Staff

Sarah Austin Jenness

Sarah Austin Jenness has been on staff at The Moth since 2005. Despite rumors that it must be a laugh-track, her distinctive laugh can be heard on many Moth recordings. Each laugh is absolutely genuine.

Larry Rosen

Larry Rosen is a senior storytelling instructor with The Moth’s Community and Global Community Programs, as well as a Community Program Manager. Larry has been teaching, directing, and producing storytelling, theater, improvisation, and sketch comedy performance for more than 20 years, through institutions including Second City and The New York International Fringe Festival.

Jenelle Pifer

Jenelle Pifer is a writer, radio producer and Manager of The Moth Community Program. She has facilitated Moth workshops with organizations across New York City and launched the program's Justice Project, which works with individuals from communities affected by the criminal justice system. Before joining the Community Program, she produced Moth shows across the country and internationally, and she continues to direct stories for The Moth Mainstage. Her work has been featured by NPR, Longform, Creative Nonfiction, and others. Above all, she enjoys creating spaces where people can speak for themselves and be heard.

Instructors

Melissabrown

Melissa Brown is a teaching artist at B.A.M., The Shakespeare Society, and The Moth; Co-Artistic Director and resident playwright of theatre company ARTBARN; and faculty at CUNY-BCC. When not teaching, writing, or performing she's been known to bake a mean savory cupcake.

Casey Donahue

Casey Donahue is going on her fourth year teaching in both the Community and Education Programs here at The Moth. She also works as The Moth's Curatorial Associate, which means she gets to listen to a whole lot of stories, including every pitch that is submitted on The Moth's pitch hotline. When not teaching or working in the Moffice, Casey can be found uptown at Union Theological Seminary, where she is pursuing her Masters in Divinity. She also sings in the band Em & The Fates. Casey loves eating ice cream for breakfast and weaving through New York City streets on her bright red bicycle.

Sandrine Dupiton

Sandrine Dupiton started her professional career as an English and Creative Writing teacher and went on to serve as a teacher leader in both public and private schools. She is a published poet and Senior Writer for the celebrated New York based African Voices magazine. She has worked as a Teacher Artist using writing and performance to advance issues of social justice and personal empowerment, and currently works with Girl Be Heard, a theater and social justice-based program in Brooklyn, NY. She rounds out her work as a spiritual life coach and transformational workshop facilitator.

Dawn Fraser

Dawn J. Fraser is a storyteller, educator and a nationally acclaimed speaker. She is the Creator and Host of Barbershop Stories, which is a live show and podcast, and features stories shared between stylists and patrons, as well as curated true tales, told on site in barbershops and natural hair salons. Dawn delivers speeches on developing leadership potential through public narrative, is a well regarded speech coach, and a lead instructor with The Moth and The Story Studio. She was featured among some of the nation’s top changemakers at TED@NYC and has performed in shows including The Moth Mainstage, RISK, and The Unchained Tour. She loves being a twin, a Trinidadian, and tweetable @dawnjfraser.

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Cyndi Freeman has 21 years of experience as a storyteller and 8 years as a lead instructor with The Moth Community Program. She is a two-time NY Fringe Festival award-winning solo performer. Her solo shows have been presented in Boston, New York, Amsterdam, Ireland, Canada, the UK and at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Cyndi is a recipient of a grand prize playwriting fellowship award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and two artist-in-residence awards through the Brooklyn Arts Council: SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists City Wide) and SU-CASA. Other performance credits include appearances on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central.

Julian Goldhagen

Julian Goldhagen is an arts educator, sex educator, and performance artist based in Brooklyn. His storytelling work has been featured at the New Museum, NY International Fringe Festival, the United Nations Palais de Nacion, The Moth GrandSLAM, and The Moth Radio Hour. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Social Work with a focus on Community Organization at the Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College.

Nisse Greenberg

Nisse Greenberg is an award-winning storyteller who has won multiple Moth StorySLAMs and multiple First Person Arts Slams. He has produced and created experimental storytelling shows around New York City including Drawn Out Storytelling, Bad Feelings, and VHS Presents and is the New York producer of The Story Collider. He is a vegetarian by ethnicity and neurotic by identity. His solo show, "Eighth Grade," ran at the Frigid Festival in 2016, and his latest solo show, Nisse Greenberg's "an #Adult," is in currently running in New York and Philadelphia. He has also been a High School math educator for his entire adult life and is finding it hard to let go of that identity.

Jean Michele Gregory

Jean-Michele Gregory works as a director, editor, and dramaturg, focusing on extemporaneous theatrical works that live in the moment they are told. Working primarily with solo artists, she has staged productions at venues across the globe, including the Public Theater, the Sydney Opera House, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, and many more. She has told her own stories onstage with The Moth, The Liar Show, Women of Letters, and Speakeasy; has taught the art of first-person narrative at Colby College; and recently conducted a storytelling workshop in Fez, Morocco, with students from Lewis & Clark College and members of the local storytelling community. She continues to be amazed by the power of a good story, well told.

Bonnie Levison

Bonnie Levison is a lead instructor with The Moth Corporate and Community Programs and produces comedy and storytelling shows. She co-founded The Nantucket Comedy Festival, hosted WGCH radio show Anything Goes with Kim and Bonnie, and hosts CT-based storytelling show, The Story Barn, currently in its 5th year. Her stories have been featured on the Central Park Summer Stage, The Moth podcast and The Moth Radio Hour. Bonnie's children have threatened to defriend her on Facebook if she tells another story about them.

Tim Lopez

Tim Lopez is a compulsive storyteller and proud denizen of the StorySLAM scene. He has told over 50 stories on Moth stages in New York and Los Angeles, and has occasionally been crowned a winner. He has been an instructor with the Community and Education Programs since 2012 and has worked with groups such as the School for Classics, Instituto Cervantes, the 9/11 Tribute Center, and the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Tim is consistently humbled and grateful to be able to share in the gift of storytelling with others.

Judith Stone

Judith Stone (Judy to you!) has been a storyteller, host, and curator at The Moth, and was the president of its founding board, a position she earned by a coin toss. Stone is the author of Light Elements, Essays on Science from Gravity to Levity, a collection of her award-winning humor columns from Discover magazine, and When She Was White, named one of the Washington Post’s top 100 books; it was the basis for the movie Skin, starring Sophie Okonedo. A MacDowell Fellow, Judy was a contributing editor at O, The Oprah Magazine and Glamour, and the features editor of Mirabella. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, New York, Smithsonian, and many other publications. She taught literature and composition at San Francisco State University and Indian Valley Colleges in northern California, and for a year and a half during the Late Cretaceous Period, she was a member of the touring company of Second City, the Chicago improvisational troupe.

Rhonda Zangwill

Rhonda Zangwill is lucky to read and write and teach for a living and for pleasure. A former teaching artist in the NYC public schools, (poetry and urban archaeology) she has also published fiction and nonfiction in literary and online journals including Calyx, Natural Bridge and the Gotham Gazette. She has given readings for friends and strangers from New York City to Provincetown to Prague. She is thrilled that The Moth gives her the opportunity to work with a remarkably diverse group of people -- veterans, the incarcerated, urban activists, ESL students, to name just a few -- as they discover their stories. They are a constant source of inspiration.