Performers

Every month, Testify brings five different storytellers to the stage to share their stories.

Meet the storytellers for Testify’s 8th Anniversary show on September 30th. 

Mark Gifford
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Mark Gifford has been a professor of composition and rhetoric at the University of Texas in San Antonio for sixteen years. Mark is also a storyteller and has performed in multiple shows, including several appearances at Testify, as well as on Texas Public Radio’s “Worth Repeating,” at Hyde Park Storytelling, Backyard Story Night, and Story Bar. Mark co-founded the YouTube channel “Like Minded Lunatics” with his writing partner and friend Todd Wright, and while Mark stills writes and performs solo, his greatest joy is collaborating on projects with his friends and sharing those collaborations on the Like Minded Lunatics channel

Shayne Larango

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Susan Mack is a writer, poet and mother to two teenagers and a dog. She is currently serving as managing editor of the Rio Review, working on a public health research project, and trying to make sure her children actually get on Zoom for their classes each day. She has told stories at multiple Austin venues, holds the title of 2019 Bulb Story Slam Grand Champion. and will be starting an MFA at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in January..

Aralyn Hughs
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Over the years, Karen Jantsch has leveraged a natural gift for gab and an appreciation for spoken word into presenting, producing and hosting a variety of storytelling shows here in Austin–the city she’s called home for the last 14 years. As a long time fan of the series, she’s thrilled to finally be taking the Testify stage to share a personal story with all of you..

 

Abel Lomas
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Abel has yet to meet a stranger but continues to try. Some of his favorite interactions with newly-found friends occur at coffee shops, where baristas make him the butt of every joke.  As proof, he once received an order with his name spelled “A-Hole”.

Susan Mack
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Susan Mack is a writer, poet and mother to two teenagers and a dog. She is currently serving as managing editor of the Rio Review, working on a public health research project, and trying to make sure her children actually get on Zoom for their classes each day. She has told stories at multiple Austin venues, holds the title of 2019 Bulb Story Slam Grand Champion. and will be starting an MFA at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in January.

Karen Jantsch
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Over the years, Karen Jantsch has leveraged a natural gift for gab and an appreciation for spoken word into presenting, producing and hosting a variety of storytelling shows here in Austin–the city she’s called home for the last 14 years. As a long time fan of the series, she’s thrilled to finally be taking the Testify stage to share a personal story with all of you.