Our inaugural show is on the theme of "Mother". Whether we love them, argue with them, or become them, our mothers shape much of who we become in this world.


Ellen Urbani is the author of Landfall, a Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads selection and winner of the 2016 Maria Thomas fiction award. She also wrote the memoir When I Was Elena, a Book Sense Notable selection documenting her life in Guatemala during the final years of that country’s civil war. She frequently travels around the country speaking on issues of race, tolerance, and community service. 

You can find out more about Ellen at her website: 


Leann Ruth Johnson is a storyteller and improviser.  She has been seen on the stage at Deep End Theater, ComedySportz/CSZ Arena, Girls With Heads and the first annual NW Black Comedy Festival with The Blackonteurs.  Leann recently debuted at 7 Deadly Sins. She produces The Invite Portland, an improv and comedy variety show.  Leann is also the Director of Equity and Inclusion for the Oregon Health Authority.


Carol is a writer who believes passionately about in coming of age, no matter how long it takes. She graduated nursing school at 65, and is now pursuing an MFA in creative non-fiction at EOU. She’s currently co-developing a project called Jouissance sans cesse, dealing with issues of aging and sexuality, because the need for intimacy never goes away.


A recent graduate from NYU's Paris MFA program, Summer is a seasoned performer of stand-up and improv, and previously performed in Beastwomen in Chicago. In addition, she has written and produced two one-act shows, and has recently finished a noir-mystery trilogy.


By day, Vinson is a data scientist who works for an online bank in Portland. By night, she’s secretly a storyteller, who has previously graced The Moth stage. Her story style is captivating. Her tales are mesmerizing. Her spirit is infectious.