iO offers a variety of unique workshops throughout the year.
Storytelling with Ada Cheng
In this well-rounded introductory storytelling class, we will discuss basic tenets of storytelling art, including the structure of stories, oral vs. written traditions, storytelling vs. live-lit scenes in Chicago, performative and emotional components in storytelling, the dynamics between storytellers and audience members, and the purpose of storytelling. Students will learn to construct and tell stories in this class.
Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller and performing artist. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, New York, Asheville, and Kansas City. In 2017, she performed her first solo show, Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire, at National Storytelling Conference, Capital Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, and Boulder Fringe Festival. Her solo show received a great review from The Washington Post. She debuted her second solo show, Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving across Borders, with Fillet of Solo Storytelling Festival at Lifeline Theatre in January 2018. She will be bringing this performance to The Exit Theater in San Francisco in June and the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York in October this year. Ada is the producer and host of the show Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show, where people tell personal stories to critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity and the construction of masculinity and manhood. In addition, she is the co-producer and co-host of Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show, along with Archy Jamjun, a show where they showcase Asian/Asian American storytellers and performing artists. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell. Check out her website: www.renegadeadacheng.com
When: Saturdays, June 16th to July 14th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm (No class July 7th)
Where: “1st Beat Room”, located on the second floor of the iO Theater.
Podcast Creation and Production with Simone Salis
Steve Jobs once defined indie podcasting as ‘amateur hour‘. While controversial since podcasting has been one of Apple’s main engines behind the digital audio revolution, it’s extremely important for every creator to produce high quality material to match broadcast radio standards and shine through an ocean of new shows released daily. In this workshop, you will be introduced to techniques to properly structure your content (formats, genres, commercials, teasers, music), strategies to get the best quality out of your budget (microphones, headphones, accessories), methods to edit your show (basic techniques, freeware vs. paid software, optimization), approaches to publishing (hosting, RSS, and distribution), and the best ways to promote it (social, websites, graphics).
Simone Salis is a transnational radio host and content producer for RAI public radio, Viacom, and Discovery Networks Intl. He hosted and produced shows on Italy’s RAI public radio for over 8 years, consistently reaching an average of 500k+ weekly. While in Chicago, he has been senior correspondent for Comedy Central Italy, entirely producing segments aired during the late night show. iO Chicago and The Second City alumnus, he currently produces and hosts Hoomans, a profile interviews show featuring guests like David Pasquesi (TJ&Dave), Danielle Feinberg (Director of Photography for Lighting, Pixar), Cathy Pearl (Google Assistant Lead, Google), and much more. You can find his complete resumé and portfolio on simonesalis.com.
When: Saturdays, July 21st to August 11th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: “Writing Room”, located on the second floor of the iO Theater.