Join us for a live evening of storytelling featuring the stories of Immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers their descendants and allies. Originally created and produced by Nestor "the Boss" Gomez, the show premiered in Chicago in 2017 and now presents ongoing shows in L.A and New York as well as a Podcast.
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Shannon Cason (ally) is a host, MainStage storyteller, and GrandSlam champion with The Moth. He is a regular on Snap Judgment; awarded their Best Performance Award. Shannon has appeared on countless podcasts and storytelling stages, including TEDx, RISK!, Third Coast Festival, Podcast Movement, and upcoming film projects. Shannon has shared his stories all over the country.
Archy Jamjun is the curator of Outspoken LGBTQ. He has won Chicago Biggest Liar, 6 moth slams and two grand slams but is still not good enough for his cat Ladyboy. You can follow him on IG @archyjam.
Jasmin Cardenas (descendant) was born to Colombian immigrants. Jasmin has always lived between worlds being told she's not fully American in the U.S. and a gringa in South America. Jasmin was awarded a 2020-2022 LAB Fellowship from Georgetown University's Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics for her work harnessing the power of art into action. This Chicagoan cares about her comunidad & world and pursues artistic and community work that makes concrete changes today while simultaneously changing hearts over time.
Jitesh Jaggi (immigrant) is a Moth award-winning storyteller who believes that by harnessing our personal stories we can communicate effectively across barriers. Having traveled the world Jitesh Jaggi teaches how despite our backgrounds, our fears and hopes are surprisingly common.
Julie Meckler is a French/American multi-disciplinary performing artist. After a career in France in theater as an actress, director and educator, she reinvented herself, moved by herself to the USA and became a singer-songwriter She's been part of the Chicago music scene since 2008, released "Queenshead" a critically acclaimed album in 2013. She leads a monthly movement/community-building workshop at Elastic Arts named "Shake/Shook/Shaken". She's also a storyteller, a birth educator, a doula, a Social-Emotional-Learning Specialist and a French teacher.
Nestor "the boss" Gomez was born in Guatemala and moved to Chicago undocumented in the mid-80's . He is a seventy-three time Moth Slam winner, three time Chicago Moth Grand Slam winner, 2022 Milwaukee Grand Slam winner and 2022 National Storytelling Association Grand Slam winner. He is also the creator, producer, curator and host of 80 Minutes Around the World
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