The feature list is going up late, but it is going up awesome! Look forward to seeing you soon.
Paulette McDaniels has more then 25 years of experience in the arts. She is the author of A Deathly Silence commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services for World AIDS Day. Ms. McDaniels has served as a community organizer in the Middle East, Europe and America. The grandmother of two, she studied at Northwestern University and Yorkshire College in the UK. She is co-author of Achmed’s Return: Legend of the Lost City, and is currently working on a Christian comedy, 10 Plagues.
Ruth Kaufman is the co-author of Find Your Inner Fabulous, a roadmap to greater self-esteem, which won a national 2012 Indie Excellence award. Her true story “The Scrinch,” is in St. Martin’s Press’s anthology The Spirit of Christmas. She won Romance Writers of America’s national 2011 Golden Heart® award for best inspirational manuscript. An attorney with a Master’s in TV/Radio, Ruth is a voiceover and on-camera talent with years of corporate training, sales and marketing experience. Recent credits include the Biography Channel’s Vantage Point and narration for several e-learning courses. She presents workshops on topics including Pitching with Confidence and Improv for Authors. Learn more at ruthtalks.com.
Brian Posen PerformInk has called Brian Posen one of the most influential people in the Chicago theater scene & New City named Brian as one of the top 30 Players who really perform in Chicago. Brian is the Artistic Director of Stage 773, Street Tempo Theatre & Liminality Theatre. He in the founder and Executive Producer of The Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival (“A raging Lakeview comedic beast” -Chicago Tribune), as well as the founder and director of The Cupid Players (“Best Sketch Comedy Group in Chicago”-Chicago Reader). Posen has been active in the Chicago theater scene for over 20 years as an actor, producer, director, and teacher. Brian’s past theater company has received several awards including ‘Jeff’ and ‘After Dark’ awards. He is program head at the Second City Training Center, where he has been teaching improvisation since 1993, as well as teaching at Columbia College Chicago since 1994. Brian has also taught in countless number of institutions, including Actors Theater in Louisville and Steppenwolf Theater. He has performed in and directed hundreds of productions. Brian received his MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois. He is a member of SAG and AFTRA. Brian is also an ordained Minister.
Darren Stephens The name Darren Stephens has been a part of the ad game for a
long time. The name you recognize has a voice you’ve heard on hundreds of television and radio spots. Clients include McDonald’s, Friendly’s Restaurants, Chase Bank, Allstate, Stanley Tools, OfficeMax, Ford, Lincoln-Mercury and countless others.
You can count on this versatile talent in other areas as well, including as a presenter, show host and emcee, and as a public address “Voice of God” for corporate events or stadium shows. Use his voice on your next phone system/VRU project, video narration or audiobook. If it involves words — written, spoken, or recorded — go to the name you already know. That also means he can write copy for your commercial or narration, or edit and adapt something already created.
Darren has performed in regional theater around the country and in Chicago, and in improvisational comedy groups such as Baby Wants Candy, Cast On A Hot Tin Roof, Flanagan’s Wake and in the Second City House Improv Musical Ensemble. Harmony singing groups include The Four Guys Standing Around Singing, Relative Obscurity and The Famous Brothers, currently performing original humorous songs in three-part bluegrass harmony. As a master of ceremonies or show host Darren has worked for trade shows, sales meetings, the Screen Actors Guild Awards Benefit at the Hard Rock Café and the City of Chicago Birthday Celebration. Darren has a B.F.A. in Speech and Theatre, and an M.F.A. in Acting from Ohio University.
Robert Brown Robert Brown is a writer, performance artist, and educator from Kansas City, Missouri, where he has twice held the title of Last Poet Standing. A Real Talk Avenue Artist, Brown lives in Chicago, IL, where he studies poetry at Columbia College. A part from his own studies, Robert busies his thumpin’ bumpin’ brain as a teaching artist at the American Jazz Museum. Robert works as a Writing Consultant by day and a broom-flying instructor by night. He is working, prayerfully, on his first full-length book of poems, tentatively titled Grapevine.
1225 West Belmont
Sunday July 1st
Free if you bring food