For the next week or so, we’re going to introduce you to storytellers who have won the titles of Best Storyteller in Philly, Best Content and Best Presentation at our most recent Grand Slams. Why? Because we just love them so much! Don’t miss these guys, and future First Person Arts all-stars. Attend an upcoming slam or check out the Fall Grand Slam, part of the 10th Anniversary First Person Festival, this coming November.
First up is Todd Marrone, winner of Best Content in our 2011 Summer Grand Slam!
How did you find out about First Person Arts?
I, along with two pals, have been producing a Philly-based podcast called UsedWigs Radio for about five years. A year or so ago, we held one of our live events at World Cafe Live. Prior to the event, the team met at the venue to discuss logistics and there happened to be a StorySlam going on. I paid little attention to our meeting and lots of attention to the storytellers.
Did you tell a story at that Slam? I did tell a story on the fateful night at World Cafe Live. It was pretty terrible but the judges were kind.
What is your favorite story you’ve ever told?
The story I told at the most recent Summer Grand Slam (about the little boy drawing the dinosaur) is particularly close to my heart because my uncle is a dinosaur.
What is one of your favorite stories that you’ve heard someone else tell at a Slam?
I’m a fan of so many but Janet von Trapp will be a star someday. She told me a extemporaneous story about her friends running late for the Summer Slam while we were backstage. That was better than anything I could hope to tell onstage.
What else do you do when you aren’t storytelling?
By day, I’m a middle school art teacher. By night/summer, I make art, write, podcast and throw my kids around the living room.
Why do you keep coming back to Slams?
I enjoy watching because I feel like I get to know ten new people without all the formalities of small talk. I participate because I’m an unathletic adrenaline junky.