May 6th’s line up is full of people we cherish. And that’s really a large part of what we hope to bring to you at these shows: people we really believe you need to see and hear and get to interact with. This group in particular holds some special gems for us. All of them are people we’ve gotten to see, perform with, and some of them to really know.
Marty Schousboe and Morgan Lord are Sweathearts. Though not traditional storytellers their debut at Sketchfest 2012 as well as their fantastic work with the iO Harold team Inkling brought them to our attention. Sweathearts are currently working on a series of shorts and stand by the belief that as miserable as everything might be, they can still be happy.
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Stephanie McCullough, Psy.D. has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and practiced for three post-graduate years before tossing it to the wind and touring as the music director for Second City’s BlueCo in 2004. Prior to all of that, she had attended the College Conservatory of Music for her undergraduate degree in Music Composition and Piano performance in Cincinnati, Ohio which helped her decide that she’d never make a living as a musician and changed her career path to psychology in the 1990’s. Stephanie wrote her first piano piece, Clown Waltz in F, at the age of 4 and has been putting together both silly and sincere songs ever since. Moving to Chicago and becoming exposed to the improv scene is what brought her full-circle to making music again on a daily basis.
Stephanie has been co-writing musical comedies, averaging one-per-year since 1999, and to some critical acclaim. Four musicals alone were co-written with SC alum Peter Gwinn who went on to be an emmy-award winning writer for The Colbert Report. Her music improv roots began with iO and ComedySportz, and eventually led her to work along side some phenomenal Second City alum like Jim Zulevick and groups like GayCo and The Galileo Players. Stephanie now counts her blessings daily that she has the opportunity to work as a music director, teacher, and composer at the Second City Training Center on a full-time basis. Collaborating on original comedic songs, improvising musical scenes, and being surrounded daily by some of the top comedic and musical talent in this country is a dream-come-true.
Valentine meeting the Here’s the Story crew now seems clandestine. Since graduating with a Theater degree from a private catholic womens college in 2008 she has spent the recession tuning in and selling out. Valentine moved to Chicago a year ago from Indiana, the good part. And finds that preparing for these story events is really fast tracking her memoirs.
Bill Hillmann is a writer and storyteller from Chicago. He has been a Contributing Editor to F Magazine and a Staff Writer for Criminal Class Press. Excerpts from his novel in progress, Bryn Mawr, have been broadcast on London’s Resonance FM, appeared online at Foggedclarity.com and in Cubbie Blue’s Anthology. His Poetry and Essays have appeared in Make Magazine. His award-winning audio essays have been broadcast by Chicago Public Radio’s 848, Worldview, and Public Radio International’s The World, and he was also featured on NPR’s The Story. Hillmann is the founder and host of the internationally acclaimed storytelling series Windy City Story Slam, and is an MFA candidate in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. He’s also a former Chicago Golden Gloves Champion, a Union Local 2 Laborer in good standing, and every summer for eight mornings in July he is one of many mozos.
David Boyd joined Edward Jones as a financial advisor in 1998, opening the firm’s 4,398th branch office in Northville, MI. He became a limited partner with Edward Jones in 2008.
He was named a regional leader in 2009, and today is responsible for 83 financial advisors in an area encompassing metropolitan Detroit.
He attended The University of Michigan and graduated in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. CFP® Certification The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. awards CFP® certification to individuals who meet the board’s requirements for professionalism in financial services. To gain
certification, a financial advisor must pass the CFP® Certification Examination and the CFP Board’s Fitness Standards for Candidates and Registrants, agree to abide by the CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and
Professional Responsibility and comply with the Financial Planning Practice Standards