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Story Jam



ANNE PURKY claims she is an astronaut, a housewife, and a graduate of Northwestern University, though live lit fans only know her as one of Chicago's best storytellers. After acquiring a film degree at NU, Anne worked in LA, then attended the MFA writing program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has written and performed for: Louder Than a Mom, Tellin' Tales, Ragdale, Mayne Stage, Story Jam, and other popular shows. 



JEREMY OWENS hosts and produces You're Being Ridiculous, a live lit show which is regularly featured at Steppenwolf Theatre's LookOUT series. Jeremy ran the New York City Marathon last November, and has maybe finally stopped wearing his medal.



LYNNE JORDAN is a STORY JAM favorite. The mesmerizing singer-performer-diva extraordinaire is currently workshopping her much-awaited solo show, "A Great Big Diva," which features her incredible personal stories and gorgeous singing voice. A Northwestern theatre grad, Lynne leads her own popular event band, Lynne Jordan and The Shivers, and has performed to sold-out crowds in the US and abroad. Read more about Diva Lynne

ARCHY JAMJUN is a gifted writer-teller, originally from Lincolnwood, IL. He is a member of Drinkers with Writing Problems, a writing/performance group, and he curates OUTspoken, an LGTBQ live lit series. Archy co-produces Talk Stories, an Asian American Storytelling Show and he is a two-time Moth Grand Slam winner, professor, server, guncle, and proud father of a coddled cat. Archy recently performed his first solo show, "A Boy and a Diva," at Lifeline Theatre's 2019 Filet of Solo Festival (directed by Story Jam producer Stephanie Rogers). Archy's website.


MARYA MORRIS is making her Story Jam debut. She is a city planner and freelance writer and editor living in Wilmette, IL with her husband, mother, three emerging adults who come and go as they please, and all of their cats. Lots and lots of cats. Marya began performing at Louder Than a Mom in 2015 and has since been on stage at You’re Being Ridiculous, This Much Is True, Is This a Thing?, Pour One Out, Appetite for Rock n’ Roll, and at local Moth StorySlams. She was the acclaimed winner of the Moth GrandSlam in October 2018. 


JANUARY 21st, 2019 MLK Day show @ SPACE in EVANSTON


SHANNON CASON was a huge hit at Story Jam this past May, and he is back by popular demand all the way from Detroit! The incredible Mr. Cason has told stories all over the country with The Moth, Snap Judgment, and his own popular podcast, Homemade Stories. He recently launched a new show with WBEZ Chicago called The Trouble with Shannon Cason, available on Apple Podcasts. Shannon is a husband and a father, and he’s making a rare Chicago appearance for our special MLK Day show. Shannon's website.


MAMA EDIE ARMSTRONG is nationally beloved veteran storyteller. A bilingual speech and language pathologist and percussionist, Mama Edie has been known to blend music and spoken English and Spanish word with Sign Language. She has traveled the world sharing her stories and songs, and captivating audiences. In 2007, Edie was published in a book, Tell the World: Storytelling Across Language Barriers with her chapter entitled "How to Reach a Multilingual Audience." Edie has also been featured on PBS, and has two award-winning DVD's. More about Mama Edie. 


NESTOR GOMEZ has won more Moth Slams and Grand Slams than anyone ever (we've lost track of the count, but it's over 30). He has also won at North Side Stories, Here Chicago, and Joyfest. Nestor has been featured on NPR and Vocalo, and at dozens of storytelling shows in Chicago, including regular appearances with us at STORY JAM. Nestor started telling stories to overcome his childhood stuttering, and now his heartfelt stories are heard all over the world. Nestor's website. 


R.C. RILEY is a queer warrior woman, writer, performer, and storyteller who began writing as a means of healing after a sexual assault.  R.C.'s work challenges heteronormative views and seeks to find justice for and liberate those who have felt left out, forgotten, ignored, and unloved by our society.  Her one-woman show, Wrong Way Journey, delineates her personal journey of healing from trauma to triumph. When she's not performing her solo show, R.C. can be found telling short stories around the Chicagoland area. R.C.'s website.


ARCHY JAMJUN 
is a gifted writer and storyteller, originally from Lincolnwood. He is a member of Drinkers with Writing Problems, a writing/performance group, and he is also curator of Outspoken GBTLQ stories, and co-producer of Talk Stories, An Asian American Storytelling Show. Archy is a two-time Moth Grand Slam winner, professor, server, guncle, and proud father of an undisciplined and coddled cat. He is also performing his solo show, "A Boy and a Diva" at Lifeline Theatre's 2019 Filet of Solo Festival (directed by Story Jam producer Stephanie Rogers) Archy's website. 



LYNNE JORDAN returns for her sixth visit to the STORY JAM stage. The mesmerizing singer-performer-diva extraordinaire is currently workshopping her much-awaited solo show, "A Great Big Diva," which features incredible personal stories and songs. A Northwestern theatre grad, Lynne leads her own popular event band, Lynne Jordan and The Shivers, and has performed to sold-out crowds in the US and Europe. More about Lynne