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Get to know… storyteller Janet von Trapp

Janet von Trapp is a popular woman! Not only did fellow storyteller, Todd Marrone, pick Janet's Summer Grand Slam story as one of his favorites (What a coincidence- she chose one of his stories as her favorite!), but Liz Green, our Programming Coordinator, chose one of Janet's stories as her favorite of all time. Get to know Janet and watch one of her winning stories below!

How did you find out about First Person Arts?
I stumbled upon First Person Arts when I tagged along on my friend's date. He took her and I there, and I told a story my first night. Why was I on a another woman's date? It was a first date, she didn't know him that well, and we figured if he was an axe murderer it would be much more complicated to kill us both.

What is one of your favorite stories that you’ve heard someone else tell at a Slam?
My favorite story from StorySlams is from the May Grand Slam. I don't remember the storyteller's name but he was an art teacher trying to explain to a kid that it's not appropriate to draw a dinosaur for his art project, because the assignment was to copy what was in a picture that was given. The kid eventually drew

a dinosaur on the picture. (From Laura… watch that story, by Todd Marrone, below)

What else do you do when you aren’t storytelling?
In my free time, I read a lot, write a little, listen to NPR, watch Netflix and exercise. I keep to my self most of the time if I'm not lounging around with my family.

Why do you keep coming back to Slams?
I keep coming back to StorySlams because I like to hear other peoples stories and I like having a platform to share my own. Since I spend most of my time with my self, I generally have no outlet outside of a StorySlam to reflect on the different things that occur in life.

– Laura Reeve

Upcoming Events
  • BEyond Expectations: Living with an Intellectual disAbility
  • Date: April 18, 2019
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Interact Community Center
  • Location: 7372 Henry Avenue
  • StorySlam: Laws of Nature (tickets on sale 4/8/19)
  • Date: April 30, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: The Playground at the Adrienne
  • Location: 2030 Sansom Street