Center for Creativity

Open Mics


Open Mic Open Minds

Open Mic Open Minds mental health promotional picture

Monday, Mar. 4  |  8:30-10 p.m.  |  Nordy's Place


Join the C4C and Pitt Active Minds for Open Mic Open Minds! In this collaboration designed to increase awareness of and destigmatize mental illness through creativity, we invite you to come and share work that speaks to personal experience with mental health.

Open Mic Open Minds will feature performances by Hannah Eko and Heather Kresge. And then our mic opens up to you to share your own work. All performative art forms, from spoken word and poetry to storytelling to music, are welcome! Please check out our content guidelines for this special open mic.

In addition to standard open mic slots, where participants perform their own material, we are also reserving time for anonymous or volunteer-performed pieces. If you're uncomfortable performing your own work, or if you're a performer who would like to volunteer to share other creators' work, please see our How to Participate details

Additional info and resources related to mental health will be available at the event. We look forward to sharing the stage with you!


Featured performers:

HANNAH EKO is a writer, storyteller and graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has been published in Bust, B*tch and Buzzfeed. She blogs at

HEATHER KRESGE is "a punk-ass word jockey and professional photographer who can’t sit still" and a 2016 Writing Away the Stigma Fellow with Creative Nonfiction.

LAUREN RUSSELL is the author of What’s Hanging on the Hush (Ahsahta Press, 2017). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Cave Canem, and VIDA/The Home School, and her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, boundary 2, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, The Brooklyn Rail, and Bettering American Poetry 2015, among others. She is a research assistant director and assistant director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh. For more information, see



Spring C4C Open Mic @ Nordy's

Monday, Apr. 1  |  8:30-10 p.m.

The C4C Open Mic Night at Nordy's Place is a chance for performers of all kinds – writers, musicians, comics, storytellers, and others – to meet and mingle while showcasing their skills. All levels and styles are welcome! Whether you're an experienced performer or a first-timer looking for a supportive and enthusiastic audience, the C4C Open Mic is for you. 

All performance genres are welcome: poetry or prose, music (original or covers), comedy, performance art, storytelling, monologues, magic…. If you can do it in public, you can sign up for a slot!

For more information about what to expect, and answers to frequently-asked questions about content/language, see our Open Mic Info & Gallery page.

Important Info

  • Open mic sign up is first-come, first-served and begins at 8:30 pm.  
  • Performance slots are 6-7 minutes each. 
  • We love solo and groups! If you perform as part of a small group (2-4 people), we will try to accommodate to the best of our ability, given available tech and space. 
  • Your performance slot includes setup time, so it’s a good idea to keep it simple! 
  • Musicians, bring your own instruments! 

This event is free and open to members of the University of Pittsburgh community.

Bring your talent. Bring a friend. Bring it on.