Our Team

Rachna Prasad

Rachna Prasad

Cofounder, Producer, Director

Rachna wants to know why you chose that career, how he proposed, and why she wears that locket every day. The small talk on the playground simply whetted her appetite to know more about the people in her community. She soon began hosting a monthly Story Night at home. After binging on storytelling podcasts and exhausting her friends and family, a trip to a live event in Chicago convinced her that colorful and diverse Naperville was the perfect place for a show! After co-founding First Person Live, she is excited to dig more deeply into local stories and storytellers with The People Tree.
 
At home, Rachna strives to stay one step ahead of the three kids she shares with her husband Jesse, all while trying to make the perfect cup of chai. She's almost nailed it. The chai that is. The kids are another story.

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Claire Dee

Cofounder, Producer, Director

Claire has always been passionate about stories and is an avid fan of The Moth. As a child she enjoyed sitting at the kitchen table, listening to family lore about playing in WWII bomb craters, carrying musical instruments across fields to perform gigs, not to mention successfully outrunning a charging bull! At the weekends or during vacation time she'd visit ancient English homes and Gardens and imagine stories about the long-dead occupants and their ghosts….!
 
She has performed live at Naperville's Ghost stories in the park, in the dark and
The People Tree, but her true passion is helping storytellers "find their message" and develop their stories one on one and through TPT's workshops so they are prepared for the stage.

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Kat Gilbert

Cofounder

After relocating to California, Kat is no longer with TPT but helped found our organization as creative director. Kat's interest in the social art movement and an invitation to a local storytelling group led her to actively support the craft of storytelling in all aspects, traditional, creative, educational, cultural, personal, and therapeutic. 

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Matt Jones

Host

Matt Jones.

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Adrienne Harvey

Event Photographer

Adrienne Harvey.

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Roli Prasad

Tickets

Roli Prasad.

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Carrie Simkins

Greeter

Carrie Simkins