There is nothing a written bio can tell you about Lily that meeting her in person cannot do better. Sincerely, Lily needs to be experienced and heard live, but for the sake of the internet.
Lily was born in raised in Humboldt Park, Chicago. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and mother of Xavier genius extraordinaire. For real, for real; he's studying biomolecular quantum mechanics or something like that.
Lily had her son at 17 years old, two years after moving out of her home. The stories she shares on stage and with students are of a woman that did what she needed to do to be who she is today. The stories are never written or read off paper. Lily Be has mastered the art of being able to share stories constructed in her mind, fed by her heart, filtered through her soul, and shot out of her mouth. Lily be tells stories that seem romanticized, they aren't always palatable, but her stories are honest, poignant, and still connected to something bigger. (Unless it's her latex story, that one is just pure unadulterated fun.)
Her journey into storytelling was entirely by accident. She holds no significant degrees or certifications that make her "qualified," but that hasn't mattered. Lily Be has succeeded in becoming the first, (in The Moth's 20 year history), Latina GrandSLAM winner in 2013. Her performance and win would inspire future Latinos to compete in The Moth and win.
Lily Be hasn't kept her lack of education from learning and encouraging others. Her Second City class, Discovering Your Story, helped hundreds of people from all walks of life find their most authentic stories and share them on stage. She can get a CEO, a teenager from the hood, a divorced dad, an alcoholic, and a trans woman to open up and share their deepest of stories and together reflect on them. Her ability to make anyone feel like they can do what she does is like nothing you've ever experienced.
She gets storytelling in a way that makes anyone believe that their stories, no matter how big or small, matter.
"Everything you have experienced has brought you to this moment in your life. Think about that, EVERYTHING. So if you get stuck in an elevator today with six strangers, EVERYTHING, which happened to them and you have brought you all to this moment and place, stuck in an elevator. So it doesn't matter that you have no money, or that she is the CEO of a company, or that you have a drinking problem, you're all here now, and that to me is amazing to think about, right? Life is the elevator. I'm curious to know what got us all here. Let's share some stories until we get out of here."
Her point always being, the is no bad from which good cannot come.
This woman is a modern day griot.
Her one-woman show, No Hay Mal (There is No Bad) explored how we cannot allow fear to take control of becoming our most authentic selves.
Lily Be is truth and understanding. She created The Stoop in 2013 to help people find their truths to get a better understanding of themselves and the people the world in which they navigate. Her focus has been on encouraging new tellers from communities and backgrounds similar to hers, to open up and share their stories on stage. She's used The Stoop to give back to community organizations putting in the work to help the most marginalized citizens among us. She teaches free workshops in communities whose narratives are often left out of the conversation or worse, told they don't matter. Storytelling is a labor of love that Lily has turned into a calling. Again, there is nothing a written bio can tell you about Lily Be that meeting her in person cannot do better.
Go catch one of her performances. Go sit in on a workshop. There's no guarantee Lily Be will not make you share a story. In fact, she won't make you, you will WANT to, and you will be better for it.
Lily is a nanny, carpenter, storyteller, artist, community supporter, educator, and believer in dreams. Book her for any and all your storytelling needs.