Untold Stories - Winter
"Untold Stories”, now entering its 3rd season, stands as a remarkable initiative brought to you by the nonprofit Florida Theatre. Our mission is to honor the timeless tradition of oral storytelling in a contemporary setting.
After two successful seasons, each quarterly story evening unfolds with its own thematic arc. The stage comes alive with personal and transformative tales from a diverse tapestry of voices, including natives and residents alike, all intimately connected to the culture of Northeast Florida. From artists and tech enthusiasts to entrepreneurs, educators, and medical professionals, each storyteller unveils memories intricately interwoven and shaped by our unique environment. Each evening features a curated musical journey by a guest artist, creating a dynamic and immersive experience for our audience.
The Artistic Director and host of “Untold Stories”, Barbara Colaciello of BABS’LAB, curates the evenings not merely as a collection of individual stories but rather as a cohesive whole, akin to a series of mini-plays taking the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, from laughter to tears, from introspection to inspiration. Join us as we continue to celebrate the power of narrative and the vibrant cultural mosaic that defines Northeast Florida - its people, its landscapes, and its history - one story at a time.
Thursday, May 30, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. – The evening’s theme is “Spring.”
Thursday, July 11, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. – The evening’s theme is “Summer.”
Barbara Colaciello Artistic Director/Host
For over two decades, Barbara has written, directed, produced, and performed socially engaged theater that contributes to vital conversations in the Jacksonville community. She began her career as the Advertising Director of Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine in New York City. For 9 years, Barbara served as the Director of Education for Players by the Sea Theatre. She collaborated extensively with screenwriter and nationally known NPR Radio Host Al Letson. A 2013 TEDx Jacksonville Speaker, Colaciello received a 2018 PNC Arts Alive Grant in partnership with the Florida Theatre to direct Letson’s anti-bullying play, Chalk, for Title 1 schools. In 2020, she was awarded an Art Ventures Individual Artist Grant from the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to write and perform a new solo play, Open Heart (ed), exploring women’s heart health and caregiving.
Barbara is the Founder and Artistic Director of BABS’LAB, a performance and training studio located in the CoRK Arts District. It’s an artistic hub where the community comes together to witness work that uplifts, breaks barriers, and crosses lines. The monthly STORY SLAMS offer an opportunity for people to share a true story, hone the craft of oral storytelling, and connect with the community.
Barbara has served as the Artistic Director of Untold Stories for the past three seasons.
Krishna Achath & John Parkerurband
Krishna Achath is an artist and musician who grew up in India and now resides in Riverside, Jacksonville. He is a member of the Art League of Jacksonville, where he practices his art and occasionally teaches. His works have been exhibited locally, and was selected by the Cultural Council's Public Art Program in Lavilla. As a percussionist, he has played and recorded professionally for a variety of bands and musicians. He thrives on active community engagement: serves as a board member for Streams of Sound; he also currently hosts an open mic every second Saturday at Bold Bean Cafe, Riverside, a community platform to exchange music and stories. For his day job, he owns and operates an engineering consulting company. Above all, he is an avid traveler - which he believes is the best way to refine one's music, art, and story-telling.
John Parkerurban, the musicologist, Father, husband, and Marine Veteran with the gift of sharing music inspired by the muses, joins musician Krishna Achath for this evening's performance.
Moving by way of improvisation and exploration of vibrations through original and cover content. Jazz, punk, soul, world music, experimental, and a side of hip-hop are what you get. He often teamed up with his wife, Juanita Parkerurban, on duo and larger projects
Karen Feagins works in community relations for a national bank with a large presence in North Florida. Before taking this role, Karen served as the chief operating officer of WJCT Public Media. She began her career as a television news reporter and joined WJCT as the host of 89.9 FM’s Morning Edition. Over 13 years with the company, she served in a variety of roles in radio, television, and executive management. She had oversight of the Peabody-award-winning program State of the Re:Union and produced the oral history project Voices of the First Coast. She hosted and produced the television programs First Coast Forum and Health Matters and radio documentaries including Beluthahatchee: The Legacy of Stetson Kennedy.
Karen is active in the community, serving as a board member for the Early Learning Coalition of Duval, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, and WJCT Public Media. She is a 2016 alumna of Leadership Jacksonville and was named one of the 2019 “Women of Influence” by the Jacksonville Business Journal. She holds a degree in broadcast journalism from The University of Missouri and has 2 daughters. They’re part of a blended family living in a loud and loving home of 4 teenagers in the San Jose Forest neighborhood of Jacksonville.
Jasmine Andreana Hurst
Jasmine Hurst began her formal dance training at Lavilla School of the Arts and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. She is a graduate of The Ailey School Certificate Program. She has had the opportunity to perform Alvin Ailey’s Memoria, restaged by Ronnie Favors, alongside the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Jasmine has also spent her summers teaching outreach programs for the Duval County Public School as well as teaching for non profit organizations in the Public Schools of Brooklyn, NY. She has now returned back to Jacksonville and looks forward to sharing her love for the arts and community.
Daniel Austin is a San Diego native, New York transplant, and Jax artist and advocate. As a First Coast actor and director, he’s been seen on local stages in shows like Company, A New Brain, All New People(The 5 & Dime) Something Rotten!, Clue, Peter and the Starcatcher, (Theatre Jacksonville), Angels in America, HAIR, (PBTS), Merrily We Roll Along (ABET) and more. He has also directed Small Mouth Sounds, How I Learned to Drive (The 5 & Dime), Circle Mirror Transformation (MOCA Jacksonville), and Venus in Fur (PBTS). Daniel teaches and directs eight shows a year at The Bolles School, where he writes and creates original educational performances for PreK-5th Grade (Go Bulldogs!). His slate of seven original shows focused on stories from the world’s seven continents won the Global Education Benchmark Group’s 2019 Global Education and Thought Prize (First Place, Primary Division). Daniel was also the host of WJCT’s lifestyle show Hometown, highlighting great stories and places from the FC area. He lives with his creative and life partner of sixteen years, Ron, in the Riverside neighborhood.
Joe Gaskin is a Children's Librarian with a Masters Degree in Library Sciences from Florida State University. Often better known as "Mr. Joe" from his popular storytimes at the Jacksonville Public Library and other spots around NE Florida. Joe currently spends his time working on books and music for young children and their adults to promote Literacy, Diversity, and kindness through reading, singing, & movement.
Liz McCoy spent the first few decades of her professional life in New York City, where she worked in the entertainment industry producing touring theatre and concerts. She is currently the Executive Director of Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park, joining the staff in 2019. She loves the welcoming atmosphere, the opportunity to highlight local musicians, art, and culture, and the intersection of artistic endeavors and downtown redevelopment. In her spare time, Liz enjoys cheering for her Alma Mater, Florida State University. She also enjoys all the things she couldn't easily do in New York City, such as camping, hiking, and kayaking. Her performances these days are limited engagements in her living room where she holds impromptu dance parties with her husband, Bryan, while their son, Frank rolls his eyes and their dog Thelma, keeps time with her wagging tail.
Andre Ignacio Dimapilis
Andre is a Filipinx-American culture-bearing performing artist, sound healer, theater educator, and peaceful warrior. His art-making in theatre, sound, movement, text, building relationships, and rituals are in harmony with the truths that he lives as a Filipinx-American, a male person of color (POC) living in the current times working towards social and racial justice. Andre has been devising theatre since 2010 in various communities (youth, elders, multidisciplinary artists, Filipinx-Americans, Indigenous Filipinx artists) all over the US and in Rwanda. He creates art focused on presenting stories of the human experience and engaging audiences to think critically about the world around us. Andre is the founder of Kalayaan Sound, LLC. Kalayaan is the Filipinx word for freedom, using the healing power of sound (from indigenous and traditional instruments) to reconnect and remember the freedom of the spirit. Andre infuses ancestral wisdom and indigenous knowledge for participants to listen with their body, connect with spirit, and have clear intentions during sound healing sessions for a personalized and meaningful experience. Follow him on Instagram @kalayaansoundllc.