About The Program
Step into the world of storytelling with our esteemed 2024 Creative Fellow, Julie Ganey. Julie is an accomplished actor, writer, and storyteller who has been performing and teaching in Chicago for more than 20 years. In this evening Moth-style workshop, you will learn the process of developing a first person narrative that focuses on themes of identity and the many roles we play in our own lives. At once, we are all so many people. We may be parents, children, colleagues, community members, and creatives–performing a balancing act of our many roles. In this one special evening, you will explore the building blocks of developing a personal narrative around this theme, have an opportunity to share your story, and walk away with a solid draft and tools to continue expanding on your writing. Connect with fellow aspiring writers over a cocktail and share the evening immersed in story.
Julie Ganey is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator whose work encompasses writing, storytelling, theatre, and improvisation. Her projects reflect a deep belief in the power of stories and collaborative artmaking to build community and break down barriers between individuals and groups. She is happy to now call both Chicago and Michigan home. As a professional actor, Julie has appeared on numerous Chicago stages over many years, and her three original solo plays, The Half-Life of Magic, Love Thy Neighbor…till it hurts, and Good Enough have been produced throughout the Midwest. As part of the award-winning comedy ensemble Wavelength, Julie spent years performing all over the U.S. and leading workshops for teachers and executives on conflict resolution and improvisation. She is an active member of the Chicago live lit storytelling scene and is a company member at 2nd Story. Julie is a tenacious advocate of arts education and has served in leadership positions at theatres of various sizes where she creates performance pieces with collaborators ages 3 to 93. Julie is an adjunct professor at The Theatre School at DePaul, and a long-time teaching artist at the Goodman Theatre. (AEA/SAG-AFTRA)