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No, YOU Tell It!: College Try




Hosted by Ellie Dvorkin Dunn and Nicole Shawan Junior

A Trophy-Less Life by Brett Felder

Performed by Dion Flynn

Directed by Ellie Dvorkin Dunn

Buried by Dion Flynn

Performed by Brett Felder

Directed by Ellie Dvorkin Dunn

The Pickles Pickle by Kevin Allison

Performed by Najah Imani Muhammad

Directed by Nicole Shawan Junior

When Billymackin' Goes Wrong by Najah Imani Muhammad

Performed by Kevin Allison

Directed by Nicole Shawan Junior

Story Trivia

At the end of the show, audience members can answer trivia questions based on tonight’s stories for the chance to win a copy of the No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology.
Donations will be made to Bottom Line on behalf of the winners.

Bottom Line partners with thousands of degree-aspiring students from under-resourced communities as they get into college, graduate, and go far in life.
Learn more and get involved at

THE PERFORMERS (in alphabetical order)

The Creative Team (in alphabetical order)



No, YOU Tell It! is a nonfiction series that advocates for authentic personal stories by having storytellers speak each other’s words aloud, empowering voices on the page and stage. Our collaborative workshop process equips writers of all levels with literary tools to elevate the impact of their words. In 2022, No, YOU Tell It! celebrated 10 years of switched-up storytelling with the launch of a vibrant anthology that illustrates the history and development of the series over the past decade. Learn more about the series, purchase the anthology, and listen to our podcast at

Special thanks to No, YOU Tell It! staff and founding member Erika Iverson.


This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Susan Bay Nimoy, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the MacMillan Family Foundation, the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, The Achelis and Bodman Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Michael Tuch Foundation, the Vidda Foundation, and The Grodzins Fund.

This program is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Symphony Space thanks our generous supporters, including our Board of Directors, Producers Circle, and members, who make our programs possible with their annual support.

Pianos by Steinway & Sons – the Artistic Choice of Symphony Space.

Symphony Space Staff

Kathy Landau Executive Director
Peg Wreen
Managing Director
Isaiah Sheffer
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1988)
Artistic Director (1988-2010)
Founding Artistic Director (2010-2012)
Allan Miller
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1988)

Jennifer Brennan Director of Literary Programs
Drew Richardson
Lead Producer of Literary Programs
Vivienne Woodward
Producer of Literary Programs
Mary Shimkin
Director of Broadcast & Literary Initiatives
Matthew Love
Consultant for Literary Programs
Magdalene Wrobleski
Literary Assistant
Mollie Gordon Program Assistant
Madeleine Hearn
Literary Intern
Gabriela Parra
Lambis Literary Intern

*in memoriam

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