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Journalism must adhere to a particular set of rules around truth and facts. But must personal narrative storytelling? What about theatre devised from primary sources? For this installment of City Bureau's "Public Newsroom" we discuss and investigate the potential overlap amongst forms and possible pitfalls of holding fast to tried and true principles. 2nd Story's "Open Space" makes room for conversation, learning, and healing around a particular issue or an outside form of art-making. This new series utilizes 2nd Story's approach to empathy building through story making to convene, challenge, and empower our audience to be active participants as catalysts for real change in their lives and communities.

april 25, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Experimental Station
6100 S Blackstone Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

Check back soon for details on how to RSVP for this free event.


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Maybe you're a writer, and you'd like to start performing your work, but you're nervous (or terrified). Maybe you're frequently speaking in front of people and would like some performance techniques to help you deliver your message more successfully. In this class, you'll begin with writing in the 2nd Story style, and then dive deeply into story performance.  You'll leave armed with tools for your body, your voice, and your nerves, which will help you captivate any audience.  


april 25, 2019
Thursdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm April 25 - May 30, 2018



Class Instructors


Earliana (Earl) is a Chicago-based actor, writer and teaching artist. As an actor, Earliana has worked with several Chicago theatre companies including Steppenwolf Garage Series, Prologue Theatre Company, Livewire Theatre, and Hell in a Handbag Productions.  Earliana is also a passionate solo artist whose credits include: Miss Mattie’s Story (Stories Connect Us All 2013 Festival), Bubbling Lights (Side Project Theatre 2012 Choosing to Be Here Storytelling Festival), and Quit Being So Overdramatic! (Stockyards Theatre Project: 2008 Women’s Performance Art Festival). Earliana is a graduate of Truman State University and the University of Missouri.


Vince Pagán is a native Chicagoan, small business owner, storyteller, and teacher. After receiving a B.A. in Drama from Ithaca College, Vince taught with theatre and social justice institutions all over Chicago, including Goodman Theatre, Adventure Stage Chicago, and Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers. Vince is a proud company member of 2nd Story, and this, winter, he will be teaching his first 2nd Story workshop: Edible Memories: Accessing Stories Through the Sensory Details of Baking. Last year, Vince made the decision to take his two passions—baking and social justice—and marry them together to establish Vince the Baker.