Legacy Performer Spotlight: MJ Torrance

MJ Torrance is an Austin recording artist who has traveled extensively, witnessing and collecting tales of all kinds. Tonight’s story is one from being out on the road. You can check out what’s MJ’s up to on her website –

Tonight, MJ will share the story of a legacy borrowed in her piece Have I Got a Bathroom Story.


Legacy Performer Spotlight: Karen Ranus

Karen has served as the Executive Director of the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Austin) for the last 4 years. She gets excited seeing the small but meaningful ways the conversation about mental health is changing in our community. Even thought mental illness impacts 1 in 5 people, it’s still a topic most people whisper about. Karen often shares her family’s story to inspire and encourage others to do the same and firmly believes storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to diminish the shame that keeps people from accessing mental health help.

Karen will share her story of cultivating a legacy of laughter in her piece, The Day the Bubble Burst.


Legacy Performer Spotlight: Louise Gallup-Roholt

Louise Gallup-Roholt grew up in Ohio and went to grad school here in Texas. While at UT, she produced the deeply personal documentary “A Journey Back”. It won awards that set her on the path to LA, where she produced and wrote television shows that weren’t personal but fun nonetheless. Twenty years and several careers later, she’s in early pre-production on another documentary related her first. She moved back to Austin in 2010 to “live authentically”. Every day since, that means something a little different — but storytelling is definitely a part of the definition.

Tomorrow night, Louise will tell a tale of choosing her own legacy in her piece Fully Living.