About INSPIRED! live lit

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Live the Story

     

INSPIRED! is a celebration of self-expression featuring storytelling and more. Each show features five performers who will read or tell stories, poems, essays or fiction.

Producers: Lisa Colleen and Barbara Eberhard

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When is it Happening

     

INSPIRED! takes place on the first Tuesday of the month beginning at 6:30 with our musician soothing your souls then at 7 p.m. our FAB FIVE  storytellers share their tales. 


  • INSPIRED! live lit is not recommended for children under 16 years of age

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Where is it Happening

INSPIRED! is held at the Historic Gaylord Building and the Public Landing Restaurant 200 West 8th Street, Lockport, Illinois 60441


  • For a tasty treat...Come early and have dinner at the Public Landing Restaurant

INSPIRing Podcasts

Episode 1 "Finding"

Three Storytellers, Amy Curtis, Lisa Colleen and Barbara Eberhard share their stories of finding something of importance .

Episode 2 "Discovery"

Three stories of Discovery with Lisa Colleen, Paul Teodo and Barbara Eberhard.  Parental Supervision

Episode 3 "Family"

Three stories of family by Barbara Eberhard, Kimberly Vanbiesbrouck and Paul Teodo. Parental Supervision

Episode 4 "Stories"

Stories by Lisa Colleen, Allison Veltman, and Megan Fulara. Original song by Charles Pelkie

INSPIRED! live lit

Tuesday February 4th

Storytellers Lisa Colleen, Jake Cowan, Amy Curtis , Steve Eberhard and Meredith Morris.

6:30- Musician Harold McCay 7 p.m. Five Fab Storytellers

Historic Gaylord Building Public Landing Restaurant Lockport

Event Details

Tuesday February 4th

Storytellers Lisa Colleen, Jake Cowan, Amy Curtis , Steve Eberhard and Meredith Morris.

Lisa Colleen loves the sharing of stories because they connect, empower and INSPIRE! As a mother, grandmother and coach, she has an endless supply of stories to tell. Rarely does she make it through the telling of one story without wanting to interrupt herself with another story.


Jake Cowan is a founder and producer of Is this a thing? - a monthly storytelling show that takes place the second Monday of the month at O'Shaughnessy's at Ravenswood and Wilson. He is living the dream – he works for himself, he travels a lot, and when not traveling he calls Chicago – the greatest city in the world – his home.


Amy Curtis is a local real estate agent, a student of writing and storytelling, and a regular participant in the Art Inspired Live Lit Classes. She believes stories connect us. In telling our stories we remind one another we’re not alone.


Steve Eberhard, photographer, former owner of the Camera House in Joliet , and married to the crazy producer of this show. After listening to so many stories, he realized he had a few to share. 


Harold McCay is Professor Emeritus of Design & Technical Theatre from Lewis University where he dazzled audiences with his set designs.  With the heart of a musician, he strums his guitar with soul-searching tunes.


Meredith Morris is a Lockport resident and recent addition to the Art Inspired Live Lit Classes. A former journalist and long-time communications professional, she is driven to discover what makes people tick. Often, that’s revealed through their stories - just as story-telling can be a profound window into our selves. Meredith is newly married and the proud parent of a cat. 

6:30- Musician Harold McCay 7 p.m. Five Fab Storytellers

Historic Gaylord Building Public Landing Restaurant Lockport

INSPIRED! live lit Women's Month

Tuesday March 3rd

Storytellers: Lisa Colleen, Barbara Eberhard, Kate Ryan, Meghann Perry and Phyllis Porché

6:30 Musician Nancy Heffernan. 7 p,m, Five Fab Storytellers

Gaylord Building Public LandingRestaurant Lockport

Event Details

Tuesday March 3rd

Storytellers: Lisa Colleen, Barbara Eberhard, Kate Ryan, Meghann Perry and Phyllis Porché

Lisa Colleen loves the sharing of stories because they connect, empower and INSPIRE! As a mother, grandmother and teacher, she has an endless supply of stories to tell. Rarely does she make it through the telling of one story without wanting to interrupt herself with another story.


Barbara Eberhard has enjoyed producing INSPIRED! live lit. Her art exhibit "Behind the Prison Walls" is at the Water Street Studios February 14- March 7. Everyone is invited to the reception on February 14th! She is a member of "artitude" who is exhibiting at the Lemont Center for the Arts- March 6- April 26. All are invited to the reception on March 22! Barbara is a member of the Chicago Society of Artists. You can see her work at www.barbaraeberhard.com  


Nancy Heffernan has always been drawn to folk music. A lover of lyrics, she’s found inspiration in the music of Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison. Nancy appreciates other women singer/songwriters such as Canadian artists: Frazey Ford & Kathleen Edwards; Irish artists: Sinéad Lohan & Mary Black; U.S. artists Tracey Chapman and yes...Taylor Swift!  When not playing guitar, Nancy helps clients near and far heal in a variety of ways through her work at www.spiritstrength.com


Meghann Perry, CARC, is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, actor, award-winning storyteller, facilitator, and teaching artist, working in both prevention and addiction recovery. She coaches both youth and adults, and facilitates many different workshops, including storytelling for people impacted by substance use disorder, improv for at-risk youth, and theater in schools as part of Improbable Players, a Boston-based prevention organization. She facilitates Recovery Coach Academy with Phil Valentine at the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, and is the co-creator of Phoenix Tales Recovery Storytelling. Learn more at www.meghannperry.com


Phyllis Porché is a writer, storyteller, teacher, and fiber artist.  She was born and raised in Chicago, and she believes the best stories come from the absurdities of life. She is a 30-year cancer survivor and never leaves home without earrings.


Kate Ryan is delighted to be at INSPIRED! live lit for the first time. She’s told stories at The Moth,

This Much is True, Homewood Stories, The Nest in Michigan City, and The Acorn Theatre in

Three Oaks. Kate has taught essay writing at various city colleges and in the memoir writing

track at Second City. She holds a Master’s in Theatre and since youth has performed in

contemporary and classical plays as well as original solo shows. She lives in Schererville with

her spouse and Sheltie.

6:30 Musician Nancy Heffernan. 7 p,m, Five Fab Storytellers

Gaylord Building Public LandingRestaurant Lockport

INSPIRing Blog

The Magic of Storytelling

weeks one and two February 11,18

Seek Your Stories

  • Unearth the stories you want to tell, the stories that have shaped you into the amazing person you are today. We will use a variety of methods to discover your stories in a creative, safe and supportive environment. You will leave this class with a list of stories you want to explore.

weeks three and four February 25, March 10

Shape Your Stories

  • Shape your stories so they honor who you were then and who you are now. This class helps you answer the question: Why are you telling this story now? We will explore different writing techniques with the goal of telling each story in its own unique way. 

weeks five and six March 24, 31

Share Your Stories

  • Share your Stories! The world needs to hear them! This class will give you many opportunities to tell your stories and receive helpful, caring feedback to empower you to share your unique life experiences with others.

Sign Up: Seek/Shape/Share

  • Sign up today for this six week course for only $80. (That is only $13 a class!) Contact us below if interested!  Classes are held on the 2nd floor of the Gaylord Building, 200 West 8th Street, Lockport. Classes begin at 7 p.m.

In the News...

Read the Fabulous story about INSPIRED! live lit in the Herald News!            and...                 in the Lockport Legend!



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Get in Touch

If you have questions contact Lisa Colleen or Barbara Eberhard at

inspiredlivelit@gmail.com

INSPIRED! live lit

Historic Gaylord Building 200 West 8th Street, Lockport, Illinois 60441, United States