Shanta has been performing professionally as a musician since 1972, and as a storyteller since 1978. She has been featured on the National Black Storytelling Festival numerous times, and has appeared on the National Storytelling Festival, the Yukon International Storytelling Festival, and the Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Las Vegas Storytelling Festivals. Shanta currently teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Shanta's Website
Shanta at the Old Town School Of Folk Music


Open mics are lively, casualand always fun. All tellers and listeners are welcome.


There will be:
Stories (up to 10 minutes)
Story feedback upon request
Information about future storytelling events


Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Open Mic 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Shanta - 8:15 p.m.


Admission is free
Donations are appreciated


Dominican University
Lewis Hall, Lewis Lounge
7900 W. Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305


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Doors Open at 6:30pm
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Illinois Storytelling, Inc. is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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Illinois Storytelling, Inc. is a state-wide network of professional and emerging storytellers, as well as a large and diverse listening audience, dedicated to our mission of connecting generations, nurturing communities, and celebrating our diversity through Story.


We celebrate Story in all its forms – old tales, new tales and the diversity of storytelling styles – and provide website services, event production, professional growth opportunities, and a network of support to preserve the art and tradition of storytelling.