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Story-Centered Public Speaking/Monologue- For Human Library Chicago
Read/Write Library
Chicago, IL
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Story-Centered Public Speaking/Monologue- For Human Library Chicago
Have you ever thought about becoming a storyteller or applying storytelling techniques to enhance your public speaking? At Human Library Chicago, we believe everyone has a story to tell. Thats why were organizing this workshop- for our Books, Readers, or anyone interested in using storytelling techniques to share their life experiences.  

In this applied workshop for story-centered public speaking/monologue, we have three goals in mind:
1.Participants will learn how to integrate storytelling techniques and apply them to public speaking in general;
2.Participants will learn how to integrate storytelling techniques and apply them to an introductory monologue and the Q & A session, in the style of Human Library events;
3.Participants will learn to become a more effective communicator.

This workshop will be taught by Ada Cheng, a professor-turned storyteller and performing artist. She will highlight some techniques for storytelling and show how storytellers use them. She will then teach you how to apply these techniques and integrate them into the Human Library method. During the workshop, the participants will have an opportunity to apply these techniques and to practice their speech/monologue.

Workshop Instructor Bio:

Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller and performing artist. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, New York, Asheville, and Kansas City. In 2017, she performed her first solo show, Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire, at National Storytelling Conference, Capital Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, and Boulder Fringe Festival. Her solo show received a great review from The Washington Post. She debuted her second solo show, Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving across Borders, with Fillet of Solo Storytelling Festival at Lifeline Theatre in January 2018. She brought her second solo performance to The Exit Theater in San Francisco in June. She will again bring her second solo show to the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York in October this year.
Ada is the producer and the host of three shows, which include Pour One Out: A Monthly Themed Storytelling Series at Volumes Bookcafe and Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show, where people tell personal stories to critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity and the construction of masculinity and manhood. She is also the co-producer and co-host of Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show, along with Archy Jamjun, a show where they showcase Asian/Asian American storytellers and performing artists.
Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell. Check out her website:


Read/Write Library (View)
914 N. California
Chicago, IL 60622
United States


Arts > Performance
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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