Columbia College Chicago


Storytellers is a curated panel discussion on the art of storytelling; how to develop the skill, and how it applies across disciplines, from the perspective of a few professionals.

Hosted by Brian Babylon (The Laugh Factory LA/CHI), a comedian and a recurring host for The Moth Story Slam, Windy City Live and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.

Confirmed panelists include STORY TELLERS:

Host: Brian Babylon

Brian Babylon is a Chicago-born comic and radio host living in Los Angeles. This self-proclaimed "Prince of Bronzeville," is a fixture in Chicago's rich comedy community. He performs regularly in LA and Chicago at the historic Laugh Factory, and in the UK at Jongleurs comedy club in London. Brian hosted and produced The Morning AMP radio show on Vocalo 89.5FM, a sister station of Chicago Public Radio. He is also a regular addition to Windy City Live, the popular NPR weekly news quiz show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, contributes to BBC Radio and often hosts The Moth Story Slam in Chicago.

Elizabeth Carter, Game Designer at Scientific Games

Elizabeth Carter is a game designer at Scientific Games, where she combines her mathematics degrees from Michigan State with her lifelong passion for games of all kinds to create engaging casino gaming experiences that are both captivating and easy to understand. Professionally, she regularly exercises her keen eye for usability and design to lead teams toward a common vision, directing artists, engineers, sound designers, and mathematicians. Elizabeth's interests extend further to include various hobbies such as music production and visual arts, and loves to find ways to combine these creative outlets with her favorite video game series to produce something both new and nostalgic. 

Brandon Markell Holmes, Grammy-nominated singer, actor, writer, multi-media artist

Brandon Markell Holmes is a formally trained theatre actor (BFA, 2011 UIC) who curates common ground in creative storytelling and abstract exposition. His work themes are reflective of social observations and the symbiotic relationship between art and history. Brandon's premiere works include a visual EP entitled, Inertia, featured on Afropunk, Art's Incubator with The University of Chicago, and in conjunction with OpenTV Beta at Northwestern University, as well as a collaboration with international recording artists The Gorillaz on "Circle of Friendz" off their 2017 album, Humanz. Brandon's song-writing has also achieved claim after "You Won't," produced by Bobby Wooten and Andre Danek, was picked up for FOX's Empire, season 4 episode 5, featuring Jussie Smollett.

Aimy Tien, Writer/Artist/Feminist

Aimy is a company member with 2nd Story, where they create and craft story-sharing experiences that foster meaningful connections between individuals and communities. A Chicago-based performer and writer, Aimy focuses on bringing the stories of people of color and marginalized groups to the page, stage, and screen. She is the Co-Director of Operations of Women of the Now, a womxn-run film collective, and makes art with Free Street Theater, About Face Theatre, Collaboraction, For Youth Inquiry, and others. Previous work can be found in The Manifest-Station, WirehouseCo, The Wheel, The Character Project, and other publications

Whitney Middleton, Wardrobe Stylist & Creative Consultant

Whitney Middleton is a trusted creative partner to some of the world's most celebrated independent artists. Whitney earned a Business degree from the University of Illinois before working in financial Project Management, & eventually Fashion Marketing. During this time she pursued styling outside the office in collaboration with local Chicago acts & artists until landing a role in wardrobe styling with Chance the Rapper. Today, Whitney is a full-time wardrobe professional best known for her contributions to Chance the Rapper's image & countless menswear trends lead by the Chicago rapper.

Robert Chiarito, Freelance Journalist, published in Reuters and The New York Times

Bob Chiarito is a lifelong Chicagoan. After graduating with a degree in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago, Bob worked for The City News Bureau of Chicago, where some of the country’s best reporters got their starts. After City News, Bob worked for The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, covering Chicago’s legal community. Currently, Bob freelances for The New York Times, Thomson Reuters, VICE News, The Daily Beast, and The Daily Herald. In addition, he runs an online publication called The Chicago Ambassador.

Shantira Jackson, Comedian, and Writer for "50 Central" on BET

Shantira Jackson is a Chicago transplant newly based in Brooklyn. She is a currently a staff writer for BET's sketch show "50 Central" and the game "Cards Against Humanity". She has been featured on Splitsider, Refinery29's "Strong Opinions Loosely Held" and was a contributing writer for the 2018 Writer's Guild Awards and the 2018 Webby Awards. She is an alum of The Second City Mainstage and can be seen performing all over the country with her critically acclaimed improv group 3Peat. 

Suzanne Deveney, Brand Strategist, and Adjunct Professor at Columbia

By day, Suzanne a brand strategist who works with companies and business leaders, helping them achieve success by clarifying their message to get to the heart of their value. By night, she's an aspiring author, continually honing the craft of creative writing while working on a number of short stories and her first novel. She can often be found riding her bike around Chicago, taking photos and seeking inspiration to better her work in both areas. As a teacher, Suzanne helps students develop analytical thinking and real-world skills to effectively communicate with target audiences. Suzanne has contributed to Foodable, Momentum Magazine, Loving the Bike, Work Truck Magazine, and other publications.  

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

1104 S. Wabash Ave., Film Row, 8th Floor
1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605