By day, Suzy Dritz works part time as a legal secretary for a sole practitioner in the southern suburbs and also runs a senior social program for Jewish Community Centers of Chicago. She lives in Homewood with her trophy husband, Randy. Together, they are the proud parents of three adult daughters. In her spare time, Suzy loves to go out to hear live music, knit functional objects and sing showtunes to her two ugly dogs.
Barbara Eberhard is the producer and host of STORIES R Us. She taught photography at the University of St. Francis and was staff photographer at the Philip Lynch Theatre for over 30 years She was the director of the children’s theatre Eberhard and Friends. Barbara is a member of artitude and Chicago Society of Artists. . You can view her work at barbaraeberhard.com
Story telling is part of Matt’s DNA. One of four boys from his beloved home in southern Virginia everyday was an adventure, or at least a story about one!
A Naperville stay at home father to four of his own now Matt strives to find new stories in his life. Coaching everything , running Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and PTA. Always connected to his roots Matt passes his life stories on to all who care to listen.
Barbara Kirby is a wife (married to the same man for 48 years), a mother of 2, and grandmother of 4. She, her husband, and her children’s families all live in the greater Chicagoland area. She was the third child of 6 children—5 girls and 1 boy— and the only one born in Illinois. Her father was transferred with his job quite often. So she grew up in Illinois, Oregon, and California. As a result of all these moves, she went to 5 different grade schools and 2 different high schools—both public and private schools. Growing up, she loved to have books read to her and loved reading books to herself and others. Barbara graduated from the University of Illinois with a teaching degree and spent several years as an elementary school teacher. Eventually, she transferred her teaching skills to become an editor. For over 30 years, she was a senior editor for textbook publishing companies, such as McGraw-Hill and Pearson. Part of her job included writing short stories. A couple of years ago, her children bought her a subscription to Storyworth. They asked her questions about her life, and she loved writing the answers. Eventually, a book was published with her short stories. Now she enjoys telling these stories to the Stories R Us audience. She wishes to thank Barbara Eberhard for mentoring her through storytelling workshops.
Betsey Milord recently moved back to her hometown of Joliet. By day, she is a Commercial Insurance Broker who loves playing the piano, acting and believes in the power of stories. Betsey has performed with many Chicago and south suburban storytelling groups.