- Third Coast Festival
- Navy Pier
- 848 East Grand
- Chicago, Illinois
small but mighty...
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.
Katie Mingle joined the Third Coast Festival staff in June, 2010. She produces Re:sound, hosts the Third Coast Podcast, and develops features for the website. We first noticed her in 2007 when she won our Best New Artist Award for The Dead Can’t Do You Nothin’. Before getting into radio, Katie painted houses and hung out on porches in the great state of North Carolina, where she says, "half of her heart still lives". Previous to joining the Third Coast staff, Katie taught audio editing and documentary skills to high school students and produced her own work, much of which has aired on Re:sound. To hear her work, check out her website.
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 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 is our current ShortDocs Challenge and Re:sound intern. A 2010 Middlebury Fellow in Narrative Journalism, she pursued a number of creative projects while in college, from writing a food blog about weird dining hall recipes to co-authoring the preeminent anonymous Twitter account on campus (think: The Onion meets liberal arts).
Still part of our extended family, these are the people who helped create and define Third Coast:
(Pictured left to right)
Board of Directors