytelling, Theatre for Young Audiences, and Drama in Education, he is the recipient of the Clarence Simon Award for Outstanding Faculty Member and the Galbut Award for Outstanding Mentor. In 2016, he was invited by the New Visions/New Voices program of the Kennedy Center to direct a staged reading of Ever in the Glades by playwright Laura Schellhardt; a production that will return to the Kennedy Center in the spring of 2018. Also that year, he delivered the keynote address at the National Storytelling Conference, celebrating the role of storytelling in the 21st century. He is looking forward to reprising the presentation at The Cradle of Creativity conference in Cape Town, South Africa in May of 2017.  In addition, he is an Associate Artist at Adventure Stage Chicago where he has recently directed two world-premiere plays. A lover of stories since he could talk, he is featured regularly as a professional storyteller and keynote speaker at festivals, schools, libraries, businesses, and museums, proclaiming that, “Storytelling is at the heart of everything I do.”  He is the co-author with Pamela Cooper of The Power of Story: Teaching Through Storytelling.  As an active member and past president of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and as a current board member of the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America, he works with an international community of artists, educators, and scholars to champion the cause of drama and theatre in the lives of young people.


Don Hall is an events consultant, an artistic mercenary, and a pirate king. In the past thirty years, Don has worn many hats - former public school music teacher, veteran Moth StorySlam host, Off Loop theatrical producer, the decade-long Director of Events for WBEZ and House Manager of NPR’s “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!”, retired professional trumpet player, and one-time homeless busker.  Like each random gig is a chapter in a truly strange novel. He lives above a bar in Wicker Park with his brilliant poet/musician wife, Dana Jerman.  Go to his website donhallchicago.comfor more info.



Anne Van der Vort Purky grew up in Lake Forest, and graduated from LFHS and Northwestern. She studied Film and Television at N.U. And her first job out of college was as a production assistant on "The Blues Brothers." She then moved to L.A. And began working as a production coordinator on big budget T.V. Commercials, music videos, and independant films (most notibly the cult classic "Repo Man"). She moved back to Chicago and continued to work as a production coordinator. In 2004 Anne and her husband and daughter moved back to Lake Forest. Anne became active in the LDA and became a passionate advocate for her differently abled daughter. Through a writing teacher, and classes at the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Anne learned about the vibrant community of storytelling in Chicago. Anne began writing personal narrative and over the last two years has performed at Louder than a Mom, Tellin' Tales, Short Story Theatre,  Story Jam, and Story Lab. Anne is thrilled to be back at Gorton, site of her talent show at LFHS, with many wonderful memories. Anne is so pleased to be bringing storytelling to Lake Forest, with the idea that "we are bringing the city to Lake Forest!" 



Maria Vorhis is a writer/performer, teaching artist, filmmaker, and human. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Theatre Arts where she was introduced to the wonderful world of clown, which has become the guiding force of her creative work. She tours her one-woman show “Are You There, George?” through living rooms, and in 2014, was awarded “#1 Newbie of MN Fringe” by vita.mn. Film credits include web series, “Sad Dad” and feature film, “These Hopeless Savages,” for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by The Wild Rose Film Festival. In June of 2016 she wrote, produced, and acted in a short film, “Sexpert Franzen.” Maria currently teaches improvisational storytelling to seniors with memory loss and co-hosts Do Not Submit in Albany Park, a storytelling open-mic the last Monday of every month. You can read about her clown, Petunia, on her blog, hands and feet, in which she documents Petunia's adventures driving around Chicago. www.mariavorhis.com




Scott Whitehair is the producer of This Much Is True, one of Chicago's longest running storytelling series, the creator of Story Lab Chicago, recently mentioned in Newsweek and Forbes, and the director of Do Not Submit, a citywide network of open mics with the goal of creating connection and empathy among neighbors. He has told stories anywhere someone will listen, including at Steppenwolf Theater, Second City, and The Woodstock Opera House, and on NPR, Sirius XM, and The Risk Podcast. Scott's independent class has been selling out monthly for the last 5 years, and he is in demand as a coach for corporations, non-profits, and individuals. In 2014, he was the featured instructor at Hong Kong Story Week, headlined by David Sedaris, and recently taught a course at All Hallow's College in Dublin. Scott is on the board of directors for The National Storytelling Network and can be found grilling, napping, or sitting in a sauna during his downtime.  




Megan Wells is a bridge teller – one foot in the new movement of personal telling and the other foot in the traditional model.  She has been a full-time professional touring storyteller for 25 years.  What that really means is Megan knows a lot of folk and fairy stories, epic stories, world myth and historical stories and she tells them anywhere, everywhere and a lot.  Credits include Guest Artist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, yearly teller with the Chicago Public Library as well as libraries, schools, museums, book clubs, major storytelling festivals and theaters.  Recently named an Oracle by the National Storytelling Network, Megan was inducted into America’s Circle of Excellence in Storytelling.  On the other foot, Megan is a passionate supporter of this exciting new movement of personal narrative and thrives on its intimacy, heart and edge.  I guess you could say she’s some kind of story fanatic.  There is a theater passion too, and a bio for that, but you can see that at www.meganwells.com.



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