Episode 18 – Lauren Sivak

Growing up, Lauren Sivak always knew she would move to Chicago, she just didn’t know why.  In 2009, she came for an education internship at American Theatre Company.  Now she’s the Managing Director at 2nd Story, a storytelling collective located in Albany Park.  Lauren and I sat down in 2nd Story’s new home to talk…

Spiel Chicago Episode 8 – Melissa McNamara

This week Smyra talks with the incredibly multi-talented Melissa McNamara.  Melissa is an improviser, movement director, pilates instructor and solo performance artist.  We discuss how she found herself on such a diverse path and how she started Mind Art Core Pilates Performance, which has twice won The Chicago Reader’s “Best Of Chicago” award for best…

Spiel Chicago Episode 3: Eileen Tull

My guest this week is Eileen Tull, comedian, writer, solo performer, and producer of amazing feminist work in Chicago.  I spoke with Eileen after I saw her latest one-woman show Bad Dates, Or What Killed That Monkey In Indiana Jones Will Only Make You Stronger.  She talked about some of her favorite spaces for women…