Elic and I had the opportunity to perform at STORY conference this past week. In keeping with the theme of "making the unseen visible" - or something like that, we wrote and staged a radio play, where the two of us were the only ones who showed up. Hilarity ensued, and we had a great time - thanks Ben Arment, for the opportunity! Here are some great pics taken from the sketch:
I'm very excited about the STORY conference this year. I met Ben Arment a few years ago and loved his passion for the creative class. Last year my brother Elic and I had an opportunity to be a part of many brainstorming sessions leading up to the event, and participated onstage through some comedic bits that helped pay tribute to the sponsors who made the thing happen. In addition, our church's theatre company (Epic Theatre) provided actors who strolled the downtown Aurora area as conference-goers were entering and getting registered. (in fact, a great photo was taken of our boys last year, and it was used in this year's promotional packet - I'll post it here at the end of my post)
This year, the conference moves from Aurora to Chicago - at Park Community Church's fantastic (and relatively new) space. It's going to be great! The speakers are incredible, and very inspiring to the creatives out there trying to tell the one great story in imaginative ways. Here's the list of Speakers:
Dan Allender - best-selling author, professor at Mars Hill Graduate School
Charlie Todd - creator of Improv Everywhere in New York City
Princess Zulu - AIDS victim from infancy, advocate for the oppressed
Jason Fried - founder of 37Signals, creator of Basecamp, author of Rework
John Sowers - president of Donald Miller's The Mentoring Project
Shauna Niequist - former creative director at Mars Hill, author of Bittersweet
David Hodges - formerly of the band Evanescence, award-winning songwriter
Leonard Sweet - futurist, author of 40 books, professor at Drew University
David McFadzean - creator of Home Improvement, producer of Roseanne
Richard Walter - accomplished screenwriter and professor of film at UCLA
Sean Gladding - member of Communality, a new monastic community
Andrew Klavan - author of True Crime (Clint Eastwood) and numerous novels
Gary Dorsey - founder of Pixel Peach Studio in Austin, TX
Chuck Swindoll - best-selling author, pastor (appearing via hologram)
Music by Vicky Beeching, Kari Jobe and Carlos Whittaker
And... I just finished a phone call with Ben, and Elic and I are in the process of figuring out a really cool way to contribute to the theme through a performance piece. I'm hoping it will all come together - would hate to not do something creative at a creatives conference!
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