About Us

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

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.

Where is it Happening

INSPIRED! is held at the Public Landing Restaurant or Gallery Seven in the historic Gaylord Building, 200 West 8th Street, Lockport, Illinois 60441


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

(art) INSPIRED! live lit

Tuesday December 4th

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

Third Floor Gallery ------Gaylord Building, Lockport

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Tuesday December 4th

Five Storytellers take to the stage along with Musician Harold McCay.  This event will take place in the Third Floor Gallery Of the Gaylord Building.


Storytellers Lisa Colleen, Eunice Jarrett, Richard Pniewski, Mike Speller, Paul Teodo.


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. She has told her stories at INSPIRED! live lit, Voicebox, Louder than a Mom, Storylab, Second City, Saint Xavier University and her dining room table.



Eunice Jarrett is a retired public school teacher, proud mother of 2 adult sons, and ex-wife of more, who engages in stand-up comedy, storytelling and public speaking.  She is a member of Kates comedy organization and has performed for audiences in Illinois,Michigan and various Indiana venues.  She is proud to say she is almost as funny as her 96-year-old mother.


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.


Richard Pniewski is a retired award-winning English and Drama teacher. He also has directed plays for Artcraft Theatre in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood and, more recently, for Evergreen Park's Candlelight Theatre. After years of appreciating the storytelling stage at the annual Fox Valley Folk Festival in Geneva, Illinois, he finally decided to join the storytelling community. He has appeared at the Illinois Storytelling Open Mike, Do Not Submit, Story Lab, Homewood Stories, and The Back Room. He is the co-host of Do Not Submit in Homewood and is a December 2017 Moth winner.


Mike Speller is always “Going Places” (he’s visited 49 of our 50 states) and he’s shared stories at quite a few events as well. He’s been featured at the Sterling, LaCrosse, Fox Valley, and Ray Bradbury Festivals. Locally, he’s performed with This Much is True, Voice Box, and Homewood Stories. His collection of gothic horror stories “Fear Itself” has frightened hundreds of fans at fringe festivals across the nation.  And if you’ve got a free ticket to Hawaii, you may have a starring role in his next story.


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. This month Paul will read from his novel "Pastaman".



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

Third Floor Gallery ------Gaylord Building, Lockport

No INSPIRED! live lit in January.Writing classes are being offered!

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No INSPIRED! live lit in January.Writing classes are being offered!


Tuesday February 5th

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

Public Landing Restaurant, Lockport

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Tuesday February 5th

(art) INSPIRED! live lit

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

Public Landing Restaurant, Lockport

Tuesday---March 5th

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

Public Landing Restaurant, Lockport

Tuesday---March 5th

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

Public Landing Restaurant, Lockport

SO YOU WANT TO BE A STORYTELLER...

JANUARY 2019

Become a storyteller! Writing classes at Gallery Seven Wednesdays, January  9,16,23,30.  Only $50.  



February 2019

Writing classes- Wednesdays February 6, 13, 20, 27. 

Contact Us

Get in Touch

If you have questions contact Lisa Colleen or Barbara Eberhard at

inspiredlivelit@gmail.com

(art)INSPIRED! live lit