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Meet Grand Slam Contestant Lisa!


Philly’s biggest storytelling showdown, The Grand Slam, returns on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival! This past season’s most talented StorySlammers will take the Prince Music Theater‘s stage and go head-to-head with their best real-life tales on the theme “Thanks A Lot”. Tickets on sale here!

We want to properly introduce you to each of our fabulous contestants to give you a sense of what you can expect at the Grand Slam. First up is Lisa Nelson-Haynes, no stranger to FPA, and surely no stranger to the stage.

Name: Lisa Nelson-Haynes
Age: 49
Location: Landsdowne
Slam won: “New Kid” @ World Cafe Live

AG: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?
LNH: My husband’s heart.

AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share with us a 13 word story?
LNH: There once was a girl from Lansdowne, she’s destined to win the storyteller’s crown.

AG: For the first time ever, the winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 CASH PRIZE! What will you do with the money if you win?
Have my dog, Gracie, neutered.

AG: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam? What story would you tell?
LNH: Theme: I see dead people. Story I’d tell: Seeing my deceased grandparents during the natural (no drugs) labor of both my children.

AG: Who would you love to perform live on stage with?
LNH: Glynn Washington creator and host of Snap Judgement.

AG: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)
LNH: My competitors should be scared because I was a hoodoo priestess in a past life and I’ve rendered a spell which will turn their tongues into jelly at 5pm on Thurs., Nov. 6 thru to 12 am on Fri., Nov. 7.

Alyssa Guckin, Marketing Intern

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