DonHallChicago

With a background in the arts - from acting, directing, storytelling, podcasting, improvisation and teaching - I can assist you with just about any artistic endeavor you need.

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STORYTELLER

In addition to performing as a professional improviser with Chicago ComedySportz (1993-1998), I also served as the host of The Moth in Chicago (2011 - 2016) hosting fifty-eight story slams at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Martyrs', SPACE, Fitzgerald's, and Lincoln Hall as well as eight Moth Grand Slams at Park West and the Athenaeum Theatre.

As a storyteller, I have performed at:

This Much is True
(3 times as a teller) The Moth Grandslam

OUTSpoken
Story Club (North and South)
Essay Fiesta
Tenx9
WNEP Theater's SKALD Competition
Story Jam
Story Sessions
First Person Live
WRITE CLUB
Homewood Stories
The Bucket Show
(5) side project theater storytelling festival

 

The Stoop
(3) Chicago Liar's Contests

That's All She Wrote
Salonathon
Seven Deadly Sins
Guts & Glory
LitMASH

Uptown Poetry Slam
Here, Chicago
Elizabeth's Crazy Little Thing
Fillet of Solo
Do Not Submit

The God, Death & Sex Show
Grown Folks Stories

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I also teach workshops in storytelling and can provide a solid curriculum as well as on site teaching for either corporate skill building or personal performance.

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PODCAST RECORDING

In addition to recording and editing my own storytelling podcast, Peculiar Journeys, I also record and edit several live events podcasts, the Literate ApeCast, and the Am I Man Enough? series.

Using the Shure Motiv app, an MV-88 microphone and an iPad Pro, I can guarantee portability, speed and a full service experience from recording to broadcast.

WRITING PORTFOLIO

I've been writing and publishing essays, stories, articles and have self published a number of books for a while.

Below are a few samples of my writing for consideration.

The Ease of Accusation and Biased Belief 

Personal narrative framed by researched commentary.

Digital Tombstones and Dying Invisibly in Plain Sight 

Personal narrative framed by researched commentary.

Is It Art or Is It Competitive Therapy? The Paradox of the Slam 

Cultural criticism.

Relationship Advice from "Gone Girl" 

Self help from an unlikely source.

Skewering a Genre Perfectly: Not About Dicks but About the Justice System 

Cultural review.