We are proud and pleased to feature the storytelling of five remarkable people at the upcoming Here’s the Story. On September 14th, we are honored to have with us Arlene Malinowski, Joe Janes, Aaron Carter, Stephanie Douglass, and Jennifer Burns, last month’s open-mic winner. These folks are incredible thinkers, writers, artists, scientists and storytellers, and we are very excited about getting to share them with you. Here is a little bit more about each of them, in case you’d like to get excited too…
As actor/playwright/educator Arlene views her solo work as an artistic extension of the social justice work she has been committed to for the last twenty five years. She has been performing her critically acclaimed solo shows, in theaters and colleges across the country. Her solo work has been honored with 3Arts nomination, Garland Award & LA Theatre Ovation award. Arlene teaches writing classes in Chicago and LA and at Victory Gardens and Chicago Dramatists. She has been a contributing writer for Selling Lemonade for Free, More.com, The Week Behind and Paramanu Pentataquark. In addition to her TV and film work (Some of it good- a lot of it bad) she is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Malinowski regularly does groovy spoken word venues in LA and Chicago and when she wants to be a show-off she mentions that her solo work was cited in the Huffington Post. Check it! Arlenemalinowski.com
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Joe is a writer, director and actor in Chicago. He teaches at The Second City Training Center and at Columbia College. He is the author of “365 Sketches” and “50 Plays”.
Aaron Carter is currently the literary manager at Steppenwolf Theater Company. Previously, he served as the Literary Manager at Victory Gardens Theater where he played a key role in the IGNITION Festival, and was involved in the production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Year Zero, Love Person and Living Green, among others. As a new play developer and dramaturg, Aaron has worked with many theaters and labs including WordBRIDGE, the Kennedy Center, Timeline Theater, Route 66 and Chicago Dramatists. Aaron also teaches courses in playwriting, dramaturgy and dramatic literature at Northwestern University, De Paul University, Roosevelt University and Grinnell College. Aaron graduated from Ohio University with an MFA in Dramatic Writing where he studied under Charles Smith and Erik Ramsey. As a playwright, Aaron’s work focuses on race, faith and obscure performance skills. His latest play, Start Fair in the Common Race, was presented in a workshop production in the “What’s Next Lab” at Next Theater in Evanston. Aaron’s work also appeared in Theater Seven’s Chicago Landmark Project.
Stephanie Douglass is an actor, writer, activist, and farmer who divides her time between the soil and the stage. Over the past several years, Stephanie has farmed communally and built gardens in the Middle East, trained local workers in food and compost toilet sanitation in Ethiopia, and taught in Chicago’s alternative school system. She was head writer for OLN’s extreme sports show “Outside Magazine’s Ultimate Top Ten,” and recently danced Butoh for the opening of a retrospective of fifty years of Beirut theatre. Currently, Stephanie is interning at Uncommon Ground’s rooftop organic farm and working with Green Warrior Permaculture, developing projects in Ethiopia, Bali, and Uganda. In New York, she is a co-founder and dramaturg for award-winning theatre company The TEAM, and in Chicago, she performs with the fabulous ladies of Eleanor and writes with The Lords of Hell.
Jennifer Burns grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio University where she obtained her Bachelors in communications. This past year she relocated to the greatest city on earth, Chicago, to
pursue her passion of Improv/ Comedy. She is currently in the Second City Conservatory program, studying at iO Theater, and performing in shows. Last month was her first experience with “Here’s the Story”, she is delighted to be back to share another life nugget. Cheers!
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