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The 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival

Presented by PNC Arts Alive

Christ Church Neighborhood House, Underground Arts,
Le Méridien Philadelphia, and Mother Bethel AME Church

Philadelphia, PA
November 4-15, 2014

The only festival of its kind in the world, the 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival features powerful personal stories from leading national artists and everyday people.


2014 FPA Festival performances include Long Day’s Journey presented by Outside the Wire featuring Zach Grenier (The Good Wife) and Kathryn Erbe (Law and Order: Criminal Intent); Obie Award winning playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Dael Orlandersmith in a staged reading of her newest memoir-driven work; Comedian and best selling author, Ruby Wax in Sane New World; and the return of Stripped Stories, named one of the 10 Best Storytelling Shows by Time Out Los Angeles. Plus, FPA Festival favorite, the 13th FPA Grand Slam hosted by Dave Hill.

The fifth season of First Person Arts RAW features new boundary-pushing works in memoir and documentary art by award winning audio producer and producer of the FPA Podcast Yowei Shaw (This American Life, Studio 360, NPR) in First Person Arts Podcast LIVE!; and interdisciplinary artist and performer Beth Nixon in her latest object theater performance, Lava Fossil.


Dinner with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson featuring recipes from the New York Times best selling author’s latest cookbook.


Workshops include an intimate writing workshop with Dael Orlandersmith; Storytelling workshops with Elna Baker (This American Life) and Andrew Linderman (The Moth); a panel of published female writers in Women’s Voices in Print; and the return of the popular Humanizing History tour.

To receive info about next year’s First Person Arts Festival, sign up for our email list here.


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Special thanks to our sponsors Harmelin Media, Knight Foundation, Le Méridien Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Penn’s Master of Liberal Arts Program, and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.


Upcoming Events
  • StorySlam @ World Cafe Live: Lifeline
  • Date: August 11, 2014
  • Time: Doors at 7:30PM, Slam starts at 8:30PM
  • Venue: World Cafe Live
  • Location: 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
  • Beyond Sustenance: Heritage Dinner
  • Date: August 17, 2014
  • Time: 4-7PM
  • Venue: African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • Location: 701 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106