Every month, Testify brings five different storytellers to the stage to share five very different stories.
Meet the storytellers for Testify’s July show The Winter’s Tale.
Katie Goan is excited to be back on the Testify stage after a two-year hiatus. Katie is a writer, producer and administrator who has worked in show biz for more than 20 years. She currently works in communications and is a volunteer for Beto O’Rourke’s grassroots campaign. Katie is a fan of animals, sports and all things related to food and drink.
Nari is a writer of bad jokes, true stories, sentimental letters, political screeds, infotainment presentations, poetic protestations, and the occasional public bathroom vulgarity. She admires beautiful people as much as the beautiful things they create, and she thinks Austin has a precious wealth of both. You can find Nari blogging about a few of her favorite things at knowbyheart.net.
For years, Christine was a prolific writer, having had five screenplays optioned. At some point, however, other projects and priorities usurped the writing. She thought she was simply pressing pause on it. And then twenty years passed. In 2017, Christine went through a divorce, and felt compelled to capture that experience in words, for catharsis if nothing more. When she unpressed that pause button, the words just fell out of her.
It has taken a different form; more memoir and personal essay than script, and each piece is written longhand in a handmade book, on thick paper, bound in leather, held closed by an antique lock and key. This work feels more like ritual, more therapeutic and than commercial. It begs for her to speak it aloud. It mirrors her previous writing in that it is to be performed, but this time, given voice by Christine.
Tim Skaggs is a former sports journalist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express-News, and various other publications. He has a Communications degree from Texas Christian University that includes minors in Sociology and Theatre. He proudly utilizes those three disciplines daily in the pursuit of Standup Comedy, Storytelling, and Improv – and as a tool to navigate through general life. He and his wife Brenda reside in New Braunfels, Texas. Together, they’re raising two cats (Frank and Mango) that arguably have a higher quality of life than their own masters.
Amy Winters is a writer, editor, and Krav Maga instructor. On her First-Person Fighter podcast, she interviews martial artists and fighters to learn their stories. Do not fuck with Amy. Do find her at firstpersonfighter.com.