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Saturday, May 27, 2017, 12:00PM

Pitch! Commonspace Auditions

First Person Arts

Saturday, May 27
1PM Story Booth Recordings, 2PM Show
William Way LGBTQ Community Center (1315 Spruce St., Philadelphia)

Wednesday, May 31
5PM Story Booth Recordings, 7PM Show
The 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.

Pre-selected storytellers will either be invited to record their stories with audio technitions in our Commonspace Story Booth, or will perform on stage in front of the Commonspace directors and an intimate audience.

How do I get an audition slot?
The deadline for stories has now passed, however, we do accept walk-in storytellers. Walk-in storytellers are screened, and are not guarenteed an on stage 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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