Matt Jones – Host
As our host, he entertains the audience with his wit and humor while supporting and encouraging our amazing storytellers to step up to the microphone and share a part of themselves.
Rachna Prasad – Producter
“I’ve always thought that true stories are the best stories. And the best stories make you feel and help you learn. They have the power to take me out of my own head and into someone else’s world. There is a magic in stories that is real and attainable. The People Tree allows me to indulge my passion for stories and performance all on one stage!”
Claire Dee – Producer
Erica Katz – Producer
Simi Krishnan – Producer
Much like Peter Parker, Greg started wielding his superpowers as a teenager, starting PRESTO PRODUCTIONS. In addition to his work as a creative director and photographer, Greg spent six years as the Lead Editor & Motion Graphics Designer for The Second City, the world’s foremost comedy theater and launching pad for the biggest comedy superstars on the planet. He’s also directed webcasts for Rollingstone.com and artists like Aerosmith and Christina Aguilera.
Whether you want to discuss the philosophy behind dynamic storytelling, nerd out over the rumored new iPhone features, or debate who shot first in Star Wars (It was Han Solo) Greg is the guy who is here for all of it. He never met a green screen he didn’t like, and if you ask nicely, he’ll even show you a few magic tricks.
Inspired by magical realism, she loves to explore fantastical elements at play in the real world, both perceived and imagined.
Prior to having children, Adrienne took her senior thesis with Stephen King, built kayaks in Ireland, rode with gauchos in Brazil, drank aquavit in Norway, and won a bocce tournament in Argentina.
In her current life as a suburbanite and mom, her best travels have been inward – using photography and writing as portals through which to explore new Prior to having children, Adrienne took her senior thesis with Stephen King, built kayaks in Ireland, rode with gauchos in Brazil, drank aquavit in Norway, and won a bocce tournament in Argentina.
In her current life as a suburbanite and mom, her best travels have been inward – using photography and writing as portals through which to explore ethereal realms.
It looks like they shortened their bios as well
A good ole southern boy who has been taking photos since the 9th grade. Back then, it was a Polaroid – mainly because the pictures came out in 60 seconds – they weren’t too sharpe, but it was the memory that counts. From there, it was a combination of photos and sales.
While I was at the University of Alabama, I learned how to take good pictures with a really good Nikon – and it showed in the pictures of every main event on campus for our yearbook and the school newspaper, the Crimson and White. It also helped that I was able to sell ads in everything from the newspaper to the local radio stations. From there, I became a sales coach – listening to stories of companies and individuals who were frustrated in not meeting their sales goals, fearful of prospecting (cold and otherwise!) and learning how the need to be liked got in the way of getting to know a customer and what it took to close them.
On the photography side, it was a desire to just take that picture that one could read a story in. It could be how torn one was, capturing the fun of an evening or the retrospective of a life – pictures were created to make memories and stories live long after they have faded. Both are passions, along with a family of two (daughter Dyan with Brian and grandkid Colton – who’s a freshman at University of Illinois) and son Will (a professional photographer who loves traveling, music and, sadly, the Cubs!) and a wonderful wife Barbara (who was school guidance counselor when I met her and a great study in love and encouragement – or what some call patience and understanding). It is a honor that the People Tree has asked for pictures that capture the stories that grab one’s heart . We will be there to “click away”!