Keith Ecker – Executive Producer
Keith Ecker is the creator of Guts & Glory and Essay Fiesta, two of Chicago’s most popular live literary series. A former comedian and journalist, Keith has been performing his personal essays across Chicago since 2009. He is also a faculty member at StoryStudio Chicago, where he teaches creative and business writing. In addition, Keith serves as marketing manager of Story Club Magazine, the premier publication for literary performance. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.
Erin Kahoa – Executive Producer
Erin Kahoa has a passion for the theatrical. At the age of 25 he served as the Director of Theatre for a private University. He’s trained under Jim Slowiak (student and protégé of Jerzy Grotowski.) Since moving to Chicago, Erin has utilized this passion in the art of live literature, garnering three Moth slam wins, two Write Club victories, and appearing as a feature performer in every major live lit show in Chicago.
Emilie Modaff – Senior Producer
Emilie Modaff is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. She received her degree in Theatre and spends most of her time attempting to pay rent by playing professional make believe. Emilie has worked on the stages of Lookingglass Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, Circle Theatre, Chemically Imbalanced, and Gorilla Tango, among others. She also serves as Marketing Director for No Stakes Theater Project, a fiscally-sponsored organization that supports the development of emerging theater directors.
Joe Courtney – Associate Producer
Joe Courtney received his degree in English from Eastern Illinois University. Following graduation, he worked as a freelance writer and music journalist. He then took his passion for reading and writing to the classroom, working as a special education teacher on the city’s southwest side for three years. Joe makes up one fifth of Chicago powerpop band, Little Boy Jr. and spends much of his time writing children’s fiction.
Lizzie Seidenstricker – Associate Producer
Lizzie Seidenstricker earned her degree in Journalism and Strategic Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she works in videography and video editing as an Assistant Director of Admissions Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Despite loving everything and anything about Wisconsin, this Milwaukee native is having an amazing time in Chicago working with the PleasureTown team.
Brady Guy – Associate Producer
Brady Guy graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where he spent his time studying for classes in a hammock on the beach. In addition to his responsibilities as Associate Producer, Brady is also a Podcast Production Intern with WBEZ . He is the winner of the 2016 Second City Training Center Original Sitcom Competition and has graduated from the SCTC’s Sketch Writing Program. Brady dreams of one day having his own study filled with volumes of books, none of that kindle nonsense.
Gwynn Fulcher – Staff Writer
Gwynn V. Fulcher is a writer/performer who has been sharing pop culture rants and personal stories at the best live lit events around the city since 2011, and she’s been involved with the Chicago theatre scene since 2004. Gwynn is an Artistic Associate with the Neo-Futurists, an editor with the short fiction podcast Reading Out Loud, she’s been published by Chicago Literati, and she’s a three-time WRITE CLUB champion. Gwynn holds a B.A. in theatre and a minor in classical voice from the University of Maryland.
Colin Wright – Associate Producer
Colin Wright grew up in Wellsville, Kansas, and has had a passion for entertaining others since young age. Upon graduating with a Journalism degree from the University of Kansas in 2013, he spent a year writing newsletters in Nebraska before moving to the big city of Chicago last summer. His amateur expertise ranges from gigs in radio, television, newspaper and magazine. Colin loves live music, baking cookies and is a diehard Kansas Jayhawks basketball fan.
Sean Parris – Staff Writer
Sean Parris is an actor and writer, born in L.A., raised in Miami and Georgia, and moved to Chicago a few years ago to study acting. Some of his Chicago credits include: The Solid Sand Below (Goodman Theatre New Stages); The Drunken City (Steppenwolf Garage); The Whipping Man (Northlight Theatre); Seascape (Remy Bumppo); Pornography (Steep Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre).
Original music for PleasureTown is composed and performed by River Rising’s Megan Deiger and Tim Hazen.