Thanks to a grant from the William Penn Foundation, we have been to able to start expanding our First Person Arts staff. The first new addition is our fabulous Program Coordinator, Liz Green. Liz will be working closely with Artistic Director Vicki Solot to determine our yearly programming, including artists in the First Person Festival. Liz comes to us from the theater world, where she’s worked with the Two River Theater Company and MICROFEST PHILLY. The FPA staff asked Liz a few questions so that we (and you) could get to know her a little better. Have a welcome message for Liz? Share it in the comments! And if you want to join the FPA staff, we are still looking for a grant writer. Learn more here.
Who is the best storyteller you know?
The best storyteller I know is a radio personality/writer I’ve followed for years named Jonathan Goldstein. He has a show on Canadian Radio called Wiretap that was just picked up in the states this year. He has a way of making ordinary people seem heroic and heros seem ordinary.
What is your dream slam theme?
My dream slam theme is stolen from one of my favorite This American Life episodes – CRINGE.
What was it like growing up in Danville, PA? How does it feel to go back there now?
My hometown of Danville, PA (a small town in rural “Northeastern Central PA”) is really important to me. The small community taught me to be responsible for others – big kids look out for small kids and neighbors take care of one another. I go home at least once a month to see friends and family. It’s where I regroup and gain perspective. And eat apple dumplings.
What would chapter six of your memoir be called?
Chapter 6 of my Memoir would be… evidence of a ridiculously long memoir at this point in my life. Here’s how it would go down: I would write “Chapter 6” at the top of the page, realize I’d filled five whole chapters, throw my head back and laugh at myself, and then go out and do something amazing!
As Programming Coordinator you will be working with artists across artistic disciplines whose work is inspired by real life. If you were to represent your story in any artistic medium, which would you choose and why?
If I represented my story in an artistic medium, it would be a site-specific theatre piece where the audience would move through the woods behind my childhood home. Performers would pop out from behind trees and sing songs by Ani DiFranco and Tom Waits.