Story telling

Mental health nonprofit holds auditions for storytelling event – ​​Shaw Local

DeKALB – This Is My Brave Inc., the national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the stigma around mental illness through storytelling, will be heading to the Egyptian theater this fall. It is the only This Is My Brave event in Illinois.

TIMB DeKalb will hold auditions for the show on April 27, April 30, and May 1. The show seeks out local people who live with the challenges of mental health or addiction every day, telling their stories through word, poetry, music, dance and more. . Caregivers and loved ones are also encouraged to audition. Songs should be limited to five minutes.

This Is My Brave celebrates the power of speaking the truth and teaches audiences that people can live and thrive with mental illness. DeKalb’s performance is meant to spark conversations, empower people who identify with the performers’ stories, and break the stigma around mental illness and addiction.

No interpreting experience is necessary. Performers must be 18 years or older.

Auditions will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30 and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at the DeKalb County Community Building, 2500 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb.

This Is My Brave was the last at DeKalb with a moving and powerful show in 2019. The whole show can be watched online at

This Is My Brave was co-founded in Virginia and launched its first live show in 2014. Over the past six years, the non-profit organization has hosted shows in the United States and Australia.

To audition, register at For more information on This Is My Brave, visit or