No, YOU Tell It! is a treasure of a show. You have to witness it to really get how special it is. Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons assembled a team that puts so much heart and soul into guiding storytellers of different ages, races, genders, and backgrounds to swap stories, so that the performers are in each other’s shoes, as the saying goes. The result is hilarious and heartwarming, but also, such a profound experiment in fostering empathy. Everyone in the room, storytellers, show producers, and audience members, have an unforgettably moving evening of entertainment together, and that special sort of connecting of people going on in the show really is something to be cherished.
What an incredible night at Symphony Space last week! We’re still on Cloud 9 and couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who made the night a success by attending in person, via the livestream, and/or donating. Check out more “College Try” photos on Facebook or Instagram.
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Special shout out to all who helped us provide free student tickets to high school juniors. We had a wonderful pre-show college essay jumpstart workshop, and the students loved the show!!
Plus, we raised $500 during our story trivia in support of Bottom Line.
Have or know students starting the college application process? Entertainers and educators trading true tales is an excellent way to encourage students to think about the story they want to tell with their college essays.
Students attending our “College Try” show at Symphony Space can sign up for a pre-show workshop to jumpstart ideas for a college essay that opens a window into their unique character for admissions officers.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to register. Ask me about our discount code for student tickets!
Honored to have my essay “My Timeline Stops March 10, 2020” in The Corona Chronicle, a charitable anthology capturing insights, emotions, and observations of real New Yorkers during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic.
The anthology is a result of Ellipsis Rare Books 2020 essay contest. The top 10 entries selected are presented in a thematic order aimed to reflect a unique and ephemeral time in New York City’s history and include original writing from Hannah Berger, Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons, Gulshan Ashaque, Brahna Yassky, Robert Salzman, Tim Eberle, Seema Bajaria, Megan McNeary, Zoe Valery, and Alexander Cavaluzzo.
Limited to 150 copies, each first edition of The Corona Chronicle anthology is hand numbered by project editor and Ellipsis Rare Books proprietor, Andrew Lenoir, who also offers a short contextual forward. The book was also designed by and features original artwork from Charlotte Anderson.
Entertainers and educators have developed true tales inspired by the theme “College Try” on the page. Watch as they swap stories to embody each other’s culture, identity, and life experience on stage. This illustration of the power of personal narrative is a marvelous way to get high school students thinking about the story they want to tell with their college application essays.
Plus, students can sign up for a pre-show workshop with producers and college essay writing instructors Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons and Tim Lindner to jumpstart a college essay that will wow admissions officers. Space is limited! Contact email@example.com for more info and to register.
Follow @noyoutellit on Instagram for updates and to learn more about our storytellers and creative team.
What an amazing year! We celebrated the 10-year anniversary of No, YOU Tell It! with three stellar shows you can still WATCH online.
WATCH No, YOU Tell It! “Anniversary Apart” – Kicking off our anniversary season in January, watch storytellers Chris Crowthers, Gaby Martineau, and Jenna Struble swap tales from our virtual show, “Anniversary Apart”
WATCH No, YOU Tell It! “What I Know” – In celebration of March being women’s history month, storytellers developed true tales inspired by the theme “What I Know” on the page. Watch them step into each other’s life experiences on stage. Featuring: Michele Carlo, Julia Granacki, Hannah Leland, and Sheria Mattis
WATCH No, YOU Tell It! “Punch Up” – For our September Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Event, storytellers who write for the page and the stage developed true stories inspired by the theme “Punch Up.” Featuring: Jenn Wehrung, Aida Zilelian, Matt Storrs, and Maria Rubio. Plus, guest host Ellie Dvorkin Dunn
Join us tonight, 11/10 from 7-8 pm, at The Astoria Bookshop for a special IN-STORE, masked event celebrating the No, YOU Tell It! anthology with ME, and Queens contributors Ellie Dvorkin Dunn, and Jeff Wills. Plus, the chance to trade your own tiny true tale.
Tickets are limited as the bookshop keeps their in-person events super small. Click here for more information and to grab your $5 ticket (redeemable for $5 off any book in the store) to SAVE YOUR SPOT!