Do You See Me Now? Stories of Demanding Discovery

Join us for our first show at Found, with some of our favorite stories from this past year.  From two friends figuring out how to show up for each other, to a young man navigating unknown territory, these four stories will explore our individual needs to see and be seen.

Food and drink will be available during the event, but patrons also have the option to arrive early and dine in the front room before adjourning to the Salon for the show!

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The Storytellers

Kim Hunt

Kim L. Hunt is an activist, urban planner, start up enthusiast, and lifelong learner. During her 30 year career Kim’s focused on building and strengthening thriving communities. She is currently executive director of Affinity Community Services (Affinity), a 20 year old Chicago social justice organization that works with and for Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies in the areas of civic engagement, health and wellness, and leadership development. Prior to coming to Affinity she owned a community development consulting firm and worked for the third largest public transportation agency in the US. Her accomplishments have included tripling Affinity’s budget and increasing its public policy work, directing a three-day conference on LGBTQ youth homelessness, raising over $14 million for client programs and operations, and creating inclusive community engagement projects for community infrastructure investment. Kim teaches mini-courses at the University of Chicago. She is also co-host of OUTSpoken! LGBTQ Storytelling, a published author, and a member of several civic boards and advisory councils.

Megan Stielstra

Megan Stielstra is the author of Once I Was Cool. Her work appears in The Best American Essays, New York Times, Guernica, The Rumpus, and on National Public Radio, and she performs regularly for 2nd Story and The Paper Machete live news magazine at The Green Mill. Her next collection, The Wrong Way To Save Your Life, is forthcoming summer 2017 from Harper Perennial.

Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke

Reshmi Rustebakke holds an MFA in Directing from DePaul University, as well as BFA from Tisch School of the Arts in Drama. She has worked primarily in new play development. Recent projects include CHOOSING TO BE HERE: A STORYTELLING FESTIVAL, with Side Project, BASTARDS in Reykjavik, Iceland with Vesturport; THE PENTAEON at Fox Valley Rep; Ignition festival at Victory Gardens. Some favorite projects include VENUS by Suzan-Lori Parks, NORMAL by Anthony Neilson, INKY by Rinne Groff, MONSTER by Neal Bell, SUNSET PARTY by Cory Conley, HAZEL WARRIOR PRINCESS by Derya Derman, WHAT WILL I DO WHEN YOU'RE GONE? by Neal Bell, THE MIGRATION by Matthew K. Johnson . She was also the recipient of the Robert Moss Directing Residency at Playwrights Horizons Theater Company 2007-2008, as well as the Artist of Color Fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop 2008-2009. Upcoming, she will be working with Victory Gardens, Chicago Shakes, Erasing the Distance, and Next Theatre Company.

Ric Walker

Ric is a performer, teacher and writer. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous plays in and out of Chicago including No Place to be Somebody, Red Badge of Courage and The Balcony. He has starred in a number of independent films including The Promise Keeper, Propellerheads, and Deadbeat at Dawn as well as four Television pilots. He has worked as a corporate spokesman for such companies as Eli Lilly, Computer Associates and Oracle. He has taught Improvisation, Acting and Writing for organizations including Pegasus Players, After School Matters and The Second City. He has performed with The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Comedy Sportz Chicago, The Second City and MCTD (Midwest Comedy Tool & Die).  He is a member Emeritus of Second Story. Ric has designed and facilitated workshops on improvisation, public speaking and communications for corporations and organizations such as Pepsi, Starbucks and Northwestern University Law School.  Ric has  been published in a compendium of short stories entitled Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck.

Sarah Zematis

Sarah Zematis is a performer, writer, director & producer, as well as a proud company member of 2nd Story. She has worked throughout Chicago with companies such as Porchlight, Emerald City & Strawdog. She was featured in the Chicago cast of Listen to your Mother, a nationwide storytelling event, giving Motherhood a microphone. Check out her story “Crazy Lazy Eye” here. Some of her more interesting performance credits include being a maiden at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, singing with an Andrews Sisters trio at Green Dolphin Street, and giving voice to deaf actors at Centerlight Theatre. But, far and away, her favorite gig is being Mom to her Wee Three. Not only do they fill the days with fun – they make for some excellent story material! To hear more, check out her podcast stories that are available for your listening pleasure: "St. Baldricks", “SundaySundaySunday” and “Privacy Please” (on iTunes).

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