SHorSTory theatre

Our Next Storytelling Event
Thursday Night
July 18, 2024
7:30 p.m.

The Art Center Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Rd.
Highland Park, Illinois 60015



With Storytellers:
Judy Yacker

Rick Leslie
Lou Greenwald
Judith MK Kaufman
Holly Birnbaum 
& Patrick Curtin

TICKETS: $15.00

Note: Performances usually sell out.


RESERVE EARLY ONLINE. seating (cash or check only)

depending on availability.



Thursday, August 22, 2024, 7 pm
Storytelling with World-Renowned
Storyteller Donald Davis plus Beth Horner
Tickets: $30; Some scholarships available
To Reserve:


For Submission Guidelines contact:


Some audience responses to our storytelling:

"Thursday night was such a joyous occasion. Short Story Theatre is back and at a wonderful and beautiful venue."

"It was a wonderful return to Short Story Theatre! We enjoyed every story, and the evening was magical."

"The presenters were each wonderful in their own way - such a fun evening."
Responses from our storytellers:
"We had so much fun doing it, and the audience was so responsive."

"Thank you for including me in the lineup. So many wonderful stories last night."

"Every story was really awesome. So happy to be part of it.


Short Story Theatre was founded in 2012 

by Rick Leslie, Donna Lubow & Susan Block.


Mission Statement:

Our concept is to present storytelling as an entertaining theatrical event. We are dedicated to promoting awareness of storytelling as a vibrant, contemporary art form.  Our stories are creative non-fiction, based on our personal experiences, but with universal themes.  We meld our writing skills and performance skills to entertain and inspire our audiences.  



Our founders have backgrounds in theatre, television, advertising, painting, writing, and teaching. So why not storytelling?  After seeing Rick Leslie perform a story in Chicago in early 2012, Susan Block and Donna Lubow thought -"we should do this in the suburbs!" Our first venture was at "Vibe at 1935" in Highland Park. Performances were sold-out, and audiences were sold on spending an enjoyable evening eating, drinking and listening to 4 10-minute stories. Writers/actors around town heard about us and wanted to be a part of the excitement we were building. Our next moves were to the following venues: Bertucci's in Highwood, Laughing Chameleon in Glenview, Cellar Gate in Highwood, Books on Vernon in Glencoe, the Wilmette Theatre, The Alley in Highwood, at Miramar Bistro in Highwood for several years, and now at The Art Center Highland Park.  Since we began, over 60 storytellers have shared their personal stories with us.  We continue to offer writers and actors opportunities to entertain audiences with enlightening stories.           



Donna Lubow, Producer and Emcee, a co-founder of Short Story Theatre,  has taught English literature and drama to all age groups, and has performed in, produced and directed numerous plays all on the North Shore of Chicago.  She co-founded several theatres including Highland Park Players, Attic Playhouse in Highwood, Theatre in the Woods in Riverwoods, and ARTicuLIT Readers Theatre, a touring company.