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Meet Grand Slam Contestant, Freya!

Our 14th Season Grand Slam lineup is officially complete! On Thursday, May 14 all of our StorySlam winners from this past season will return to see who has the best story of all–the tale to win the celebrity judges’ hearts, and (most importantly) their votes! Up this week, meet a storyteller and FPA member very dear to the FPA community and family: Freya! Buy your tickets to come see her compete!

Name: Freya Zork
Age: 34
Location: East Falls
Slam won: Big Time

FPA: How long have you been “Slamming”?

FZ: Wow, almost 2 years now.

FPA: How do you prepare for a StorySlam? Do you have any rituals or lucky pairs of socks? 

FZ: I do have just one remarkably boring ritual, but since you asked… When I put my name in the bucket at a StorySlam, I always sign it and have someone witness my signature. Usually Steve Clark if I can find him; he’s the luckiest.

FPA: Share a storytelling tip with us

FZ: Well first you need good material. I get a lot of stories from my 20s when I had no common sense and made a lot of poor decisions so try that first.

FPA: What would Chapter 7 of your memoir be called?

FZ: Kicking and Screaming.

FPA: Who’s the best storyteller you know and why?

FZ: I have so many favorite storytellers, especially in the FPA community. But if I have to single someone out, I’ll say that lately I’ve really been appreciating FPA’s Managing Director Dan Gasiewski. A lot of people might think of him as someone who supports other people’s storytelling, but he’s got some solid gold material of his own.

FPA: What do you do in real life when you’re not out winning StorySlams?

FZ: I just became a geriatric nurse practitioner. It’s awesome! Thanks for asking. 🙂

FPA: What do you love most about First Person Arts?

FZ: So many of the best people I know have come into my life through First Person Arts, so obviously the community is incredibly important to me. But I also want to mention a few things that set FPA apart from other storytelling groups. I love that all the videos go up on YouTube for free. (Thank you!!) I love that the Slams are never curated or coached at all. I love how storytellers are accountable to the audience, and FPA audiences have really good values. And I especially love how the FPA programing outside of StorySlams features such diverse voices. I’ve learned about so many different little corners of this city through FPA.

FPA: If you had a storyteller spirit animal, what would it be?

FZ: I turn into a dragon in one of my stories, so I’ll go with that.

FPA: The winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 prize! What will you do with the money if you win?

FZ: You wanna get matching tattoos with me? “First Person 4 lyfe!”

Upcoming Events
  • StorySlam: Windfall
  • Date: August 27, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: CSZ Philadelphia
  • Location: 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107