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
Worse than ‘Abraham Lincoln slept here,’ Meredith Morris has lived in Chicago and its suburbs in all directions before landing in Lockport for nuptial reasons in 2018. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and has a professional background in communications for mostly non-profit organizations, including The Morton Arboretum. Changing careers, she owned a company focused on helping older people downsize and deal with their lifelong accumulations of stuff. She now works in the senior living industry and lives as minimally as she can with her husband and cat.
R.C. Riley (she/her/they) is a writer, performer, activist, and warrior who began writing as a means of healing after a sexual assault. R.C.’s personal healing led to the creation of their first solo show, Wrong Way Journey. Their work examines the intersection of race, gender (sex), sexuality and faith and seeks to find justice for and liberate those marginalized by society. R.C. leads workshops, guest lectures, performs short stories and solo shows at colleges and theaters across the nation. Their solo shows include: Wrong Way Journey, SOGI Say What?!: LGBTQ+ Health Care Experiences, Take It Easy on The Left Hand, Please and their most recent work – I’m Not Trying To Be Funny. In addition, R.C. hosts a podcast titled BE EMPOWERED! with R.C., which addresses topics of concern for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQ+ communities. Follow R.C. on IG @rcrileyempowers or check out their website
Katie Ward began telling stories in 2019 with Art Inspired Live Lit classes in Lockport. She loves telling and hearing others’ stories and felt that she had found her tribe when she met others who seemed to feel that same way. Katie has lived long enough to retire from two careers, one as a teacher of hearing impaired students and another as a choreographer & teacher of children’s dance. Those experiences as well as those of an early member of the Boomer generation seem to have provided her with ample material to mine for stories.
Scott Whitehair is a Chicago storyteller, producer, and teaching artist. He is the producer of This Much Is True, now in its 16th year, the creator of Story Lab Chicago, which has put 850+ new or first time tellers on stage since 2011, co-host of Story Vroom Vroom, Evanston's monthly storytelling party, and the director of Do Not Submit, a series of community open mics all over Chicagoland designed to connect neighbors through storytelling. He has taught a perpetually sold out monthly class for over 10 years, and spends his days helping companies, organizations, and individuals to develop their voices and stories. Scott loves to share stories, but is even more excited to hear yours.