What is Story Sessions?

whatisstorysessionsStory Sessions is a monthly show, based in Chicago, featuring six different storytellers each month. Each performer shares a 10-minute non-fiction story that ties back to the theme for the night. The performers range from professional actors, playwrights and comedians to traditional writers and even first time tellers.

Each show begins with a live set of music as the audience arrives, finds their seats and gets comfortable with food and beverages. During the show, the audience is encouraged to anonymously write a line or two on Story Sessions stationery with their own thoughts related to the show theme. Some of the responses are read aloud by the host between stories.

While the stories are performed, an artist sketches an interpretation of each tale. At the end of the show, we distribute a bookmark with some of our favorite lines from the show as well as the next show date. After the show, we share the recording through our podcast, which now has more than 35,000 downloads.

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Next show: February 16 “Love is…”

Next show: February 16 “Love is…”

Sunday, February 16: 6-9pm at City Winery Even in record low temps, storytelling in Chicago continues to heat up. Join us at one of the hottest storytelling shows, Story Sessions, for a night of music, stories and art. Appropriately themed … Continue reading 

February guest artist: Erik Sosa-Kibby

sosa_headshotOur resident artist Betsy Cypert will be jet setting to Ireland this February. In her absence, we have a guest artist stepping in to grace us with interpretive story art- Chicago native, Erik Sosa-Kibby.

About Erik: Erik Sosa-Kibby quickly made a name for himself in the Chicago and Milwaukee art world as one of the most original and innovative new artists to be painting the Midwest.

sosa art01Having started his painting career in 2002, Sosa has mounted several self exhibitions, been featured in collective shows, received national recognition and has proven to be a stalwart of the non-profit community for his generosity.

Inspired by all directions of life, Sosa’s work continues to be a kaleidoscope of paintings that range in size, form and style. “I never really know what I’ll be painting,” says Sosa.

sosa art03“You could say each canvas is a page in a coloring book of my life.” With work often compared to Kandinsky, Haring and Pollock, Sosa’s diverse style allows him to mimic other great artists while bringing a signature all his own.

We’re excited to see what Erik will create at the February 16th show!

Stories are better with Bacon

The first time the Bacon sisters performed at Story Sessions in September 2013, they completely blew us away with their heavenly voices. They are returning to Story Sessions for our February “Love is…” show to share their celestial sound with an even bigger audience. We can’t wait to hear them perform alongside our resident band, Dog 1. Ladies, take it away!

January 11: Fillet of Solo festival show recap

January 11: Fillet of Solo festival show recap

On January 11th, the hilarious duo, Kelsie Huff and Kristin Clifford, joined Story Sessions as guest hosts for the Fillet of Solo Festival. They entertained the audience and introduced our five featured performers telling stories all with the theme, “Work … Continue reading 

Fillet of Solo Illustrated

Fillet of Solo Illustrated

Story Sessions resident artist, Betsy Cypert, once again worked her drawing magic for the January Story Sessions at the Fillet of Solo festival. We’re thrilled about this new installment of heartfelt and imaginative story art! Jennifer Ann Coffeen: “My mission … Continue reading