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Who are we?

On May 8, 2012, four storytellers gathered for the very first No, YOU Tell It! While the idea of trading tales and performing each other's story began as a one-time experiment, the audience was so enthusiastic that we turned NYTI into a series of shows and a podcast. Since then, Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons, Mike Dressel, and Erika Iverson have volunteered their time to continue NYTI’s dedication to "switch-up" the storytelling.

Now, we are taking steps to become a full-fledged arts organization, which includes raising $5000 in 2019 to help us achieve some ambitious goals.

Having received our first grant from the Queens Council on the Arts, we are preparing two Queens-based events this year to celebrate the personal stories of established, emerging, and student writers.  Also, in June, we are partnering with the Lambda Literary for a night of queer storytelling for Pride 2019 and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the event that marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement in America. 

What do we do?

For each show, we lead four storytellers through two writing workshop sessions to tell their true-life tale on the page. Then about a week before the show, we pair up our storytellers and ask them to trade scripts. When one of our storytellers speaks their partner’s piece aloud, it does two important things: One, it gives that storyteller a chance to literally step into another person’s shoes. Two, the writer hears their own story in a totally different voice. Everyone gains new insight into their writing and storytelling as they share these true-life tales with our live audience and podcast listeners. Watch the video below for a glimpse into our process.

How can you help?

Your check or credit card donation to The Field, our fiscal sponsor, will be transferred to No, YOU Tell It! so we can compensate our participating storytellers, improve our audio equipment, and continue to investigate inventive ways to share our stories. We’re grateful for your support. Any size donation you are able to make is welcome and needed. Plus, your donation is tax-deductible (see bottom of page for more info). 

Thanks again for helping us reach out to new storytellers and say, “No, YOU Tell It!”