What does it take to be a great Live Lit performer? In this four-week course, we’ll explore everything there is to know about live-lit/storytelling in Chicago. We’ll practice writing live-lit, see a few storytelling shows together, talk about performance and all the ins and outs of live lit — AND get you ready to crush the live lit scene with a real live class performance.
Absolutely zero previous experience necessary! This will be the kindest, most loving and supportive environment — if you’ve always wanted to perform in a live-lit show but have been nervous or worried about it — THIS IS YOUR SIGN.
Week 1: What is live-lit? What is storytelling? We’ll examine the form, its rules and how to master them.
Week 2: How do you write for live-lit? There are certain stories and writing that work best — what are they?
Week 3: Shows … the people, places, and personalities of live-lit in Chicago alllllll of your questions answered.
Week 4: The Performance — What are you supposed to do with your hands and other fun problems to explore.
Class Performance: Date and Time TBD
WHAT DOES THIS CLASS INCLUDE?
Outside reading: Any reading we’ll do in class together … there will be no outside homework. Though, I am planning on having little field trips to various live lit shows during the week. I know life is complicated so it’s not required.
About Jeremy Owens
Jeremy Owens is the creator, producer and host of You're Being Ridiculous, a long running live-lit show most recently featured at Steppenwolf Theatre as part of their LookOut Series. Jeremy is also the co-editor for Heauxs Chicago, and a writer for Oy!Chicago. His writing has appeared in The Daily Dot, Story Club Magazine, Role Reboot, The JUF News, and Thread, and his work has also been featured in the live-lit shows Essay Fiesta, Fillet of Solo Theatre Festival, Guts & Glory, Story Club Chicago, Story Sessions, The Paper Machete, This Much Is True, That's All She Wrote and others. He is a graduate of The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and has an MFA in performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
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