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04/16/2012

Meet Team Philly

We’ve got a dynamic line up set for this year’s City vs. City Slam, part of the Philadelphia Book Festival. A sell out program for three years running, this year three of your First Person Arts favorites are taking on storytellers from Detroit. The theme is “Mistaken Identity.” But there’s no mistaking which team will rise to the top! (Cue the Rocky film series music.)

2012 Team Philly is made up of winner of “Best Presentation” at the 2011 Fall Grand Slam, Bernardo; First Person Arts Grand Slam champion and Moth StorySlam storyteller, Juliet; and recent StorySlam winner, Lansie.

Let’s let Team Detroit know who they’re up against, shall we? You can meet our storytellers in the bios and pics below, but the best way to get to know them is by hearing their stories. Be sure to scope out their storytelling style in the links to videos following their bios.


Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Bernardo Morillo attended law school for two years at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and film school at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He completed his BFA in the film program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he has lived and worked for the past 21 years. Bernardo makes his living as a film and video editor/director, cutting and making documentaries, as well as commercials. Both his wife and six-year-old son like it when he tells them stories. Watch Bernardo’s winning story from the “Against the Odds” StorySlam.


Juliet Hope Wayne was named “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia” by First Person Arts and was the first female to win the MOTH GrandSlam. She also has been featured on the MOTH Podcast and the MOTH Radio Hour on NPR. She and seven other raconteurs were hand selected by the MOTH founder to tour for three weeks with the “Unchained Storytelling Tour.”


Lansie first moved to Philadelphia three years ago, and has been a part of the First Person Arts family since 2011. She’s previously participated as a storyteller during frequent “Live Bait” events hosted by Phil Goldman (http://philgoldmanstories.com) in Providence, RI. By day, she works as a fundraising and development professional. By night, she watches enviable amounts of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Watch Lansie’s Winning “Social Network” Story.

Cheer on Bernardo, Juliet, and Lansie and show your Philly spirit!
Philly vs. Detroit Slam
Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Free Library of Philadelphia, Montgomery Auditorium
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Buy tickets here or call 1-800-595-4849 to order by phone.

-Becca Jennings

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