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11/06/2014

Meet Grand Slam Contestant Nimisha!

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Name: Nimisha Ladva
Age: 30+
Location: L’Etage
Slam won: “Teen Spirit”

AG: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?
NL: Tickets to Longwood Gardens in a raffle.

AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share with us a 13 word story?
NL: They said I was weak. Then I had three babies–with no drugs.

AG: For the first time ever, the winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 CASH PRIZE! What will you do with the money if you win?
NL: Renew my FPA membership! And go on a date with my best guy: my husband David.

AG: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam?
NL: “Liar, liar.”

AG: Who would you love to perform live on stage with?
NL: Sting!

AG: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)
NL: I’m a vegetarian (!)

-Alyssa Guckin, Marketing Intern

11/06/2014

Meet Grand Slam Contestant Brittanie!

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TONIGHT! Our talented Grand Slam contestants duke it out on stage LIVE at the Prince Music Theater. Each will bring his/her best tale on the theme “Thanks A Lot” to try to win over the celebrity judges and claim the coveted title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia”, the sparkling microphone trophy, and $250 cash! Haven’t grabbed your tickets yet? That’s crazy! Pick them up here!

Today we introduce you to Grand Slam contestant Brittany:

Name: Brittanie Sterner
Age: 26
Location: South Philly
Slam won: Mischief

AG: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?
B: Four rounds of Bbananagrams in a row. I was on fire. I was, however, recently cheated out of the championship title of a two-person backyard dance contest.

AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share with us a 13 word story?
B: As a child I had ferrets that I walked on leashes in public.

AG: For the first time ever, the winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 CASH PRIZE! What will you do with the money if you win?
B: I’d side-glance my college debt and buy a plane ticket to Kalamazoo.

AG: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam?
B: Welcome Home.

AG: Who would you love to perform live on stage with?
B: David Byrne. He could handle the music bit and I’d do some spoken word and we’d both nod our heads like birds.

AG: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)
B: I’m not at all scary. No one should be scared. But with regards to storytelling, poetry has taught me to say more with less, and to find a punchline. Also I’ve been a tour guide, so I try to make your visit an informative and surprising one.

-Alyssa Guckin, Marketing Intern

11/03/2014

Meet Grand Slam Contestant Jackie!

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Time’s flying, and tickets are too to Thursday’s Grand Slam at the FPA Festival! Grab yours here before it’s too late. Today, FPA wants you to meet Jackie, a Grand Slam contestant who will surely have you cracking up.

Name: Jackie DeBellis
Age: 30
Location: West Chester, PA
Slam won: Fools Gold

AG: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?
JD: A bet about how much the Rock weighs… Dwayne Johnson…not an actual rock.

AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share with us a 13 word story?

JD: First date, dude takes a dump outside the car… My love life.

AG: For the first time ever, the winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 CASH PRIZE! What will you do with the money if you win?

JD: Probably nothing special… Buy some tacos and 4″ hooker heels.

AG: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam? What story would you tell?
JD: Caught…. The time a kid caught me having sex at Kohl’s… We met eye to eye beneath the dressing room divider, I was bent over and he was putting on his shoes…. It was awful.

AG: Who would you love to perform live on stage with?

JD: God…because it’s God, I just wanna meet him/her and ask him/her wtf?

AG: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)

JD: I lack proper social skills and am far too honest and open about the things you shouldn’t say in public.

-Alyssa Guckin, Marketing Intern

11/02/2014

Meet Grand Slam Contestant Daniel!

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Grab your tickets for this year’s 13th First Person Arts Grand Slam yet? Meet one of our contestants, Dan, who loves telling stories as much as you love hearing them.

Name: Daniel Alexander Geraghty
Age: 26
Location: Ardmore, PA
Slam Won: “Surprise”

AG: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?
DG: The last thing I won was a t-shirt from a Quizzo question I got right at a restaurant.
The question was “What is Barbie’s real name?”
Answer: Barbara Millicent Roberts

AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share with us a 13 word story?
DG: Swim class in 9th grade… Fire alarm… Soaking wet freshman outside in January.

AG: For the first time ever, the winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 CASH PRIZE! What will you do with the money if you win?
DG: Buy drinks for my fellow Grand Slammers

AG: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam? What story would you tell?
DG: Theme: Shoulda-Coulda-Woulda; I would tell the story of how I decided it would be a good idea to enter my friends house through his second floor window to surprise him but just ended up getting the police called on me.

AG: Who would you love to perform live on stage with?

DG: I would love to perform with Paul F. Tompkins (A stand up comedian from Philly)

AG: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)
DG: As a teacher, I talk all day; I know exactly where my next sentence is going to lead me and where I’m going to and up when I’m done. I’ve been telling stories (some fact, some fiction) ever since I could remember. It’s what I do and what I love.


-Alyssa Guckin, Marketing Intern

10/31/2014

Meet Grand Slam Contestant Caroline!

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Welcome Caroline to the Grand Slam! She and our 10 other Slam-winning storytellers will perform their most outrageous, gutsy, and heartfelt personal tales on the theme “Thanks A Lot.” Tickets are on sale NOW, so grab yours here and come out & cheer on our talented contestants.

Name: Caroline Charrow
Age: 28
Location: Philadelphia
Slam won: Lifeline

AG: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?
CC: My husband is a roboticist and he made me go to his robot competition, but it ended up being worth it because I won a raffle for a roomba!

AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share with us a 13 word story?
CC: I once ate a full jar of peanut butter with my bare hands.

AG: For the first time ever, the winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 CASH PRIZE! What will you do with the money if you win?
CC: Buy myself a lifetime supply of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. (Who am I kidding – $250 only buys 62 pints; that’s like a year’s supply tops.)

AG: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam? What story would you tell?
CC: “Brush with fame” so I could tell the story of when I met the Professor from Gilligan’s Island and he kissed me on my cheek, and it was the high point of my life thus far.

AG: Who would you love to perform live on stage with?
CC: Ringo Starr. Not so much because I want to perform with him, but because I’m still in love with him from my awkward middle school Beatles obsession, so I’d just like to meet him.

AG: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)
CC: I was a seventh grade teacher for a number of years, so after that no audience can faze me.


-Alyssa Guckin, Marketing Intern

10/30/2014

Meet Grand Slam Contestant Steve!

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Come out to the 13th FPA Grand Slam! We’ve got 11 contestants who cannot wait to share their stories on the them “Thanks A Lot” with YOU! Today, we’re introducing one contestant who is no stranger to the Grand Slam, Steve.

Name: Steve Clark
Age: 30 Human Years
Location: Fairmount
Slam won: High Point

AG: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?
SC: I got chosen to be in the Grand Finale of a Las Vegas Street Show because I looked like a “Tall Rich White Guy.”

AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share with us a 13 word story?
SC: Because of some spills, one of my students once nicknamed me “Two Stainz.”

AG: For the first time ever, the winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 CASH PRIZE! What will you do with the money if you win?
SC: Buy my friends and family who came out to support something to celebrate!

AG: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam? What story would you tell?
SC: Awkward. “The Story of My Life,” as One Direction would say.

AG: Who would you love to perform live on stage with?
SC: Bob Saget. I imagine my future self looks a lot like him.

AG: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)
SC: I think I have a unique approach to storytelling; I think a lot about the structure of a story when I prepare. I always try to do something unique with the way the story is told.


-Alyssa Guckin, Marketing Intern

10/30/2014

Meet Grand Slam Contestant Roman!

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We’re one week closer to the Grand Slam. Grab your tickets HERE to make sure you and your friends have a seat! With that being said, we’re ready to keep introducing you to our fabulous contestants. Today, meet Roman and check out his winning story below!

Name: Roman Krivitsky
Age: 25
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Slam Won: Close Calls

AG: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?

RK: I almost won a poker game.

AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share with us a 13 word story?
RK: I dreamt about playing a Sega Genesis. I awoke, but it wasn’t there.

AG: For the first time ever, the winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 CASH PRIZE! What will you do with the money if you win?
RK: Pay my monthly loan amount.

AG: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam?
RK: Misunderstandings.

AG: Who would you love to perform live on stage with?
RK: Any bands playing traditional Cuban music–I would play the cowbell.

AG: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)
RK: I think I make good faces. And I live in the past.

-Alyssa Guckin, Marketing Intern

10/24/2014

Meet Grand Slam Contestant Marjorie!

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There’s just ONE StorySlam left before the Grand Slam at the First Person Arts Festival! Tuesday night’s Slam theme is “Mischief”, so you know it’s going to be a fun and wild night. AND! We’ll be selling a limited number of Grand Slam tickets at Tuesday’s Slam FEE FREE. So be there to grab your tickets and save some money!

Over the past few weeks we’ve been introducing you to our fabulous FPA Festival lineup. Up this week, meet Grand Slam competitor Marjorie! Be sure to watch the video below of the story that earned her a place in the Grand Slam spotlight. You’ll find Marjorie is no stranger to a little classroom mischief, herself!

Name: Marjorie Fineberg Winther
Age: I remember when the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan.
Location: Mount Airy, Philadelphia
Slam won: Chemistry

AG: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?
MW: Nothing. I did, however, lose two things recently: a humorous story contest they held at my job: my story made everyone cry. I also lost a healthy salad recipe contest.

AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share with us a 13 word story?

MW: When trying to get laughs, do not have the sweet old man die.

AG: For the first time ever, the winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 CASH PRIZE! What will you do with the money if you win?
MW: Invite everyone from FPA to a Dance Dance Revolution Party.

AG: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam? What story would you tell?

MW: Social activism. I would tell about getting arrested at age 13. (I had started the Elementary School Students Mobilization Committee.)

AG: Who would you love to perform live on stage with?
MW: I want to sing a duet with the late, great Marvin Gaye.

AG: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)
MW: No one should be scared. This is a terrible question.

-Alyssa Guckin, Marketing Intern

10/20/2014

Meet Grand Slam Contestant Anne!

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The 13th FPA Grand Slam is just a few weeks away! (PSST! GRAB YOUR TICKETS HERE!) And we only think it’s fair that you get a chance to check out the competition before the show. Over the next few weeks leading up to the showdown we’ll be introducing you to each of our talented Grand Slam contestants. Today we’re introducing you to “Animal” StorySlam winner, Anne Thomas!

Name: Anne Thomas
Age: 57
Location: Washington DC
Slam won: Animal

AG: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?

AT: 2013 National Storytelling Festival Slam

AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share with us a 13 word story?
AT: One night in a jazz club, four people meet and four marriages result.

AG: For the first time ever, the winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 CASH PRIZE! What will you do with the money if you win?
AT: Take 10 friends to the trampoline park!

AG: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam? What story would you tell?
AT: Mistakes were made. I would tell the story about the time I flew from Madagascar to DC via Paris and Air France wouldn’t let me use the bathroom, lost my wheelchair, causing me to miss my connection and then tried to charge me for another ticket!

AG: Who would you love to perform live on stage with?
AT: John Leguziamo

AG: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)
AT: I’m willing to be vulnerable.

-Alyssa Guckin, Marketing Intern

10/16/2014

Meet Grand Slam Contestant Lisa!

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Philly’s biggest storytelling showdown, The Grand Slam, returns on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival! This past season’s most talented StorySlammers will take the Prince Music Theater‘s stage and go head-to-head with their best real-life tales on the theme “Thanks A Lot”. Tickets on sale here!

We want to properly introduce you to each of our fabulous contestants to give you a sense of what you can expect at the Grand Slam. First up is Lisa Nelson-Haynes, no stranger to FPA, and surely no stranger to the stage.

Name: Lisa Nelson-Haynes
Age: 49
Location: Landsdowne
Slam won: “New Kid” @ World Cafe Live

AG: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?
LNH: My husband’s heart.

AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share with us a 13 word story?
LNH: There once was a girl from Lansdowne, she’s destined to win the storyteller’s crown.

AG: For the first time ever, the winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 CASH PRIZE! What will you do with the money if you win?
LNH:
Have my dog, Gracie, neutered.

AG: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam? What story would you tell?
LNH: Theme: I see dead people. Story I’d tell: Seeing my deceased grandparents during the natural (no drugs) labor of both my children.

AG: Who would you love to perform live on stage with?
LNH: Glynn Washington creator and host of Snap Judgement.

AG: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)
LNH: My competitors should be scared because I was a hoodoo priestess in a past life and I’ve rendered a spell which will turn their tongues into jelly at 5pm on Thurs., Nov. 6 thru to 12 am on Fri., Nov. 7.

-Alyssa Guckin, Marketing Intern

Upcoming Events
  • Composing Our Lives: A First Person Arts Production with Curtis Institute of Music
  • Date: April 25, 2015
  • Time: Doors at 7PM, Show at 8PM
  • Venue: Gould Rehearsal Hall, Curtis Institute of Music
  • Location: 1616 Locust Street
  • StorySlam @ L’Etage: #onlinedating
  • Date: April 28, 2015
  • Time: Doors at 7:30PM, Slam at 8:30PM
  • Venue: L'Etage Cabaret
  • Location: 6th and Bainbridge Streets