Creators

  • Keith Ecker

    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.

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  • Erin Kahoa

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Lizzie Seidenstricker

    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.

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  • 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. Brady also spent time as the 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 real paper books, none of that digital book nonsense.

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  • 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.

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  • Bilal Dardai – Staff Writer

    Bilal Dardai is a writer and performer who has worked for nearly two decades in Chicago’s vibrant live theatre scene. He spent 12 years as an ensemble member with the acclaimed artistic collective The Neo-Futurists, three of those years as the company’s Artistic Director, and also worked extensively with respected storefront company New Leaf Theatre. Bilal is a regular at the city’s many live-literature events, providing essays and social commentary for Write Club and The Paper Machete. In addition to writing for Pleasure Town, he has recently started on a new project with audio drama purveyors HartLife. His plays include: Contraption, Vox Pandora, Redeemers, The Sovereign Statement (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination, Best New Work), and The Man Who Was Thursday (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination, Best New Work – Adaptation). He lives in Evanston with his wife and son.

  • Ray Goldberg – Staff Writer

    Ray Goldberg is a Chicago-born-and-raised freelance producer and writer. She graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with a bachelor’s degree in Screen Arts and Cultures, sub-concentrating in Screenwriting. She teaches documentary filmmaking at local elementary schools through Facets Multimedia. Ray has worked with the filmmaking nonprofit Full Spectrum Features, where she served as Production Coordinator on their films The Orange Story and Signature Move, as well as several local theatre companies such as Nothing Without a Company and Chicago Dramatists.

  • Andy Monson – Staff Writer

    Andy Monson has worked as an actor, writer, director, and administrator for such companies as The Neofuturists, Steppenwolf, Mercy Street Theatre, The Artistic Home, Next Theatre, Pride Films & Plays, MCL, Second City, Raven Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and Spartan Theatre Company (which he co-founded.)  He has appeared in the independent films Speed Dating and Urban Warfare as well as the upcoming web series Callie’s Solo.  His podcast The World According To Monson is free on iTunes.  He is a proud graduate of Roosevelt University and is represented by the good people of Grossman & Jack Talent.  He has also held multiple titles in the WFW, where he is the only ever triple-champion.  When he is not working in Chicago’s theatre scene or pinning opponents in the ring, he can be found teaching boxing, perfecting his legendary chili recipe, or spending quality time with his two loving cats.
  • Colin Wright

    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.

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  • 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).

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  • River Rising

    River Rising

    Original music for PleasureTown is composed and performed by River Rising’s Megan Deiger and Tim Hazen.

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