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“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.”

– Kevin Allison, RISK!

Story partners Kevin Allison and Najah Imani Muhammad. Photo credit: Russ Rowland

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!!

Want to help No, YOU Tell It! provide more opportunities for future storytellers and students? Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.

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I can’t think of a better way to kick off our 11th year! Thank you again from all of us at No, YOU Tell It!

The College Try and Then Some!

Left to right: Dion Flynn, Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons, Brett Felder, Ellie Dvorkin Dunn, Najah Imani Muhammad, and Kevin Allison. Photo credit: Russ Rowland.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Thanks to everyone who came out or watched the show on the live stream.
We had a great time, and we hope you did too!
Thank you to our storytellers for sharing their words and those amazing performances.
Thank you to our host, directors, and creative team!
Thank you, Symphony Space, for the amazing space and for being an amazing host.
AND we raised $500 for Bottom Line, thanks to your generosity!
Didn’t win a copy of our anthology? Grab a copy here. Until next time, friends!

Meet “College Try” Storyteller Kevin Allison

Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

Two days until show day! We’re so excited for you to meet our final storyteller Kevin Allison!!

Buy your tickets here. Don’t live in NYC? Livestream tickets are available, so you can watch from anywhere.

As a writer and actor for projects on HBO, Netflix, and MTV, and the creator of the hit storytelling podcast and live show RISK!, now in its 14th year, Kevin Allison is an expert on the power of narrative in communication. Kevin is the editor of the book RISK! True Stories People Never Thought They’d Dare to Share, available from Hachette Books, and the founder of the storytelling school The Story Studio, where he has trained the staff of businesses such as Google, Pfizer, and Citibank.

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Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St.)

Meet “College Try” Storyteller Brett Felder

Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

Rehearsals start tonight! The story partners have traded tales and will be working with a director to help embody each other’s stories.

First, let’s meet our next storyteller Brett Felder. Don’t forget to grab your tickets for Thursday’s show. In-person and livestream tickets are still available here but going fast!

Brett Felder was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio but has been happily adopted by New York and New Jersey, where she’s spent much of her career in the educational non-profit sector. For the past 15 years, she has managed College Board programs in support of AP expansion for underserved students and, currently, the customer service and test center management operations for the CLEP and ACCUPLACER programs. She served as an Ambassador for the AP African American Studies pilot, collecting feedback about and garnering support for the new course. She is a breast cancer thriver and avid traveler who was recently interviewed on Vented Uplift The Super Power Series by Vented in Brooklyn’s founder, Chrisie Canny, after they connected at the Pink Kickoff for Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Good Morning America. A hibernating multi-hyphenate, Brett is reawaking her creative side and has decided to jump in with both feet to take on the writing and performing challenge that is No, YOU Tell It! Prayers requested. 

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Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St.)

Meet “College Try” Storyteller Dion Flynn

Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

Our next storyteller described No, YOU Tell It! as walking a “literary high wire.”

We couldn’t be happier to have Dion Flynn switch up his story at Symphony Space! In-person and livestream tickets available here.

Cited by Oprah Magazine as “one of our favorite creative thinkers,” Dion Flynn is a writer, keynote speaker, improvisor, comedian, actor, and U.S. Army veteran. He’s best known for playing Barack Obama and other characters, with over 100 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. If Dave Chapelle and Eckhart Tolle had a son, it would be strange looking — and so is Dion. He’s a master at using fun and innovative ways to help people connect with themselves and others, leading hundreds of business professionals, writers, storytellers, college students, sales people, recovering- and non-recovering folks through his dynamic Improvisor’s Mindset Workshops. www.ImprovisorsMindset.com www.DionFlynn.com

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Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St.)

Meet “College Try” Storyteller Najah Imani Muhammad

Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

We were honored to receive a “Pay Your People” grant from IndieSpace, home of the Indie Theater Fund. However, we’re overjoyed that The Big Give 2022 connected us with our next storyteller: Najah Imani Muhammad!

Learn more about Najah below, and click here to grab your tickets today to see her switch up her story at Symphony Space.

Najah Imani Muhammad is a Hudson Valley based multi-hyphenate artist and educator. She is the co-host of the podcast UnderRepresented Representatives, a space which amplifies the voices of the unheard and gives them a throne. Regardless of the project, Najah’s goal is to use the arts as a communicative tool to bring people together, and start a conversation. After leaving her full-time teaching job, Najah finds ways to stay connected with education through being a teaching artist with Disney Theatrical Group, Beacon Performing Arts Center, and Director of Education for her mother’s non-profit organization, Leaders by Choice. In the past she has worked with programs such as Girl Be Heard, The Leadership Program, and Kaiser’s Room. Follow along her journey @najahknows @underreppedreps @leadersbychoice www.NajahKnows.com

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Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St.)

Meet “College Try” Host Ellie Dvorkin Dunn

Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

Our second story meeting is tonight! Excited to bring the storytellers back together to hear their revisions. But first, let’s meet Ellie Dvorkin Dunn! A longtime alum, this is Ellie’s second No, YOU Tell It! show as a story director and host.

Click here to view her mad hosting skills for our “Punch Up” show, which was a 2022 Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event. Learn more about Ellie and her perimenopausal podcast below.

Ellie Dvorkin Dunn is an entertainer/writer/host who has been hailed as “outrageous” by The New York Times and “ready for prime time” by The New York Post. Her storytelling has been featured in shows such as Risk!, Generation Women, and No, YOU Tell It!, and like most NYC-based actors, she has been on Law & Order twice. Her most recent project is co-producing and co-hosting Circling the Drain, a Perimenopausal Podcast About the Period Before You Stop Getting Your Period. Please listen and subscribe!

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Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St.)

Pre-Show College Essay Workshop Available!

Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

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 with producers Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons and Tim Lindner to jumpstart ideas for a college essay that opens a window into their unique character for admissions officers.

Contact noyoutellit@gmail.com for more info and to register. Ask about our discount code for student tickets!

 

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Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St.)

Meet “College Try” Host Nicole Shawan Junior

Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

The profound and prolific Nicole Shawan Junior joined the No, YOU Tell It! community as a storyteller for our 2020 “Coming & Going” team-up show with Lambda Literary!

That was our first Zoom show due to the pandemic, so we are extra excited to have Nicole BACK & IN PERSON as a story director and co-host at Symphony Space.

Grab your tickets here and learn more about Nicole below.

Nicole Shawan Junior (they/them) was bred in the bass-heavy beat and scratch of Brooklyn, where the cool of inner-city life barely survived crack cocaine’s burn. Their work appears in Oprah DailyGuernicaZoraGay MagThe Feminist Wire, and elsewhere. Nicole has received residencies and fellowships from Hedgebrook, Tin House, Periplus, NYFA, Lambda Literary, the San Francisco Public Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, and more. Their literary art has received support from Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, Hurston/Wright Writers Week, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, V.O.N.A., and others. Nicole is the founder of Roots. Wounds. Words.—a literary arts revolution that serves BIPOC storytellers, deputy director of PEN America’s Prison and Justice Writing, and former editor-in-chief of Black Femme Collective. They have guest edited for The Rumpus, and served on the editorial teams at Women’s Studies Quarterly of The Feminist Press, SLICE Magazine, and more. Nicole curated Raising Mothers’ limited Justice Involved Mothers column, which was penned by formerly incarcerated Black women.

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Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St.)

Send Bottom Line Students to Symphony Space!

Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

Support Bottom Line and their incredible work with thousands of degree-aspiring students as part of our upcoming Symphony Space show! Here are two great ways:

  • Grab your IN-PERSON or VIRTUAL ticket here. Play story trivia at the show for donations made to Bottom Line on behalf of winners. Not in NYC? Livestream tickets work!
  • Send Bottom Line students to the show and pre-show workshop to jumpstart ideas for their college essays. Click here to donate. $30 donation = 2 student tickets.

Pen drawing on paper with Bottom Line's mission statement of Get In. Graduate. Go Far.

 

“Bottom Line partners with underserved students to get into and through the right college and successfully launch a career. We serve students across NYC in their senior year of high school with intensive college advising and follow these students on their path to college graduation with college persistence and career support.” – Victoria Coker, NY Executive Director

 

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Mar 16 2023 @ 7:00PM

Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St.)

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