We are in this together.

I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe, and finding ways to protect your emotional well-being during social distancing. 

It may be bold to hope that you'll also come through this time with a stronger connection to life within you and around you. 

But I do.  In the spirit of that hope, here are some offerings. 

Live Storytelling Classes Online 

For Adults, Youth & Teens

My name is Janna, and I'm a 17-year teacher of performance, and a coach for people who want to communicate better. I'm a storyteller, and I teach storytelling to people of all ages. I co-founded the storytelling programs at The Second City Training Center and at Chicago Dramatists, and I teach at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the Innovation Academy at the University of Notre Dame. In private practice, I help speakers (like TED Talkers, Moth Grand Slam winners, tech innovators, doctors, ministers and attorneys) tell more moving, entertaining, inspiring stories, and I work with organizations to help people communicate better. I produce a beloved and long-running live storytelling show called Here, Chicago


In all this work I have learned that developing oneself as a true-storyteller is a nourishing, centering and empowering process. I've also learned that storytelling serves to connect and uplift people. During this strange time of social distancing, I'm finding that live online classes are not only providing a valuable means for continued growth, but they're proving to be a source of laughter and dynamic connection for people of all ages who are stuck at home. 


For all these reasons, I'm offering a series of low-cost or free personal Storytelling classes for folks who could use some connection and upliftment in their lives-- or in their children's lives-- during the pandemic time. I'm also offering people who have financial means an opportunity to support someone who doesn't. Purchasing a Class Pass for a stranger, friend, or family member is a direct and loving way to support someone struggling with social isolation and loss of income. (It is also a direct and loving way to support a worthy teaching artist! :D) Read on for these special low-cost small-group offerings. Below the registration form on this page, you can learn more about the Class Pass, or about my work. 

LIVE STORY CLASSES FOR ADULTS!

A live, 5-week class via Zoom, with 3-6 other classmates, telling true stories! Enjoy group games and the camaraderie and support of a storytelling cohort. Complete manageable assignments, meet at a regular weekly time, receive feedback, and play! Click to read more

A 4-week Zoom class with one-on-one instruction and a curriculum tailored to your personal areas of interest and desired improvement in true-storytelling. Meet at a regular weekly time and complete assignments for feedback. Click to read more.

Live, one-on-one Zoom coaching to support you in communicating powerfully on a specific project, or in a general area of communication. Meet once, or for a series of coaching sessions on your schedule. Click to read more

LIVE STORY CLASSES FOR KIDS & TEENS!

GROUP STORYTELLING FOR AGES 8-10 or 11-13

A live, 6-week class taught via Zoom with 3-6 other students! Enjoy dynamic, playful group games and the camaraderie of a class. Students will learn about true-storytelling fundamentals and receive feedback on short, low-stress weekly assignments.  Group will meet at a regular weekly class time. Click to learn more

GROUP STORYTELLING FOR AGES 14-16 or 17-19

A live, 6-week class taught via Zoom with 3-6 other students! Enjoy dynamic, playful group games and the camaraderie of a class. Students will learn about true-storytelling fundamentals and receive feedback on short, low-stress weekly assignments. Group will meet at a regular weekly class time. Click to learn more

PRIVATE STORYTELLING LESSONS

Private, one-on-one storytelling lessons for students 8-18. Meet weekly over five weeks at a recurring time of your choice. Through playful, one-on-one activities and exercises, students will learn about true-story fundamentals, and receive feedback on short, low-stress weekly assignments. Click to learn more

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There are a limited number of spots available in my practice. For this reason, I want to confirm availability before you give me money. ;) To sign up for a class or coaching, simply enter your information in the fields to the left, and within 24 hours I'll send ya an old fashioned email confirming class availability and sharing payment links.


Thanks kindly, and hope to see you soon.


Janna

Buy a Class for Someone Else. 

Click the heart to learn more about donating a class to an adult or child who'd love some at-home learning 

and community, but doesn't have the funds right now. Or, click to learn how to receive a donated tuition.