Celebrate the official launch of BRIC’s new queer storytelling podcast TELL. Join host Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center for refreshments and an evening of storytelling with guests Elsa Waithe, Ryan Haddad, Brian Vines, and Becca Blackwell!
TELL is a podcast that serves queer stories on queer terms. For the past five years, host Drae Campbell has been hosting and curating a night of live storytelling at the Bureau, and now she’s sharing those stories with the world! On each episode, Drae will curate a set of stories told by the queer folks who lived them, on everything from traveling to death to stolen bikes to family secrets.
So if you need a dose of of queer community, or just wanna hear great stories told by the people who lived them, you’ve come to the right place. Strap on your head phones and pull up your socks, ‘cause TELL is queering the narrative and telling our stories, on our terms.
Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. Check her out online! www.draecampbell.com.
Elsa Waithe is a Comedian, Actor, and Motivational Speaker from Norfolk, Virginia. She’s won the Virginia Beach Funnybone’s Clash of the Comics three times, has been featured on This American Life, and is a recurring guest on TELL.
Ryan Haddad is an actor, playwright and autobiographical performer based in New York. His critically-acclaimed solo play Hi, Are You Single? was featured in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and continues to tour the country. Ryan’s also performed at Joe’s Pub, La Mama, Ars Nova/ANT Fest, Theater Breaking Through Barriers and on TV in the shows Bull, Madam Secretary, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He is a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and a former Queer|Art Performance and Playwriting Fellow under the mentorship of Moe Angelos.
Brian Vines is an Emmy Award winning journalist. After completing the Masters Program in Broadcast Journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication he fetched coffee for some of the most respected journalists and news figures in the world during his tenure at CNN. After a stint in political communications Brian fell in love with his own reflection and reported for here! networks, NYC-TV, and the Guardian US among others. Brian is currently the Chief Correspondent at BRIC TV where he moderates the #BHeard Town Hall series on social justice and hosts, Going In With Brian Vines.
Becca Blackwell is a NYC based performer. They act in a lot of stuff and make their own work.