Philadelphia holds many unique events throughout the year. One every fall is the First Person Arts Festival, curated by First Person Arts, the city’s home for storytelling. Nowhere else in the world is there an entire festival of programming dedicated to the craft of people telling their own true stories. The Festival, held this year November 4-15 at venues around the city, includes performances by local storytellers as well as those with national and international presences. Tickets are on sale now. The theme this year is “Share Life” and events range from food experiences to interactive workshops to storytelling performances.
We thought we would highlight several components of the Festival that are likely to appeal to our readership, and we urge everybody to view the full set of story-related pieces on offer.
- Fans of the podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” will want to attend an evening with creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Cecil Baldwin will interview them and Disparition will provide music.
- Philadelphian Doogie Horner has a new book out through Quirk Books, “Kid Athletes“. In his Festival show, he shares his stories in addition to those of athletes as kids, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the book’s production.
- David Crabb presents “Bad Kid,” based on his new memoir about growing up gay and goth in Texas.
- Elna Baker, a storyteller heard on This American Life and The Moth, will teach her workshop “Standup Storytelling: From Craft to Performance.” The workshop covers the entire process of bringing a story to life on stage.
- And, of course, the Festival includes The 15th Season Grand Slam. This determines the coveted “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia” title. Margot Leitman of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” will host.
First Person Arts Festival
November 4-15, 2015
Venues throughout Philadelphia
Prices vary by event
Photo Credit: Erika Lee Vonie / First Person Arts