• Third Coast Festival
  • Navy Pier
  • 848 East Grand
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • 60611-3509

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Johanna Zorn

Johanna Zorn, executive director and founder of the Third Coast Festival, has been committed to the development of contemporary audio culture for nearly three decades. Primarily in conjunction with Chicago Public Radio, she has produced a wide variety of acclaimed programs including Airplay, a newsmagazine for teenagers, and Studio A, a general interest daily talkshow. In the 1990’s, she became the executive producer of Chicago Matters, an award-winning annual public affairs series exploring topics of vital concern to the greater Chicago community. In 2009, she led efforts to transform the TCF into an independent media arts organization.


Sarah Geis

Sarah Geis is the incoming managing director of the Third Coast Festival. She began her career in audio at StoryCorps, where she travelled the country recording conversations with their Mobile and Griot tours. Later, she shifted her focus to community outreach as the manager of StoryCorps' San Francisco program. Most recently she completed a stint as an audio producer for This Land Press, a new media organization based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Originally from Chicago, she is thrilled to be back.

 

Dennis Funk

Dennis Funk joined the Third Coast Festival in February 2014. He produces Re:sound, hosts the Third Coast Podcast and makes features. Before coming to Third Coast, Dennis worked as a Broadcast Assistant for a London-based independent production company, helping develop documentaries and arts features for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. Dennis is a graduate of the MA Radio course at Goldsmiths, University of London.

 

Gwen Macsai

Gwen Macsai is host of Re:sound, the Third Coast Festival's weekly program on WBEZ-FM. An award-winning writer, producer and humorist, Macsai’s radio work has aired on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition Saturday. She’s also the creator of the television sitcom What About Joan starring Joan Cusack, and author of Lipshtick, a book of humorous first-person essays.

 

Laura Ng

Laura Ng is the TCIAF’s Festival Assistant, providing administrative support for all of the organization’s activities. As a part-time staffer, she spends her days soaking in wonderfully made audio stories and thinking logistically about how to bring this joy to producers and fans alike. In her other life, she volunteers as the executive director of Traffick Free – an education and awareness organization combating human trafficking in the Chicago area.

 

Maya Goldberg-Safir

Maya Goldberg-Safir is TCIAF's social media strategist, spending much of her time on the web and behind-the-scenes. A self-identified "ghost tweeter," Maya spent almost a year as both a ShortDocs and Re:sound intern at Third Coast before taking on our social media channels. Maya is a graduate of Middlebury College where she was a 2010 Fellow in Narrative Journalism and produced the radio show "Midd Vox Pop." Her first friend in Chicago goes by the name of Pidgey.

 

Emeritus

Still part of our extended family, these are the people who helped create and define Third Coast:

Julie Shapiro
Katie Mingle
Delaney Hall
Roman Mars
Katia Dunn
 

(Pictured left to right)

Gwen Macsai

Dennis Funk

Sarah Geis

Johanna Zorn

Maya Goldberg-Safir

 

Board of Directors

Lane Vanderslice
President

Donna Schatt
Vice President

Scott Healy
Treasurer

Lee Greenhouse
Secretary

Jeremy Adelman
Director

Daniel Ash
Director

Margo Blair
Director

Athene Carras
Director

Dror Karidi
Director

Mary Murphy
Director

Johanna Zorn
Director

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Emeritus:
Michelle Boone
Lisa Yun Lee
 

 

 

 


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