Ellen Mayer is a historian, educator, and recovering journalist originally from Brooklyn, NY. Formerly she worked as politics editor at South Side Weekly and producer of Chicago's only underground radical news show The Hoodoisie. She is also a co-creator of the Girl, I Guess Progressive Voter Guide. Ellen is now pursuing her deep love for and curiosity about Chicago by way of a masters in History at UIC. She can most frequently be found at the lake.
Jill Hopkins is a writer, singer, DJ, comedian and percussionist who also happens to be the host of the Morning AMp on Vocalo Radio, 91.1FM, in Chicago.
Jill is a former volunteer and host for CHIRP, a contributor to WBEZ's Morning Shift as a pop culture critic, a freelance writer for The Onion AV Club, a regular at the Paper Machete as a comedic essayist, and a sometimes contributor to the well-being of her family and friends.
Danielle Sines is a singer-songwriter for Chicago's Impulsive Hearts. She sings, shouts, plays guitar and piano, and records noises on tape recorders.She likes melodies that remind her of summertime.
When she's not dreaming up summery tunes, she's working as a marriage & family therapist, or volunteering for CHIRP Radio or Girls Rock! Chicago.
Danielle's latest release is called, metoo: a benefit for Resilience, a limited edition cassette tape EP with all proceeds donated to Resilience Chicago! (www.ourresilience.org)
Roberto moved to Chicago from the west coast three years ago and I’ve been enjoying everything except the polar vortex. He's always been a fan of music, performance and making people laugh, and I’ve a volunteer for CHIRP for over a year and a DJ for 9 months.
Tekki Lomnicki is the founder and Artistic Director of Tellin’ Tales Theatre, a 23-year old company dedicated to shattering the barriers between the disabled and non-disabled worlds through the power of personal story. Tekki’s two full-length plays When Heck Was a Puppy: The Living Testimonies of Folk Artist Edna Mae Brice and Blurred Vision were critically acclaimed by The Chicago Reader and The Chicago Sun Times. She has written and performed over 26 solo performance pieces, and starred in the award-winning film, The Miracle by Jeffrey Jon Smith. She taught youth at Chicago’s Gallery 37 and After School Matters, and adults at the Victory Gardens Training Center. She is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship in New Performance Forms, the 2008 3Arts Award in Theater, the 2010 Grigsby Award for Excellence in Solo Performance, the 2014 Dan Van Hecke Award for outstanding leadership and service to the disability community and was named a 2016 Duke of Distinction at York Community High School in Elmhurst. She is currently working on a new full-length musical spotlighting the disability experience.
Tyler Snodgrass is a comedian living in Chicago. Often inspired by his religious upbringing in the Ozarks, his previous career as a public school teacher, and his banjo, Tyler combines vulnerable stories with a delightful silliness that can make any topic accessible and hilarious. Tyler co-created and produces the comedic storytelling show and podcast, We Still Like You, which is based in Chicago and has chapters across the country. He is also an associate producer of MORTIFIED’s Chicago chapter.