Luke Vander Ploeg

Luke Vander Ploeg

Storyteller/Story-finder

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Hello. I am a storyteller.a theater artist.a documentary creator.a journalist.an activist.a science fiction lover.a classical singer.

I’m a born Michigander newly planted in Chicago

I am passionate about stories, and how they shape community.

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CREATIVE WORK

RADIO JOURNALIST

I report on, write, and produce stories for local NPR stations

AUDIO DOCUMENTARY CREATOR

I used my skills as a radio journalist and my curiosity about stories to create a documentary telling the stories of lesbian, gay, and bisexual students at a conservative college in the Chicago suburbs

ACTOR AND THEATER ARTIST

I’ve collaborated on projects with theater companies in Chicago, even helping to found a theater project with friends and colleagues

CLASSICAL SINGER AND VOICEOVER ARTIST

I use my training as a classical baritone both as a musician and as a commercial voiceover artist

FUN FACT


40+ STORIES PRODUCED


7 COUNTRIES TRAVELED


25+ PLAYS PERFORMED


250+ BOOKS OWNED

EXTENDED BIO

Ever since I was young, I’ve had a deep obsession with stories.  It’s no surprise that as I got older, I gravitated toward two very specific fields: journalism and the arts (music and theater).  I am a strong believer in the idea that these two disciplines share a common core: storytelling.  They both bring aspects of the human experience to an audience.  I think journalism and the arts are also connected in how essential they are to a healthy society.  Like nothing else, stories open people to each other, and that kind of openness has the power to heal and sustain communities.

I consider myself a storyteller and a story-seeker: a person trying his best to walk through the world with an open ear and an open heart.