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INTO THE WILD: Parking for The Forest Theatre on UNC campus

If you have ever tried to park on UNC’s campus, you know how difficult it can be. I once made a wrong turn trying to park near the Genome Sciences Building and ended up driving down a pedestrian walkway. For a brief moment, I had no idea why people were diving for cover. True story!

This message will help you to make sense of the parking situation on or around The Forest Theater. There are a few parking lots (and garages) on campus, and they are all accessible to you today. The closest lot to The Forest Theater is described below.

The Forest Theater (123 South Boundary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514) is located on the eastern part of campus and is sandwiched between Boundary Road (north-side of the theatre) and Country Club Drive (south side of theatre). The entrance to The Forest Theatre is on Country Club Road and directly across the street from Playmakers Repertory Theatre. There is a handful of street parking spots on Country Club Road. See yellow dots photo below.

Additional parking will be up the street from The Forest Theater on Boundary Road and Park Place. See photo below. The lot is located at the top of the photograph. You may park in this lot and walk to The Forest Theater. Once you arrive, you will be behind the stage and will need to check-in at any of our locations at the bottom or the top of the theatre.

Additionally, the Cobb Parking Deck is also an option. It is NOT circled in the diagram below, but it is labeled, right behind Playmakers on Paul Green Dr.

NOTE: Any guests with mobility issues can be dropped off at the entrance to The Forest Theatre on Country Club Road and taken through to their seats by our ushers.

If you have any questions, email


Now accepting pitches for Into the Wild at The Forest Theatre on May 23

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Bouldering in a climbing gym for two years was fun, exciting,and best of all, safe. I was never much of a thrill seeker, but when I saw an ad in the local outdoors shop for a climbing adventure at Bald Face Rock, I embraced the unknown and signed up for the trip. I had no idea that by the end of the weekend, three in our group would be airlifted from the rock-face in critical condition.


After my brother’s divorce, we decide to take a one night, two day camping trip to the top of Widow’s Peak. My younger brother is an overweight, out of shape, out of work mess having a mid-life crisis in his early thirties. As we hike in, he struggles to keep up and I find myself getting increasingly impatient with his lagging. We walk-stop for five hours and barely make any progress. I can’t relate to this person anymore. I’m not sure I can take two days of this; I’m not sure I can take two days of my brother. Then, he says something to me that changes everything.


I was a forty three years when I went to my 25th high school reunion. I had grown up a lot since those days. I had a wife, three kids, a mortgage, and a great job. But something happened that night, when I ran into my boyhood friends, Rick and Bobby. After the festivities, the three of us went out on the town, visiting our own haunts—and saying hello to our old demons. That night, we went wild—and then we went to jail. 


We are now accepting pitches for our Into the Wild show produced with Townsend Bertram & Company on May 23rd at The Forest Theatre. We are looking for stories about the outdoors or stories about you inner wild. If you have a story that fits this theme, send us your pitch. Pitches should be no more than 100 words and should describe what your story is about in the best way possible. Your pitch does not have to indicate a fully developed narrative. We can help you with that. Do the best you can with your 100-words, and you may find yourself telling a story at Into the Wild on May 23rd.

Email your pitch to us at as soon as you can. We will start considering pitches as we receive them so the sooner you write us, the better.

GREENSBORO: Accepting Pitches for The Dating Game on Dec 4th

It’s a dating-tipsFriday night, and your friends keep texting you to meet them at the bar down the street. “A lot of prospects,” one text reads. “It’s like a Your Type of Woman convention up in herr, bro. LOL!” You take the bait and get out of your pajama pants to go meet your friends. And you would some day be glad you did because that night you would meet the mother of your children. The only problem…she was there with her boyfriend.


After a few weeks of flirting on, you decide to finally meet Jessica for coffee. You are a bit cautious given the tumultuous divorce you just endured. After that roller coaster, a little bit of normalcy is what you are looking for. Coffee goes great. The conversation is smooth and natural; Jessica’s dimples are like bottomless crevices in which you could get lost. After coffee, Jessica invites you to her place. You oblige but have some reservations. You don’t want to jump into anything serious right now. Jessica lives alone in a one-bedroom apartment. The decor is sparse, but you like the fact that she makes the most with what she has. After a drink and some conversation, Jessica excuses herself. A minute later, she comes back with a charcoal gray duffel bag. She unzips the bag and pulls it open, revealing whips, chains, a paddle, various leathery items, and handcuffs. You look up at Jessica. She is smiling with her dimples going full tilt. “I kind of have a thing for Christian Grey.”


The Dating Game can be defined in multiple ways, and we are looking for your story to possibly tell our next Greensboro show at The Crown on Thursday, December 4th. If you have a story that fits this theme, send us your pitch. Pitches should be no more than 100 words and should describe what your story is about in the best way possible. Your pitch does not have to indicate a fully developed narrative. We can help you with that. Do the best you can with your 100-words, and you may find yourself telling a story at The Monti in Greensboro on Thursday, December 4th.

Email your pitch to us at ASAP. There is not hard deadline, but we will start considering pitches as we receive them so the sooner you write us, the better.

Performance Storytelling Workshop with Jeff Polish

Jeff Polish cropped headshotHave you been sitting in The Monti’s audience for years thinking that you have a great story? Are you searching for a way to craft that story so that it is performance-ready? Well, now is your chance to build your skills and confidence with an intensive storytelling workshop!

Presenting a three-session ‘Performance Storytelling‘ workshop with The Monti Executive Director Jeff Polish. The dates for the sessions are Monday, August 4; Monday, August 11; and Wednesday, August 13. Each session will run from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The workshop will be held at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce

The workshop will focus on two components: constructing effective narratives and bringing them to life orally. We will achieve these objectives by:

  1. Learning the essential components to great narrative with specific instruction.
  2. Honing in on the message.
  3. Discussing notable performances by watching videos and developing a vocabulary to evaluate aspects that are working and aspects that are not.
  4. Listening to other students as they develop their own stories and giving your own feedback as well.
  5. Distinguishing between Giving and Taking as a performer.
  6. Learning how to be a natural performer by understanding the difference between memorizing and familiarizing.
  7. Achieving authenticity on stage
  8. Recordings of your stories will be provided to you for your own self-critique and learning. 



The three-session workshop costs $180. Enrollment is extremely limited so do not hesitate to sign up. To secure your spot, email The Monti at

The Monti Podcast, Episode #77: Jay Heinz

On February 7, 2013, The Monti experienced a first. Frequent StorySLAMmer, Jay Heinz stepped up to the microphone at our 5th Annual Hippo Awards show and told a wonderful and heartfelt story about his lifelong pursuit of The One.

Click on the player below to listen to the podcast episode featuring Jay’s story:




While high quality, the audio alone cannot capture this entire story—specifically, the ending. Below, we are providing photographs of what happened next. Click on the top photo and scroll through. Enjoy!


Voices of Medicine PREVIEW

On March 12, 2013, Duke University’s Department of Medicine sponsored the very first Voices of Medicine live show. Jeff Polish of The Monti worked with Duke physicians and medical students to put together a night of personal stories told live without notes. The result was an evening of deeply moving and emotional stories all of which intersected the line between life and death and highlighted the fact that physicians care deeply about the people in their charge.

For a two and a half minute montage of the stories from that night:



Two of the stories from the live Voices of Medicine show are highlighted here:

Rick Bedlack perfRichard Bedlack, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine (Neurology), is director of Duke University’s ALS clinic, one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world. For four years in a row, he has won the distinction of one of America’s Best Doctors, an award given to the top 5% physicians in the country. In 2009 he was selected National Patient Advocate of the Year by the American Academy of Neurology.




Laura Lew perf IILaura Lewandowski, MD, second-year fellow in pediatric rheumatology and global health, shared a story about a young patient in Liberia. She is enrolled in the Master of Science in Global Health program, and as a global health fellow, she will explore the burden of pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus in South Africa. She has made multiple trips to Ecuador, Haiti and Liberia throughout her medical training.



The live event was met with such enthusiasm that it gave rise to a much more comprehensive initiative that now serves to capture the stories of anyone dealing with health and medicine. We are not interested in stories to be told on the stage; rather, we want stories that can be told in a safe, non-intimidating space by anyone dealing with illness, past or present. This includes physicians, nurses, patients, family members, hospital staff, etc.

Thank you for listening to our Voices of Medicine preview. We are currently in the next phase of our project where we are gathering stories through interviews and conversations. There is much more to come.

—Jeff Polish, Director of Voices of Medicine

Pilot Project: We want your stories about Health & Medicine

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Voices of Medicine is a bold new initiative that will capture and record thousands of stories from the front-lines of medicine. Every perspective and every role will be examined: physicians, patients, family members, nurses, social workers, chaplain services, administrators, hospital staff, hospice, etc. This in NOT a live storytelling initiative; we will not be asking participants to get up on a stage in front of an audience. Rather, it is a series of taped interviews and stories about the transformational moments that surround hospital experiences. The hospital is a crossroads for so many people at different times in their lives. As such, it is one of the most reflective places in our society. This is why we are interested in the stories surrounding hospitals.

If you have a transformational experience surrounding health and medicine, we would love to hear from you. For the purposes of this pilot project, you need to live near Durham, NC. After an initial screening, we will travel to you to tape an interview. Confidentiality will be preserved when necessary, and the recordings will be used only in the service of the Voices of Medicine project. More details will be given as needed.

To contact us, please email In the email, let us know who you are, where you are located, and please provide a fifty-word summary of your experience. We will contact you promptly.

Thank you for your attention. This is an exciting new time for us to explore a whole range of stories.


The Monti at ScienceOnline2012

On January 20, 2012, The Monti joined forces with ScienceOnline2012 to showcase a night of storytelling. ScienceOnline is an annual meeting exploring science and the Web. It’s a community-driven event that facilitates conversations and strengthens the connections among scientists, journalists, librarians, educators, students and anyone who likes science. The theme for the evening of stories was ‘Connections‘, and each of the storytellers chose a unique and interesting interpretation on that word. In all, seven people took the stage, and by the end of the night, we all walked away feeling inspired, informed, engaged, and connected.

The clips below represent the stories told at our ScienceOnline show. We present them to you in the order in which they were told. Enjoy!

1. Chris Gunter, Owner of Girlscientist Consulting (@girlscientist) [audio:|titles=Chris Gunter]

2. David Ng, Molecular Geneticist (@Ng_Dave) [audio:|titles=David Ng]

3. Janet Stemwedel, Ethicist and Philosopher of Science (@docfreeride) [audio:|titles=Janet Stemwedel]

4. Scott Huler, Writer and 2011 Piedmont Laureate (@huler) [audio:|titles=Scott Huler]

5. Marie-Claire Shanahan, Assoc. Prof. of Science Education (@mcshanahan) [audio:|titles=MC Shanahan]

6. Bug Girl, Entomologist and Student Advisor (@Bug_Girl) [audio:|titles=Bug Girl]

7. Ben Lillie, Director of The Story Collider (@Ben_Lillie) [audio:|titles=Ben Lillie]