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Saturday, May 27, 2017, 12:00PM

Pitch! Commonspace Auditions

First Person Arts

DATES Saturday, May 27 and Wednesday May 31
TIMES Saturday: 1PM Story Booth Recordings, 2PM Show | Wednesday: 5PM Story Booth Recordings, 7PM Show
LOCATIONS Saturday at William Way LGBTQ Community Center (1315 Spruce St., Philadelphia)
                       Wednesday at United Bank (3750 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia)

"Pitch! combined the energy of live performance with the intimacy
and insights of a creative writing workshop." – Jared, past participant

WHYY and First Person Arts are looking for stories to be featured on Commonspace, our collaborative radio show, podcast, and live event series responding to the pressing issues of our time. Come tell your provocative, heartwarming or remarkable story for a chance to be featured!

Don't have a story this time? Join us as an audience member!

How do I get an audition slot?
Click here to submit a brief, written synopsis of your experience for consideration by our panel of storytelling experts. The deadline to submit is May 12. If you are selected for an in-person audition for one of the audition dates above, you will be notified by May 19.

What happens at the auditions?
Storytellers are invited to record their tales at designated recording stations. A limited number of storytellers will also be invited to perform their stories live on stage for the Commonspace team, and an intimate audience.

I missed the deadline! What should I do?
We do allow walk-in participants. Walk-in storytellers are screened, and are not guaranteed an onstage audition.

What makes a great pitch?
Stories should:
· Be 5 minutes or less
· Be inspired by your real life experiences
· Have a strong arc with an attention-grabbing beginning, absorbing middle, and clear ending or resolution
· Relate to one of the following themes: Veterans, Setting the Record Straight, Gender Identity, Pregnancy/Abortion/Adoption, Putting the "Fun" back in "Funeral," and Mothers/Daughters. More info on themes here.
· Click here for more storytelling tips.

Questions? Email

Photo credit: Jen Cleary.

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What is Commonspace?
Commonspace shares remarkable true stories that speak to the pressing issues of our time. Whatever tomorrow’s news cycle may bring, we’ll be here with real life stories to put it all into context. This Commonspace is your springboard for processing today's headlines, and feeling a bit more connected to the world.

Commonspace was born when two trusted, Philadelphia-based organizations with expertise in sharing thought-provoking stories came together to create a place as fun, poignant, and maddening as the world that surrounds us. Through trusted journalism, artistic responses, and innovative partnership, WHYY and First Person Arts are building Commonspace to broaden our understanding of ourselves, each other, and the world


Commonspace has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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