#SafeSpace for RAICES
Marisa Adame (spoken word) is a storyteller/creative from Dallas, Texas. She has acted internationally and is a two-time KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominee. Her manuscript butterfly bombs, an examination of Latinidad as a first-generation-college student, was a finalist in Thoughtcrime Press’s 2017 Lorien Prize competition. Her work has appeared in Crab Fat Magazine, Red Savina Review, Hold the Line, Open Minds Quarterly, Metaphor Magazine, and St. Sucia zine. She seeks to create work that balances as much as it deconstructs. Her current projects are a chapbook exploring the tension between her colonizer/colonized bloodlines and a choreopoem weaving together themes of time, queerness, heritage, and mental health. You can find her on Instagram or YouTube @marisasaysthings, and on her official Facebook page. She is grateful for you and for all that you’ve come through.
Mariah Furlow (vocalist) grew up on the southside of Chicago along with her mother, twin sister and younger brother who helped her pursue her dreams. Her training consists of church choir, some classes with the program Gallery 37 and personal training.
Mariah is a Chicago based actor, singer, Artistic Associate, model and poet. In 2016, she made her professional acting and writing debut with Self Talent Exchange “The Pink Princess Musical” with the supporting role of Tina Scott. She also wrote the song “I'll Be There” featured in the show. Mariah began work with The Other Theatre Company in “Barney The Elf” as Nutmeg and Random Acts Chicago (newly announced Artistic Associate for Random Acts Chicago) “Strangest Things” as Lucas.
She has also performed in various productions such as “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and A Christmas Miracle”. ( “A Christmas Miracle” in which she wrote). Mariah is also no stranger to a camera. She is reclaiming her role as Latona in the Confusion Vampire Diaries produced and directed by PNerdy Film Productions. You can also catch Mariah as Brianna in the web series HOOK-UPS. In her free time, she enjoys karaoke, writing music/poetry, Chicago festivals, traveling when she can including spontaneous road trips.
Rosa Reinemann (musical guest) is a part time singer/songwriter, part time cross stitcher of naughty words, and all the time barista at The Coffee and Tea Exchange. While in her day-to-day life she is of average height and snarky, she’ll be keeping this bio short and sweet. Thanks for coming, thanks for donating!
Michael Brown (musician) is an educational consultant with a passion for music and helping others. He is thrilled to be a part of this event!
Rebecca Fass (stand-up) hits the stage armed with great jokes,” says the Chicago Tribune, which is a big step up from the days when she used to just hit boys she liked on the playground. Her dry wit and smart, honest storytelling with a punch have made her a crowd favorite and a proud voice for unapologetic women in comedy. She can be seen performing all over Chicago, at festivals throughout the Midwest, and at the popular Tuxedo Cat Comedy showcase, where she has been a producer since 2013.
Brittany Meyer (host, they/them) is a FORCE. With just three years on the scene in the Chicago comedy scene, they've become a powerful voice for the LGBTQAI+ community. Their work features biting wit and a true underlying sweetness that pulls you in and draws the laughter out. It's truly a case study in how to perfectly punch up. If you don't relate to them, you're dead inside.
They produce Strip Joker, a wildly successful body-positive showcase featuring diverse bodies, voices, and states of undress. When not producing Strip Joker or Chicago mainstay Tuxedo Cat Comedy, Brittany tells jokes all over the city. They've traveled the country performing comedy and featured in festivals including Cream City Comedy, Memphis Comedy Fest, and Lady Laughs. They also make mincemeat of opponents regularly as Stone Cold Jane Austen in the Chicago League of Lady Wrestlers. For more about Brittany, visit www.brittanymeyerdoesthat.com.
Nate Smith (spoken word) has been in Chicago a year. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he spent some years in mountain towns levitating and wrestling with bears. Having run out of bears, he now plans to fold Lake Michigan to his will and is considering running for Mrs. Illinois or Dictator Perpetuo of the world.