A Music & Storytelling Extravaganza

Story Jam

August 14th @ Ragdale, Lake Forest, IL. 7pm


JEREMY OWENS hosts and produces You're Being Ridiculous, a live lit show which is regularly featured at Steppenwolf Theatre's LookOut series. He is also the co-editor for Heauxs Chicago, and a writer for Oy!Chicago. His writing has appeared in The Daily Dot, Story Club Magazine, Role Reboot, The JUF News, and Thread; and he has been featured in dozens of live lit shows, including Story Jam. He is a graduate of The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and has an MFA in performance from Roosevelt University.


NESTOR GOMEZ has been featured on radio, tv, and various podcasts. He has won more Moth Slams and Grand Slams than anyone ever, and 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.

ANNE PURKY has burst on the storytelling scene depicting the dark side of a privileged upbringing, stirring up trouble on the North Shore, and being the renegade mom of an astonishing, differently-abled daughter. She studied film & writing at Northwestern and the School of the Art Institute. Anne is active in politics, disability rights, and advocates for the homeless with PADS in Waukegan & Zion. Anne has performed at Story Jam, Chicago Dramatists, Truth Be Told, Beast Women, Story Lab, Pour One Out, You’re Being Ridiculous, and sold out her one-woman show at Lifeline Theatre's Filet of Solo festival this year. She resides in Lake Forest where she chronicles entitlement with raucous glee!

ARCHY JAMJUN is one of Chicago's premiere tellers, 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 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) to sold out crowds and great reviews. Archy's website.

ARLENE MALINOWSKI is an exceptional performer, coach, writer, and producer. Her award-winning solo shows have toured internationally, and she has performed on stages and film sets all over the U.S. A repeat Ragdale resident and supporter, Arlene infuses depth and humor into every performance. She's surely the only person to have appeared in Shakespeare and "Doogie Howser" in the same 24 hours! Find out more at Arlene's website.

PAUL TRAYNOR is a Story Jam fave. He most recently appeared in the comedy “The Art of Motivation” at Stage 773 in Chicago, and in his own web series entitled "Turner." As a corporate speaker, he’s done presentations for dozens of Fortune 500 companies throughout North America and Europe. As a filmmaker, he's produced videos for hospitals, law firms, churches and non-profits. Paul wrote & directed the feature film "Witches' Night," and is currently working on several original projects. He lives in Wilmette with his beautiful wife, Lindley, and his five above-average children.

JUNE 12TH @ RAGDALE FOUNDATION
• Story Jam Jr. featuring two tellers and three songs •


ARCHY JAMJUN is one of Chicago's premiere tellers, 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 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.
ARLENE MALINOWSKI is a supremely talented performer and writer. Arlene's award-winning solo shows have been produced internationally, and she has performed on stages and film sets all over the U.S. An extraordinary talent, Arlene infuses depth and humor into every performance. She also teaches solo performance, and coaches writers and performers. She's surely the only person to have appeared in Shakespeare and "Doogie Howser" in the same 24 hours.  Find out more at Arlene's website.

SUNDAY APRIL 7th @ City Winery, Chicago


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


MARYA MORRIS just won another live lit contest show last week. She is making her Story Jam debut, and she's a city planner and hilarious freelance writer-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 a regular winner at local Moth StorySlams. She was also the acclaimed winner of the Moth GrandSlam in October 2018.

JEREMY OWENS hosts and produces You're Being Ridiculous, a live lit show which is regularly featured at Steppenwolf Theatre's LookOUT series. He is also the co-editor for Heauxs Chicago, and a writer for Oy!Chicago. His writing has appeared in The Daily Dot, Story Club Magazine, Role Reboot, The JUF News, and Thread; and he has been featured in the live-lit shows: Essay Fiesta, Fillet of Solo Theatre Festival, Guts & Glory, Story Club Chicago, Story Sessions, Story Jam, The Paper Machete, This Much Is True, That's All She Wrote, and others. He is a graduate of The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and has an MFA in performance from Roosevelt University.


ARLENE MALINOWSKI is a multi-talented performer and writer. Arlene's award-winning solo shows have been produced internationally, and she has performed on stages and film sets all over the U.S. An extraordinary talent, Arlene infuses depth and humor into every performance. She also teaches and coaches writers and performers, and she's surely the only person to have appeared in Shakespeare AND Doogie Howser in the same 24 hours.  Find out more at Arlene's website. 


ARCHY JAMJUN is one of Chicago's premiere tellers, 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 also 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.


ANNE PURKY has burst on the storytelling scene depicting the dark side of a privileged upbringing, trouble stirring on the North Shore, and being a renegade mom of an astonishing, differently abled daughter. Anne studied film & writing at Northwestern and the School of the Art Institute, and she is active in politics, disability rights, and advocating for the homeless with PADS in Waukegan & Zion. Anne has performed at Story Jam, Chicago Dramatists, Truth Be Told, Beast Women, Ragdale, Story Lab, Pour One Out, and others. She resides in Lake Forest where she chronicles entitlement with raucous glee!


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