Janna Sobel

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PUBLIC SPEAKER & PERFORMER

With nearly two decade's experience as a performer, I bring a dynamic, playful, genuine presence to any platform. I view the invitation to address people as an opportunity to listen for what they need first, and then put words to what matters. I use comedy and personal narrative to highlight the beautiful, absurd, difficult, and hope-giving aspects of shared experience that often go unspoken. I enjoy making people laugh, sense possibility, and remember things they already know but may have forgotten. 


As a speaker, I address the subjects of Healthy Group Dynamics and Creative Collaboration. I address listening and trust, and how these effect well-being in communities and individuals. I give attention to the knowing life inside people, and the good things that may come from honoring it. With delight and humor, I examine the obstacles placed in the way of trusting ourselves and each other, and offer strategies for their removal. 

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I have been a guest speaker for MOFi's Living Lab, Columbia College, WBEZ, Young Chicago Authors, The Young Non Profit Professionals Network, and The I&M Canal National Heritage Area, where I gave the Keynote address. I was once booked to give the Sunday sermon at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple!


As a solo performer and storyteller, I've been invited to stage two solo shows with Chicago Solo Theater, and won the world-renowned Uptown Poetry Slam's first and only Story Slam. I've been honored as a Year's Best Storyteller by The Encyclopedia Show and Real Talk Live, am a 3-time story slam winner with Write Club, and have been repeat-performer for Essay Fiesta, Story Club, This Much is True, and Chicago Slam Works. I've been a featured writer/performer for The Antidote, Young Chicago Authors, Story Sessions, Small Fish Radio Theater and Write Bloody Publishing. 


I am also an actor and improvisor, and in these Zoom times, I continue to speak, perform and play in tiny digital rectangles all over the world. If you'd like to invite me to speak, tell a story, or perform with your group, say hello! I'll reply within 48 hours.  

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Janna