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Thanks for joining us!

The 15th Anniversary First Person Arts Festival took place November 7-19, 2016 with 15 live events inspired by real life — 5 of which were sell-outs.

Renowned artists and everyday people took to stages across the city to tell their personal tales. Through storytelling, standup, dance, puppetry, and theater, we explored such topics as immigration, ethnicity, unemployment, the Presidential election, sexuality, disability, and more. We named a new Grand Slam winner, and our first-ever All Star Slam winner.

With 15 years of experience presenting entertaining and poignant memoir, the one-of-a-kind First Person Arts Festival remains the perfect spot for a fun and entertaining time out with friends, and an arts experience worth telling your own stories about.

Our 15th Anniversary First Person Arts Festival featured:






And more!


To sign up to receive information about the 2017 First Person Arts Festival, click here.

Photo credits: Ntozake Shange by Adger Cowans; Dave Hill by Mindy Tucker; Ky Mettler by Erika Lee Vonie; Yolanda Wisher smiling by Mark Palacio; Yolanda Wisher in doorway by Ryan Collerd; Paul Zaloom courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Events
  • First Person Arts StorySlam: I.O.U.
  • Date: July 18, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 7PM, Slam at 8PM
  • Venue: FringeArts
  • Location: 140 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia
  • Commonspace Airs on WHYY (90.9 FM)
  • Date: July 30, 2017
  • Time: 8PM
  • Venue: WHYY FM
  • Location: 90.9 FM