Liz Filios

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Hi friends, I've decided to create a model where everyone can have access to all of these services, regardless of how much they're able to contribute. You can choose a monthly level that works for you, and contribute whatever you choose!
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Hi friends, I've decided to create a model where everyone can have access to all of these services, regardless of how much they're able to contribute. You can choose a monthly level that works for you, and contribute whatever you choose!
  • Access to Story Time in the Zoom Room Play Group
  • Bi-Weekly Zoom Room Newsletter
  • Access to all online workshops/offerings
  • Pay What You Decide 1 on 1 Voice Lessons
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Hi friends, I've decided to create a model where everyone can have access to all of these services, regardless of how much they're able to contribute. You can choose a monthly level that works for you, and contribute whatever you choose!
  • Access to Story Time in the Zoom Room Play Group
  • Bi-Weekly Zoom Room Newsletter
  • Access to all online workshops/offerings
  • Pay What You Decide 1 on 1 Voice Lessons

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Welcome friends,

I'm Liz! Thank you for visiting the Patreon Page for Story Time in the Zoom Room. My goal, with your support, is to offer quality programming for children and families sheltering at home, while also creating paid opportunities for artists who have lost work in the pandemic.

So what is Story Time in the Zoom Room all about?


"In what may be the most underrated, mixed-bag 25 minutes on Facebook Live, actor-musician-producer Liz Filios happily, unselfconsciously grooves onto screen before introducing a handful of talented friends who take about five minutes each to tell a story, sing a song, teach a dance, make a parfait, or explain the clarinet — while being lovably goofy. It’s what your dream pre-K teacher might do, only scheduled so you can answer a few more emails before dinner. What’s more: Filios chats with followers in real time.” -The Inquirer

How did Story Time begin?


In late March, my amazing friend Catherine Price asked me to hop on a Zoom call with her 5-year-old daughter and a few of her preschool friends, to sing a song -- little did I know that that impromptu playgroup would change my life. Fast-forward over a month into quarantine, and Story Time in the Zoom Room has hosted 6 weeks' worth of Zoom Rooms, every weekday afternoon for families living everywhere from New York to Chicago to Portland, utilizing the talents of 45 different guest artists from all over the country. Thanks to the sponsorship of with Theatre Horizon we've also provided 5 weeks' worth of free programming for children anywhere, anytime through FB Live.

Why did you create this program?


Well, mainly because my friend's daughter was going stir crazy in quarantine. But also because I had very little work left after the pandemic. I am an actor, musician and voice teacher based in Philadelphia. Until late March, I worked 3 jobs in theatre, 2 in music education, and as many additional gig contracts as I could throughout the year. Then within the span of a few days, every upcoming event from every source of income I had, was either cancelled or postponed until next year.

I love the work that I do, and I have made material sacrifices my whole life in order to sustain myself as an independent artist -- but introducing one chaotic factor into that equation makes the fragility of my career, and the careers of my friends and colleagues, painfully clear.

I'm concerned about my kids having so much screen time.

Understood. If you join us, you're by no means required to watch every day. And if you're trying to re-think screen/life balance in general, here's an amazing article that my friend Catherine (the same friend who encouraged me to begin this adventure) wrote:

"Recognize that just as there are different types of food, there are different types of screen time. Some feel more “nutritious” than others, and their effects on our moods and mental health can vary, depending on the content, context and dose. Reading an e-book in the bath will probably feel different from scrolling through social media. For kids, watching cartoons will feel different from participating in an interactive music class or live story time." -The New York Times

How can I help?

Please consider supporting this page, and others like it, so that we artists may continue to support you! And come be a part of this space we've created, where parents and children can laugh and sing with other families, dance out their feelings, play and create with other children, and hopefully feel some sense of normalcy and a little joy.

Thanks for your help!

Liz Filios

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