Tekki Lomnicki (Co-Founder, Artistic Director) believes in the healing power of stories. She is a solo performer, playwright, director and educator. She has devoted her craft to finding ways to incorporate her abilities and those of others to perform compelling stories. In 1995, Tekki and two friends formed Tellin’ Tales Theatre. The company, dedicated to building community through the art of storytelling, produces adult solo performance as well as a life changing mentoring program and show called Six Stories Up featuring kids and adults with and without disabilities. Tekki performs her critically acclaimed solo work for schools, conferences and theater audiences all over the US and Canada and starred in the award-winning film, The Miracle by Jeffrey Jon Smith. Tekki also taught for Chicago’s Gallery 37 and currently teaches solo performance to adults at the Victory Gardens Training Center and Prop Thtr. She is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship in New Performance Forms, the 2008 3Arts Artists Award in Theater and the 2010 Grigsby Award for Excellence in Solo Performance. She most recently was awarded the Dan Van Hecke award for outstanding leadership and service to the disability community. Tekki serves on the Inclusion Committee at Old St. Mary’s Church and is the District 6 Vice President of Little People of America.