Barefaced Stories was created in 2010 by local performers and producers Andrea Gibbs and Kerry O’Sullivan.
After Gibbs studied in NYC with award-winning storyteller Margot Leitman the pair were keen to start up a unique storytelling night in their own in home-town of Perth.
Wanting to inspire others to get involved and create a first-class show for their audience, the girls flew Leitman out from the USA in January 2011 to run a series of workshops for interested locals. 38 people signed up for that first workshop creating an unshakeable foundation of skilled raconteurs in Perth.
Since 2011 Barefaced Stories has grown enormously. With monthly sell-out shows, annual StoryBATTLE competitions, podcasts, Music Edition performances and regular international guest teachers (including Brian Finkelstein, host of The Moth LA). It has become one of the most popular storytelling nights in Australia, and a must-see on the Perth arts scene calendar. Click on our Shows tab to find out about upcoming performances.
Barefaced runs regular workshops for the general public, community groups and government bodies including The Mental Health Commission. To find out about upcoming workshops, click here.
Corporate shows and professional development training are available from Barefaced, including team building and how to create a compelling narrative in your business. Find out more on our corporate page.
Barefaced Stories artwork is designed by artist Matty Cipov from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Matty has worked with Andrea & Kerry since 2010 and given exclusive Australian Rights to the images provided of our mascot: Brutally Frank. You can check out more of Matty’s work on his website www.mattcipov.com
Who We Are
Originally hailing from Donnybrook, Western Australia – Andrea Gibbs is has been described as ‘the quintessential cousin from the country’ (The West). She is one of Perth’s best comedians, improvisers and storytellers. A core cast member in The Big HOO HAA! improv-comedy group, and regular guest on Russell Woolfe’s Drive Show (ABC Radio), her ability to adapt her comedy to the stage, screen & radio is a tribute to her versatility. She has performed in NYC and Canada, Boston Women In Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival & The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (RAW Comedy National Finals, The Comedy Zone & Starkers).
Her two biographical solo shows, ‘The Allnutt Street Diaries’ and ‘Grow Up’ that have been performed all over Australia & internationally. Andrea has written articles for The West Australian & Revelation magazine, sketch for stage & screen and is widely recognised as one of Perth’s best comedy actors.
Her radio credits include 96fm Breakfast Crew (2007-2008), ABC 720 Drive with Russell Woolfe, RTRfm Breakfast and Burning Down The House. Film/TV credits include Gavin Tanner (2013), The God Squad (2013), Very Small Business (ABCTV), Stepmonsters (Nickelodeon), My Year Without Sex (2009) and Cookie Crumbles (2013). Theatre credits include Perth Theatre Company, Black Swan State Theatre Company (as part of BSX) and Griffin Theatre (Sydney).
Kerry O’Sullivan is currently the Executive Director of The Blue Room Theatre, an artistic hub in the heart of Northbridge that supports independent theatre.
Kerry has a strong background in the independent theatre and comedy scene in Perth and has experience as and independent producer, writer, director, performer and stage manager. As a performer Kerry was a core member of The Big Hoo Haa for over nine years, performed stand up and was state finalist of the Triple J Raw Comedy Competition in 2005 and 2006. She produced and directed Five Unenviable Lives, (Winner, The Blue Room Theatre Members’ Choice Award), Directed Andrea Gibbs in Starkers (Wild West Comedy Festival) and produced Risky Lunar Love for theatre.
Kerry has worked as a Stage Manager for Perth Theatre Company’s Umbrella program, as Venue Manager for The Bakery during 2005’s Artrage Festival and was Associate Producer for the Fringe World Summit in 2011.
Kerry has been an Australia Council peer for the Art Start Grants and has been a judging panelist for The Perth International Comedy Festival (2011 & 2013), the Dublin Fringe (2011 & 2013) and was invited to the New York International Fringe Festival as the Australian Coordinator in 2011.