Vintage: Stories from the Third Age


Monday, May 25 at 7pm CDT

VINTAGE: STORIES FROM THE THIRD AGE—a live storytelling event partnership between our GeNarrations personal narrative program and Story Lab.

Goodman Walter Director of Education and Engagement Willa J. Taylor and Story Lab Producer Scott Whitehair host.

GeNarrations is a storytelling performance workshop for adults 55+.

Participants develop personal narrative performance pieces based on themes raised by Goodman productions, which they are then invited to perform in a public forum. The Goodman offers at least three seven-week sessions each season, with up to 20 participants in each session. This program is presented in collaboration with the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services as well as session-specific community based organizations.

As part of the Goodman's efforts to help mitigate community spread of COVID-19, GeNarrations classes are currently taking place online.

To learn more about this program, email us at


Meet the Storytellers

MARTHA ALICIA MONTES MADRID is from Chihuahua, Mexico, and is a self-taught artist in several media.  She started writing to find the stories behind her art therapy work.

SANDRA McCOLLUM has enjoyed being a member of Generations at the Goodman for many years. This experience, she feels, has broadened her writing and storytelling ability. She has read personal narratives with Second Story and performed with Scott Whitehair's This Much Is True. 

PATRICK CURTIN incorporates storytelling as a celebrant for weddings, memorials and other moments in life that should be celebrated. Patrick shared stories at the Irish American Heritage Center, Steppenwolf, Second City, This Much is True, Outspoken, Chimera Loft, You’re Being Ridiculous, The Moth, Inspired Live Lit, Fillet of Solo, Story Sessions and Goodman Theater.

B JAE PARKER is a writer with a background in broadcast communications, public relations, public speaking, image, personal and professional development consulting.  She is currently employed as a Senior Business Consultant with the Department of Business Affairs, City of Chicago.

DHAMANA SHAURI enjoys telling stories that educate, entertain and inform. Her career as a CPS teacher and school social worker continues to provide great inspiration for her stories. She is looking forward to creating stories about her newest inspiration, her first grandchild, Maya. 

ERROL MCLENDON is an actor, director, writer and storyteller. Errol has told stories at Do Not Submit,10X9 and Backroom Stories. Errol has worked with Forks & Hope Ensemble, Red Tape Theatre, Profiles Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theatre and Timeline Theatre.

SCOTT WHITEHAIR is a producer, performer, and teacher in Chicago. He recently moved, both to a new apartment and into the online realm. THIS MUCH IS TRUE, the longest running monthly storytelling series in the city, can now be seen live streaming on its Facebook page every second Tuesday of the month. STORY LAB CHICAGO continues to present an evening of personal narrative every third Wednesday on its Facebook page, now with tellers from all over the country. DO NOT SUBMIT, a pressure-free storytelling open mic, now exists courtesy of Zoom once a week. Scott's personal narrative class, which has sold out every month for the last eight years, resides in the online world as well. He continues to offer workshops for non-profits, organizations, and companies, even if it is now in a button down and gym shorts. 

WILLA J. TAYLOR created GeNarrations when she was inspired by Brian Dennehy’s performance in Beckett’s Krapp's Last Tape.  She believes that stories are the way we heal ourselves and the world.

How You Can Help

As we weather this “intermission” together, our artists, artisans, staff and crew need your help. If you are able, please consider making a gift to the Intermission Campaign, which directly supports the livelihood of our Goodman family. Thanks to the generous support of our Board, all additional, increased and new gifts will be matched. Thank youwe can't wait to be with you for the next act.


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