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First Person Arts pushes the boundaries of memoir and documentary art by helping people shape true personal stories into art for the stage, page, on-air and online.

First Person Arts pushes the boundaries of memoir and documentary art by helping people shape true personal stories into art for the stage, page, on-air and online.

YOUR STORIES, OUR STAGE

Growing up the rule in Christ’s household was if you had a good year you got great gifts. When Chris was a senior he had a really good year. But his family was struggling financially and all he got was a shirt with a lion on it. Chris was very disappointed but it’s now one of the most important things to him.

Fariaha and her sister grew up in a strict fundamentalist Islamic household. They were not allowed to hang out with boys alone unless they were relatives. One year during Ramadan she comes home from college and is going to pray after the last day. The FBI is there and stops her father. They investigate him and accuse him of housing terrorists. They were a family of 6 who lived in a two bedroom. They didn’t have room for housing terrorists.

YOUR STORIES, OUR STAGE

One year Thembi got to go to Kenya and went to a game park. A little girl on their tour had to pee and so they pulled over. It turns out there was a lion near where the little girl was peeing. Later in the trip Thembi saw a male lion who was sleeping. She wanted to see the lion awake. She made a loud noise to make up for the lion. The driver got mad at her, it turns out the lion was close enough that it could have gotten to Thembi in seconds.

When Paul was five his father taught him how to use a public restroom. Months later his mother taught him how to reuse a disposable table cloth. During the pandemic, Paul lived with his son who worked for Utz potato chips. The only thing they had to eat was potato chips. Finally, Paul goes to the grocery store after being nervous. The grocery shop takes longer than he wants it to.

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