Meet the new storytellers:
Nicole Rohr works for WYCC PBS Chicago in Englewood doing community outreach on the South Side of Chicago.
Mayra Elisa Buitron is interested in telling stories through various platforms such as social media/video/radio/print and giving a detailed picture of something that is happening in Chicago’s immigrant communities.
Nick Walker has lived in Chicago for the past seven year and works as a mental health advocate on the north side.
Sam Zelitch is
“like a Mike Daisey, minus the controversy”, “the white Tyler Perry”.
Amanda Cortes is (a lawyer) from Little Village, she volunteers with Pros Arts, Yollocalli, Casa Aztlan, Pilsen Open Studios and with the National Immigrant Justice Center on expungement workshops and immigration issues.
Arika Rogers is a writer at heart. She would like to experiment with writing for radio.
Matt Linas is a volunteer and member of L.U.C.H.A. (Latin United Community Housing Association) and the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign (C.A.E.C.)
Alexander Rojas recently was head writer on a community based theater project with The American Theatre Company that required writers to interview residents from Logan Square and Humboldt Park.
Dannette Chavez says storytelling is a passion that she’s only indulged in her personal life. She has worked at the Chicago Reader for 9 years, doing everything except writing.
Jamie Smith is a member of Pride Films and Plays, a 3 year old non-profit theater centered in Uptown. Part of their mission is to “use storytelling to build a cultural bridge to understanding”.