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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. A piece of art from Gallery Seven that illustrates a part of the writer’s piece will be displayed during the show.  


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. 


  • (art)INSPIRED! live lit is not recommended for children under 16 years of age.

December Show

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

Podcasts

Episode 1 "Finding"

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

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Tuesday December 3

Storytellers: Lisa Colleen, Barbara Eberhard, Phyllis Porche, Paul Teodo, and Megan Wells

6:30- Our Musician Harold Mc Cay . 7 p.m. Five Fab Storytellers

Public Landing Restaurant Gaylord Building Lockport

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Tuesday December 3

Storytellers: Lisa Colleen, Barbara Eberhard, Phyllis Porche, Paul Teodo, and Megan Wells

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.


Barbara Eberhard is for the second time taking the stage with a story.  She is certainly enjoying her retirement after teaching for boo coo years! She is a member of Gallery Seven, Chicago Society of Artists, Tall Grass Association, artitude, and producer of this show, which keeps her busy! 


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.


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.


Paul Teodo is a retired healthcare executive. Born and raised on Chicago’s south side. He recently published his first novel “PASTAMAN” a coming of age story of a young man growing up in the 60’s on Chicago’s spit side. It is available on Amazon, ITunes, Google Play, and at Barnes and Noble. Paul has been telling stories on stage in and around Chicago the past 8 years and is a 5-time Moth Story Slam winner, a Moth Grand Slam winner and has been featured on the CBS TV program Sunday Morning. 


Megan Wells is a story artist and a theater artist.  She creates the warm intimacy of storytelling, and more.  Megan infuses characters with living souls, and delivers the experience with delicious theatrical timing. Megan is also among the top literary storytellers in America.   

As the Artistic Director of the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, Ray granted Megan permission to perform his works.  She is equally comfortable in the jazzier domains of Chicago's current spoken word explosion.  Megan Wells began her career as an actress and director in Chicago.  She also worked as a communication consultant to Fortune 500 companies.  A lover of words, Megan helped executives craft presentations with great care for the structure, rhetoric and dynamic of words carried from mouth to ear.  

"Storytelling is my joy - launching listeners into galaxies of Imagination.  In the outer space of the inner mind, human beings become wise."

6:30- Our Musician Harold Mc Cay . 7 p.m. Five Fab Storytellers

Public Landing Restaurant Gaylord Building Lockport

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Tuesday January 7

Storytellers Lisa Colleen, Megan Fulara, Robert Hafey, Allison Veltman, and Katie Ward

6:30 our Musician 7 p.m. our Five Fab Storytellers

Historic Gaylord Building Public Landing Restaurant, Lockport

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Tuesday January 7

Storytellers Lisa Colleen, Megan Fulara, Robert Hafey, Allison Veltman, and Katie Ward

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.


Megan Fulara is a Chicago native TEMPORARILY living in the suburbs. She is the host of the wildly successful ‘Live From Wherever We Are, It’s The Megan Fulara Show!’ (not a real show). By day she is a pencil pushing bureaucrat and by night a robust fitness enthusiast and yogi. She enjoys storytelling, comedy, and employment law.


Robert B. Hafey resides in Homer Glen, Illinois.  He is a retired (he does not like that word) operational manager who adds value to the world as a consultant, writer, photographer, passionate cook, world traveler, storyteller, husband, father and grandfather.   His memoir, Boomhood – A Baby Boomer’s Free-Range Childhood, frames the childhood stories of all baby boomers. http://boomhood.com/ He is currently writing a travel book, Bumping and Snacking, that will take readers on a journey of happenstance travel and food experiences, leaving them with a broader view of the world and its inhabitants.  His Inspired Live Lit debut will feature one of these experiences.


Allison Veltman is a lover of nature who enjoys spending time with horses and her dog, as well as hiking and backpacking with her husband. She has been a regular participant in Art Inspired Live Lit classes, loves hearing others' stories, and believes that our stories connect us to one another.


Katie Ward is a recent participant in Art Inspired Live Lit classes. She loves hearing others’ stories in person as well as online, and she hopes that others will enjoy hers as well. 

6:30 our Musician 7 p.m. our Five Fab Storytellers

Historic Gaylord Building Public Landing Restaurant, Lockport

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Tuesday February 4th

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

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

Historic Gaylord Building Public Landing Restaurant Lockport

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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.

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

Historic Gaylord Building Public Landing Restaurant Lockport

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.

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



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